Two Saturdays ago, Sabbath prayers were interrupted by gunfire at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Once the shooting ended, 11 worshipers had been killed and a suspect was charged with murder and federal hate crimes.
Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts Executive Director Stewart Bromberg told 22News that he heard about the deadly mass shooting just after returning from Israel where antisemitism was discussed.
“It was heartbreaking,” Bromberg said. “It’s something I get very emotional about and we had a community gathering the day after on Sunday.”
Bromberg told 22News part of his responsibility will be to recommend security improvements at houses of worship. He was assigned this task before the shooting rampage at the Pittsburgh synagogue.
“I don’t know if we can ever have too much security. This community has more security than many I’ve been in or worked in, but there are lots of places we need to beef it up.”
Bromberg said his agency will try to find and provide the funding for locations where a need for additional security are identified.
In the meantime, he supports more inter-faith dialogue in the weeks and months to come.