The violence in the Middle East is leading to stepped up security in New York, and some frayed nerves for those with family in Israel.
There are police officers on every corner near the Israeli Consulate on Second Avenue and in front of almost every Jewish temple across the city, CBS 2’s Tony Aiello reported Friday.
But at town and village synagogue on East 14th Street, Rabbi Laurence Sebert said he isn’t worried the troubles in the Middle East will manifest in New York City.
“I feel confident in the security team that we have, the people that keep a good eye out for the building, and when things are tense they keep a closer watch,” Rabbi Sebert said.
Sebert said he’s keeping a close watch on the rockets hitting Israel — because his daughter, 22-year-old Aliza, is there working with a youth development program in Jerusalem.
On Friday, Hamas fired rockets towards the holy city for the first time. No one was injured.
“I’m a parent so I’m worried, but the truth of the matter is I also worry about my daughter when she crosses 14th Street down the block,” Sebert said.
At the American Jewish Committee, Rabbi Noam Marans said that’s a common attitude — American Jews willing to share the danger in Israel as a show of solidarity.
“And one of the ways that we manifest that is by traveling to Israel, even when conditions are challenging — maybe even particularly when conditions are challenging,” Rabbi Marans said.
That’s the reason why Marans’ son, Aaron, won’t cancel plans to travel to Israel next month, his father said.
The government of Israel estimates there are 100,000 Americans living and studying in that country.