NY increasing security during Jewish High Holidays

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Now is the time of year when those of the Jewish faith celebrate the High Holidays.

The 10 Days of Repentance are underway for the Jewish community.

“These ten days culminate with Yom Kippur that begins on the evening of October 8, which is the Day of Atonement,” Rabbi Oren Steinitz, Congregation Kol Ami, explained.

And in order to boost security for those celebrating, Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for additional patrols.

In a statement, he said:

“Out of an abundance of caution and following a number of appalling anti-Semitic incidents over the past year, I am directing the State Police to increase patrols at synagogues and other religious centers across our state.”

State Police said the effort has also included outreach to Jewish communities and organizations. Earlier this month, the Governor also announced hate crime investigation training seminars.

The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York is a presenter.

In a press release New York State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett said, “These training sessions allow State Police and our law enforcement partners to learn about the latest legal issues and techniques that will assist in the investigation of hate crimes…This collaborative effort is critical to ensuring that perpetrators are held accountable for their actions and successfully prosecuted.”

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