Mid-Hudson synagogues always alert

| June 8, 2009

MONROE — Rabbi Adam Kligfeld ponders the arrests of four Newburgh men on charges of plotting to blow up two synagogues and shoot down aircraft at Stewart Airport and wishes he could call it an aberration.

But he cannot, and so he is deliberately vague about the security improvements that have been made at Congregation Eitz Chaim since the FBI arrested the four men on May 20. Later this year, he will move to a big synagogue in Los Angeles. That synagogue has a round-the-clock security presence, and Kligfeld is pretty sure there will come a day when going to synagogue means passing through security, in L.A., and Riverdale and Monroe.

"My wish is that it were an aberration," he says of the arrests, "and my deep sense is that it is not, that in some ways we are exposed — that all Americans are. It's frankly surprising that there are not more of these events that come to the surface. I don't think it's an aberration, and I think that synagogues in America have, unfortunately, gotten more serious about security."

 

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