Local places of worship increasing security amid recent synagogue shootings

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – New details are emerging from this weekend’s deadly shooting in a synagogue in California. 

The B’nai Torah synagogue in Longmeadow is focusing on increasing their security after the deadly shooting in Poway, California. 

A teenager shot and killed a woman and wounded three others at a California synagogue Saturday. Police arrested the suspected gunman, John Earnest after he drove away from the synagogue. 

This synagogue shooting comes more than six weeks after 50 people were shot and killed by a gunman at two mosques in New Zealand. 

“The first thing that needs to be done is not to be intimidated or cowed because that’s exactly what these evil ones doing the acts wants,” said Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe. 

The congregation, B’nai Torah, has taken a proactive approach to ensure the safety of everyone who worships there. They have a dedicated security team that keeps an eye on the security cameras around the synagogue.  

B’nai Torah has 12 security cameras and closely monitors them from inside the building. The woman who was killed in California was shot when she stepped in front of the rabbi. 

Rabbi Yaffe hopes this act of heroism brings some comfort to those impacted by this tragedy. 

“I see positive things coming out of this I see out of the bitterness coming sweetness because I think we will come together better,” said Rabbi Yaffe. 

Raffi Yaffe said they plan to install more security cameras and will review their evacuation plan at upcoming meetings. 

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