Recently, Rabbi Yaakov Zucker of Chabad Jewish Center, along with a handful of congregants, in the small town of Key West has started going to target practice.
“We pray on one hand, but we’re also armed on the other hand, not in a vigilante way … I hope I’ll never have to use it, but I am ready for any threat that enters my temple. I do feel responsibility,” he said.
Zucker said he doesn’t have the funds to hire a full-time security guard but makes sure at least one other person at the temple is also armed. After the Pittsburgh attack, he started asking local police to hang out during big events or for holidays and he says they’ve obliged.
(From AP News courtesy of Lisa Pasquale founder of Bright)
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