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Jewish community considers security after attacks

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In the wake of Sunday's shootings, the Jewish community celebrates a Holy Week.  Monday marks the first night of Passover, which means many congregations are hosting Seder meals.

Rabbi Arthur Nemitoff of the Temple, Congregation B'Nai Jehudah says security is undoubtedly on their minds.

"I know our congregation is concerned about security and we have begun the discussion with police, as well as internally, to make sure people feel safe and secure," Nemitoff said.

Still, he stressed that Sunday's attacks at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and Village Shalom were random acts that could not necessarily have been avoided.

"The event that occurred, those were outside the building in the parking lot. Nothing could have avoided that from happening other than not having a crazed person on the street," the rabbi said.

Jewish Community Center CEO Jacob Schreiber said in a news conference that they will be working with authorities to reassure its members in the coming weeks.

"Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom are steadfast in its commitment to continue to serve the community in a safe, caring and impactful environment," he said.

Meanwhile, Nemitoff says one must have faith to get through a tragedy like this one.

"Life is going to happen. We can live in fear or we can live in hope.  And I would much rather live in hope and believe in the essential goodness in humanity."

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