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Richmond's Jewish community on high-alert after Kansas City shootings


Richmond's Jewish community is on high alert in the wake of the Kansas City shootings. Jewish institutions throughout the area are stepping up their level of security.

Off-duty Henrico police officers will be on-duty all week at the Weinstein JCC. CEO Jay Jacobs says, he often hires Henrico County officers for events but three people were killed in an alleged hate-crime the day before Passover begins.

"The timing is what it is so we'll pay attention to that in terms of security," he said. "We will adjust some protocols and procedure based on what happened in Kansas City."

The off-duty police officers will be on staff all week to monitor the campus.

Just a few miles away at the Virginia Holocaust Museum, NBC12 spoke with Executive Director Dr. Charlie Sydnor moments after he left a security meeting.

"Security's an ongoing concern here and it's the kind of thing we review constantly," said Dr. Sydnor. "But what happened in Kansas City is the kind of thing that gives everybody pause."

The Virginia Holocaust Museum has nearly thirty security cameras both inside and outside the building and each one constantly monitored by their own private security team.

While Dr. Sydnor wouldn't discuss their security plans he says, the building is being monitored closely and constantly.

"We're gonna be more vigilant than we would have been probably before Kansas City."

Meanwhile, the flags at the JCC were at half-staff Monday, a reminder that the Jewish community is not only worried for their safety but also grieving their loss.

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