Chicago-area synagogues ramp up security measures in response to TX hostage situation

1/16/2022 5:45:00 PM

As an hours-long hostage situation unfolded at a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, some synagogues in Illinois have started upgrading their security.

As an hours-long hostage situation unfolded at a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, some synagogues in Illinois have started upgrading their security.

In recent years, the Jewish United Fund of Chicago has invested $1.6 million in security measures at 88 Jewish institutions in the city and surrounding suburbs.

Texas synagogue Saturday is triggering to those in the Chicago Jewish community., writing that while he has a “great love” for Jewish people, his “beef is with the khabbalist (sic) central banking, secret society jews.CBS 11 spoke with the president of the synagogue in Dallas while the hostage situation at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville was still going on.Police said they were alerted to an emergency Saturday morning at the Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, some 40 kilometers west of Dallas.

Security measures are already ramping up at some area synagogues, as many are praying for a peaceful outcome.Just after 9:30 p.8.m.” Levy-Fritts says after hearing about the hostage situation at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, she and their synagogue leadership let their 615-member families know they’re monitoring the situation., Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted that prayers were answered.“That was one of the most touching meetings I’ve ever had in my life,” he said.Prayers answered.Some 10 hours into the crisis, Greg Abbott tweeted that "all hostages are out alive and safe" at 9:30 pm (0330 Sunday GMT).

All hostages are out alive and safe.In addition to removing him from the board, a Tweet sent Jan.Day Parade The Plano Police Department said it too was monitoring the hostage situation throughout the day and had made arrangements for the safety of the community there.— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) All four hostages were safely released and the suspect is dead, officials said.Although hundreds of miles away, Jewish community members in Chicago are on edge.” Spector said Congregation Kol Ami’s board is keeping the monetary amounts confidential; he also clarified that Zions Bank has long been a generous donor and their recent gift is not related to the Entrata situation."We should become a force, a stronger force, of goodness to battle this negativity," said Rabbi Meir Moscowitz, regional director of Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois.“This is another one of those where the wind is taken out of you and you have to spring into action and figure out how to cope and how to deal with it.As an hours-long hostage situation unfolded at a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas outside of Fort Worth, some synagogues in Illinois are now with upgraded security measures.The board will meet on Wednesday to decide exactly how the money will be used.Authorities say the hostage taker is dead but are not saying how he was killed.

"We want to follow all precautions, be in touch with law enforcement, upgrade the security, but together with that, not slow this important prayer and activity," Rabbi Moscowitz said."While there's no actionable intelligence suggesting cause for concern in Chicago, the Chicago Police Department is working to ensure all houses of worship and faith-based institutions here are secure and safe," Chicago police said.He also said their high holiday prayer books are falling apart and seven out of their 10 Torahs need repair.Jack.CPD is maintaining special attention at houses of worship throughout the city.Additionally, we are communicating with faith leaders to address any concerns they may have.Following his Jan.— Chicago Police (@Chicago_Police) While there’s no actionable intelligence suggesting cause for concern in Chicago, the Chicago Police Department is working to ensure all houses of worship and faith-based institutions here are secure and safe.Quoting a US official briefed on the matter, ABC reported the man was demanding the release of Aafia Siddiqui, who has been dubbed "Lady Qaeda" by US tabloids.

— Chicago Police (@Chicago_Police) January 16, 2022 A source familiar with the situation told ABC News that an armed suspect, claiming to have bombs in unknown locations, took a rabbi and three others hostage Saturday morning.He said nearly 1,000 employees tuned in and the presentation was recorded so that the others could watch it later.The person was said to be demanding the release of convicted terrorist Aafia Siddiqui.Siddiqui was sentenced to 86 years in prison after being convicted in Manhattan federal court in 2010 for trying to kill U.“This was a really wonderful experience,” Spector said.S.soldiers and FBI agents in Afghanistan.They put in the chat their support and their love for the Jewish community, and that was incredibly moving.Siddiqui, a former Pakistani scientist, was in 2010 sentenced by a New York court to 86 years in prison for attempted murder of US officers in Afghanistan.

RELATED: Vandalism at Skokie synagogue being investigated as hate crime Anti-Defamation League said they have people on the ground in Texas, according to David Goldenberg, the league's Midwest director."Many Islamic terrorist groups have called for her release for many, many years..And, she is a well-known top al-Qaeda operative," he said.The standoff not only triggered action in the Chicago area, but also nationwide, with concerns about safety in a place of worship.More News Videos As an hours-long hostage situation unfolded at a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, some synagogues in Illinois are now with upgraded security measures.

"I've been on edge all day, as I'm sure many people have been," said Lonnie Nasatir, president of Jewish United Fund of Chicago.RELATED: San Diego synagogue shooting: Gunman kills 1, injures 3 at Chabad of Poway As concerns rise, especially in recent years, the Jewish United Fund of Chicago has invested $1.6 million in security measures at 88 Jewish institutions in the city and surrounding suburbs."I think it's a sad state of affairs here because in America we've always treated our sanctuaries as a sanctuary, right? As synagogues and mosques and churches," Nasatir said."It just shows that there's no place, unfortunately, where hate isn't invading our communities.

" The FBI, along with local authorities, are investigating.The White House has also been briefed.More News Videos Officials have yet to say what happened to bring the hostage situation to a close, but did say the suspect is dead."We do believe with our engagement with the subject that he was singularly focused on one issue and it was not specifically related to the Jewish community," officials said in a press conference Saturday night, adding that they are continuing work to find a motive.President Biden also released a statement: "Thanks to the courageous work of state, local and federal law enforcement, four Americans who were held hostage at a Texas synagogue will soon be home with their families.

I am grateful to the tireless work of law enforcement at all levels who acted cooperatively and fearlessly to rescue the hostages.We are sending love and strength to the members of Congregation Beth Israel, Colleyville, and the Jewish community.There is more we will learn in the days ahead about the motivations of the hostage taker.But let me be clear to anyone who intends to spread hate-we will stand against anti-Semitism and against the rise of extremism in this country.That is who we are, and tonight, the men and women of law enforcement made us all proud.

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