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Local Synagogues To Tighten Security Following Kansas City Shooting

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The shootings at the Kansas City Jewish Center and retirement complex has left leaders of the Quad Cities Jewish Center grieving and worried."Whenever something like this happens, the first reaction is just sadness. You just feel sad for all the people whose lives were lost and all the people affected by that," explained Rabbi Tamar Grimm with the Tri-City Jewish Center.  "For something like this to happen right before Passover, it's sort of a sign to us that the oppression that we endured so many years ago, unfortunately we are still dealing with the ripple effects of that today." Rabbi Grimm says the shooting serves as both a wake up call and reminder of the hatred the Jewish community continues to endure.

"It makes us realize again how much we must be careful, take every precaution because we don't know what's going to happen," said Allan Ross with the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities.  Ross and other leaders in the Jewish community the shooting has them re-thinking their security procedures.  They already have police present when they hold events, but now they are wondering if there should be even more.

"When something like this happens, we all talk to each other. we're notified right away and take precautions we can to make sure our community and facility is safe," said Ross. "There will be a meeting and we will talk to each other. The rabbi's and president's of the organization and see where we can make improvements." He says those improvements could potentially keep members of the Jewish community in the Quad Cities out of harms way.

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