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State Police increasing patrols for Yom Kippur

VESTAL (WBNG) — State police will be beefing up security at synagogues and religious centers as members of the Jewish Community are gathering for Yom Kippur.

Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered the increase “to ensure this sacred day is not disturbed by anyone seeking to spread division or fear.”

12 News spoke with Rabbis earlier Tuesday afternoon, who say increased security is a sad reality that places of worship have to deal with.

“We have to be mindful, and we have to take measures. We can’t be naive,” said Rabbi Geoffrey Brown of Temple Israel. “For some reason people want to come armed and hurting innocent people because of their own inborn hatred that can’t be explained.”

They say it’s something temples and religious centers in our area have had to adjust to.

“Locking our doors. We didn’t used to lock our doors during service, we now have somebody who’s positioned there,” said Rabbi Geoffrey Brown.

“We’re continuously exploring different measures of what we can do to strengthen the security but make sure that our center remains a place that’s warm and welcoming and people don’t feel concerned to come and pray and worship,” said Rabbi Levi Slonim of Chabad at Binghamton.

To add to all of that, Rabbis say to have the presence of State Police available, especially during a service as large as one for Yom Kippur, is just another source of comfort.

“There’s a very multiplicative effect that happens when you have a uniformed somebody at a door who knows what they’re doing,” said Rabbi Geoffrey Brown.

All to ensure everyone doesn’t only have a good holiday, but a safe one.

Annie Flaherty

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