Increased security considered for Passover

NJ Burkett reports on possible increased security measures at NYC area synagogues in light of anti-semitic shooting in Kansas City.
April 15, 2014 4:27:42 AM PDT
On the streets of New York City's Jewish communities, there is sadness and a newfound sense of vulnerability.

Sunday's shootings in suburban Kansas City have left many Jewish New Yorkers on edge. Security at larger synagogues and Jewish centers is routinely stepped up. Now, many smaller institutions have the same concerns.

"This was definitely a wake-up call," said Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld of Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hill.

Rabbi Schnfeld has a congregation of 500, where they are now planning to hire a security guard.

As families burned their leavened bread in ceremonial bonfires across the area and bought flowers and fresh fruit for the Seder, many told Eyewitness News that the traditions of Passover feel less joyous this year.

Forest Hills resident Tamara Grenne says she is determined to stay upbeat.

"You cannot live in fear-absolutely not," says Greene.