Synagogues look at security as 9/11 landmark nears

| September 8, 2011

Although this year’s High Holidays follow close behind the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, local synagogues are not making any major overhauls to their usual security procedures.

The Jewish Federation of Cleveland, through briefings with national advisory organization Secure Community Network (SCN), has encouraged synagogues and other member agencies to revisit security plans, said Federation security chair Jeffrey Davis. However, there is no indication from local or federal resources that a terror plot against Jewish institutions is underway, he said.

Federation has been reminding its agencies to watch out for odd behavior to ensure their facility does not become a “soft target,” said Davis. The danger from a “lone wolf,” like the shooter who attacked the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2009, is more prevalent these days than is an organized assault from a terror group.

“If you see something out of the ordinary, report it,” Davis said.

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