Jewish groups tightening security

Posted: Friday, February 23, 2001

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Fearing anti-Semitic violence, Jewish groups in Rhode Island are tightening security in synagogues and community centers.

About 30 Jewish institutions across the state are installing alarm systems, surveillance cameras and other monitoring devices with funds from the Jewish Federation of Rhode Island, The Providence Journal reported.

The heightened security measures were prompted by the white supremacist who opened fire at a suburban Los Angeles Jewish community center two years ago, Jewish leaders say. But recent events have supported the decision to take extra precautions, they say.

There have been more than 200 anti-Semitic acts of violence in the world's major cities, including some in the U.S., since the latest outbreak of fighting between Israelis and Palestinians, according to the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center. No incidents have been reported in Rhode Island.

The Jewish Federation, a nonprofit fund-raising organization based in Providence, is spending $300,000 on the security.

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