Western Massachusetts Jewish leaders addressing safety concerns after mass murder

Hampden County

Federal officials said hate drove Robert Bowers to shoot and kill 11 people at the “Tree of Life” synagogue in Pittsburgh Saturday. The shooting is considered the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in America. 

“Hate, is not just anti-Semitism. The hate that is out there in the world right now is dangerous and its dangerous for everybody,” said Jewish Federation of western Massachusetts CEO Stewart Bromberg. 
 Earlier this year, The Jewish Federation of western Massachusetts hired an outside consultant to assess the local Jewish community’s risk for an attack. 

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and Police Commissioner John Barbieri have reached out to Synagogues and the Jewish Community Center to provide additional security, to make sure everyone feels safe in this difficult. 

“I had a conversation with them last night at the community gathering and they have made an offer to help us with security issues, as well as, help us with some of the training we need to bring out to the whole community and the other agencies,” Bromberg told 22News. 

At the Springfield JCC, only certain people can access certain parts of the building. A policy that has been implemented after emailed threats were received earlier this year. Threats that turned out to be a hoax.

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