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Louisville Jewish communities react to Kansas City shootings

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The deadly shootings at a Jewish Community Center near Kansas City are still fresh on the minds of several local religious communities. Members of Keneseth Israel in Louisville say they feel safe in their congregation, but steps are being taken to prevent a similar situation here.

Passover is one of the holiest weeks in the Jewish faith, and as one congregation prepares for tradition, they're also focused on safety.

Rabbi Michael Wolk, at Keneseth Israel, is preparing for Passover. One of the oldest holidays and most celebrated in the Jewish faith.

"We read about how God sent Moses to take our ancestors out of Egypt to lead them across the Sinai Desert and into the land of Israel," said Wolk.

The very teachings and faith they represent spark hatred in some people, like the man accused of opening fire near Kansas City killing three. Rabbi Wolk is still shocked people like that exist and hold those beliefs.

"You know people like that are out there," he says, "but then when someone actually comes forward and kills people at a Jewish community center, at a senior home, it does remind you that there are people out there who are anti-Semitic and there are people out there who are crazy enough to do something about it."

The rabbi understands violence, like that, can happen anywhere. That's why they hold synagogue board meetings and take several security measures including having locked doors with keypad entry, cameras, security guards, even emergency alarms. They also have a bigger security presence during major events, because at any time, they could become a target too.

"People are fairly confident," says Wolk, "sometimes a little bit too comfortable which is why something like in Kansas City happened, but we think that we take the necessary precautions."

Rabbi Wolk says sometime in the next few days he will address the shootings during his services and even read the names and commemorate those who died.

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