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August 24, 2017 3:33 pm

After Charlottesville, and With High Holidays Ahead, ADL Reaches out to Jewish Institutions Over Security

avatar by Barney Breen-Portnoy

Demonstrators carry Nazi and Confederate flags in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12. Photo: Anthony Crider via Wikimedia Commons.

With many American Jews fearing for their safety following the white supremacist-instigated violence in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month, and with the fall High Holidays fast approaching, the Anti-Defamation League provided a security briefing this week to hundreds of community leaders and security officials at Jewish institutions across the country.

“For the Jewish community, security is always a concern,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said. “There’s no reason for alarm in the aftermath of Charlottesville, but we felt it was important for ADL to bring law enforcement and Jewish community institutions together to ensure communities across the country are prepared and safe.”

Speakers on the call included representatives from the ADL’s Center on Extremism, two FBI executives and the ADL’s communal security expert.

Additional briefings will be held in the lead-up to the High Holidays, which begin on the evening of September 20, the ADL said. Furthermore, the ADL will be organizing meetings with local law enforcement and community officials throughout the US to assess the post-Charlottesville security situation.

As previously reported by The Algemeiner, questions have been raised over whether police adequately protected Congregation Beth Israel — Charlottesville’s only synagogue — during the Aug. 12 unrest.

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