U.S. Jewish Communities Face Up to New Security Challenges After Pittsburgh and Poway

30 May 2019

Jewish communities across the United States are debating how to strengthen security measures at their synagogues, schools and community centers in light of the ongoing wave of anti-Semitic incidents.

Over the past two weeks alone, synagogues in the suburbs of Boston and Chicago were subject to arson attempts. Previously, events like these would immediately become national headlines, but seven months after the terror attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and less than a month after a similar attack on a Chabad synagogue in Poway, California, the media seems less interested in attacks that (luckily) did not lead to any fatalities.

“We are dealing with a new reality and, unfortunately, events like these are happening more often,” says Allen Fagin, executive vice president at the Orthodox Union.

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