Synagogue hosts presentation to try and ease Jewish community's minds

Dozens attended the presentation from federal officers on Tuesday (WNWO).

Just one day after the conclusion of Hanukkah, the Jewish community of Northwest Ohio is still concerned about safety.

"It allows us to feel some piece of mind to know that our law enforcement agencies are really working very hard to make sure all citizens are protected," said Rabbi Sam Weinstein.

Following the arrest of Damon Joseph on Friday, the U.S. Attorney's Office and FBI hosted a presentation to ease the minds of Jewish residents at Temple Shomer Emunium synagogue in Sylvania.

"We know going in what most people's anxieties are going to be. We know what kind of questions they are going to be asking because we would ask the same thing if it was our family that was at risk, if it was our church or synagogue that was at risk. We came pretty well prepared to handle the questions and I don't think anything that was asked was unusual," said U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, Justin Herdman.

Some of the important information they relayed to the dozens in attendance included being confident in saying there aren't any co-conspirators to Joseph's plans to attack area synagogues.

The 21-year-old was brought into custody after purchasing two AR-15's from undercover agents.

Local law enforcement was also on hand, as they played a large role in the arrests, too.

"With the task forces, it's the federal, state and local level. We have representatives on the task force. We communicate, all three levels do, and so we're a big part of it," stated Sylvania Township Police Chief, Paul Long.

The task force continues to monitor all over the area for any type of threats.

For the Jewish community, Rabbi Sam Weinstein just asks the community to love each other.

"I think it's really a feeling of sadness that citizens in our country have to live in fear, and I think we have to work very hard as a society to find ways to eliminate hatred."

As far as the trial goes for Joseph, the federal agents both said that court dates would be determined later.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off