Tenafly JCC Boosts Security After Kansas Shootings

The Jewish Community Center in Tenafly, NJ has said it is boosting security after a Klu Klux Klan member killed three people in Kansas at the JCC and at a senior home there.

The killer appeared to be targeting Jewish people, as he shot a man and his son in the parking lot of the Kansas JCC. Both were Christians. The third person is an unknown female at a nearby Jewish senior center.

The Tenafly JCC responded with assurances to the Jewish community in New Jersey, “As we get ready to celebrate Passover, we are saddened by the shootings today at Village Shalom and the JCC in Overland Park, Kansas City. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families during this difficult time,” said a statement from Avi A. Lewinson, COO of the center.

“We want to assure you that the safety and security of all of the children and families we serve remains our top priority. We are continually reviewing our already high security standards-some of which are evident, while others are enacted behind the scenes.”

The statement also said that Chief Chamberlain, Tenafly Police Chief, has agreed to an increased car patrol presence over the next couple of weeks.