LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The shooting at the Chabad Synagogue in Poway, California, is affecting Southern Nevada's Jewish community, and local law enforcement is making changes here as well.
Patrols have been stepped up all around synagogues in the Las Vegas area. While no threats are reported, the enhanced patrols are out of an abundance of caution.
A Las Vegas police cruiser was stationed outside a Jewish gathering Saturday night at the Marrakech Moroccan restaurant on Paradise near Flamingo. The End of Passover Mimouna, hosted by the Jewish Nevada Young Leaders and Israeli American Council, is normally a celebratory dinner, but leaders say the senseless violence more than 300 miles away in Poway was on their minds.
"Any attack on any religious-based organization is an attack on all religious-based organizations, and that when one community suffers, all communities suffer," said Stefanie Tuzman, president and CEO of Jewish Nevada.
The Anti-Defamation League of Nevada and Jewish Nevada immediately released a security alert Saturday morning to local rabbis, cantors and Jewish communal professionals about the San Diego area shooting.
"It's devastating. It's another hate crime, another shooting. We can't allow this to become normalized," Jolie Broslin, regional director of ADL Nevada.
Security will also be stepped up Sunday at the ADL's third annual Walk Against Hate. Organizers also expect the attendance to increase as Las Vegas takes a stand after the synagogue shooting. The Walk Against Hate is from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Springs Preserve. It costs $30 per person, and as one of the sponsors, 13 Action News will be there.