Requirements of Jewish communities in Oklahoma to practice the faith safely

Some Jewish communities in Oklahoma have discussed the requirements they must have in order to be able to practice their faith safely. Although the Texas hostages were able to escape, it reminded Jewish communities in Texas and Oklahoma that safety is never guaranteed. The incident was described as upsetting, but not necessarily surprising. Those who spoke with KOCO 5 said armed guards and security training had become a necessary part of practicing their faith. from Dallas, you don’t walk past a congregation where you don’t see an armed guard at the door and they take incredible security measures, inside the building,” said Cheryl Drazin of the Texoma Anti-Defamation League. . The Greater Oklahoma City Conference and the Texoma ADL have said these are the kinds of things needed to be able to practice their faith safely.” And we have a very close working relationship with local law enforcement here. and other security training organizations and that’s what we will continue to do,” said Rachel Johnson of the Jewish Federation.ty has been well, well aware, especially since Tree of Life, how they have to be incredibly aware of their surroundings,” Drazin said. With discrimination seeming to continue and escalate, many are wondering what they can do to change the tide. They think people can start to stand up and step up. express when they see any form of hatred and when they see anti-Semitism calling for it, I think we can build bridges of understanding where we respect differences and learn to honor them,” Drazin ADL said. laré that the region in which we belong to their organization, North Texas and Oklahoma, saw a 127% increase in anti-Semitic crime and activity in 2020.

Some Jewish communities in Oklahoma have discussed the requirements they must have in order to be able to practice their faith safely.

While the Texas hostages were able to escape, it reminded Jewish communities in Texas and Oklahoma that safety is never guaranteed. The incident was described as upsetting, but not necessarily surprising.

Those who spoke with KOCO 5 said armed guards and security training have become a necessary part of practicing their faith.

“You drive, don’t pass, I’m talking about Dallas, you don’t pass a congregation where you don’t see an armed guard at the door and they take incredible security measures, inside the building,” he said. said Cheryl Drazin of the Texoma Anti-Defamation League.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City and the Texoma ADL said these are the kinds of things needed to be able to practice their faith safely.

“And we have a very close working relationship with local law enforcement here and other security training organizations and that’s what we will continue to do,” said Rachel Johnson of the Jewish Federation.

The rabbi of Beth Israel in Colleyville, the synagogue where the four were taken hostage, credits their survival to active shooter training.

“The Jewish community is very, very aware, especially since Tree of Life, of the incredible awareness they have to have of their surroundings,” Drazin said.

As the discrimination seems to continue and intensify, many are wondering what they can do to change the situation.

“I think people can start to stand up and speak out when they see a form of hate and when they see anti-Semitism calling it, I think we can build bridges of understanding where we respect differences and learn to honor them,” Drazin said.

The ADL said the region we depend on in its organization, North Texas and Oklahoma, saw a 127% increase in anti-Semitic crime and activity in 2020.

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