Northwest Arkansas Temple Responds to Deadly Shooting in California

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FAYETTEVILE, Ark. (KFTA)–Northwest Arkansans are feeling the impact of anti-semitic violence that left one person dead and three others injured in California.

The deadly shooting wasn’t the first time jewish synagogues have been under attack. 

A rabbi at Temple Shalom in Fayetteville tells Fox 24 precautionary steps have been taken in case a shooting tragedy like that in California were to happen in Northwest Arkansas.

After the Pittsburgh and New Zealand shootings, the temple brought in a police officer to train them on how to react in case of an active shooter.

The recent attack in the city of Poway happened on a holy holiday, the last day of Passover.

Rabbi Jacob Alder said it’s a sad reality, but to him the timing makes perfect sense.

This has spurred conversations to possibly increase security at the temple. 

Rabbi Adler said he appreciates the love and support from the community, but wants to emphasize the importance of shutting down anti-Semitism we see around us. 

He said, “Definitely reject the kind of thinking that leads to this kind of event. There is prejudice, narrow-mindedness, xenophobia of all kinds anti-semitism, anti-muslim thought, anti this or that, and we really need to be strong and  stand against that.”

Rabbi Adler said there are plans in motion for a prayer service but the date is not set.

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