With anti-Semitism on the rise, and Jewish houses of worship becoming prospective targets for Islamic attack, more Jews are arming themselves:
Some rabbis approve of congregants coming armed to synagogue, though they are a minority.
Rabbi Stuart Federow, who leads Shaar Hashalom, a Conservative congregation in Houston, said that because synagogues are a prime terrorist target, he is thankful for congregants who arm themselves. He said that dozens of people of all ages show up to an informal Jewish group called Glocks & Bagels, which meets infrequently at a local firing range.
âI know there are members of my congregation who do, in fact, carry a gun when they are at my synagogue. I have no problem with them doing that,â Federow said.
Congregation Shearith Israel, in Atlanta, has no official policy allowing guns, which makes the carrying of a firearm inside the building illegal. But apart from the âphilosophicalâ problem of violating the law, the congregationâs rabbi, Hillel Norry, said he does not mind if a congregant brings a concealed weapon to services. âWe have an armed security guardâŚ every Shabbat,â Norry said. âBut heâs just one guy.â
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