Kansas Jewish Center shooting: Valley Jewish community on alert after Kansas City attacks

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - The vicious attacks that killed three people in Kansas City are having a profound effect on the Jewish community here in the Valley.

Stuart Wachs, President of the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center in Scottsdale, says he couldn’t help but be concerned after the news broke Sunday afternoon. “Immediately my heart and everyone’s hearts went out to those in Kansas City.”

While Wachs doesn’t believe anything will happen locally, he is preparing the community center for any type of consequent emergency. He emailed a message to the community center members informing them of increased patrols and security starting Monday.

“Unfortunately as Jews we have been through these things,” said Wachs. “Fortunately we tend to be very prepared for how we respond and pull together.”

Here is the memo that was emailed Sunday afternoon:

With today's shooting at the Kansas City JCC, we find ourselves mourning another tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and to the entire Kansas City Jewish Community.

The suspected shooter has been arrested and this is believed to be an isolated case. Through our contact at Homeland Security and local law enforcement we do not believe there is any increased risk here in our community. To be prudent, we remained in contact with Homeland Security and local law enforcement throughout the day. As an extra measure we will have significantly increased patrols from the Scottsdale police, more presence of our in-house security staff and other levels of elevated security protocols. We have worked diligently as a campus on security measures, developing a series of procedures and actionable measures that will allow us to deter and respond quickly and effectively to a variety of emergency and safety threats. In addition, we are in constant communication with the local police and other law enforcement agencies in order to be both proactive and reactive.

We are sending you this message not to alarm, but to let you know that the safety and security of everyone on our campus is - and will remain - our number one priority. There are no signs of an increased threat to our campus and these additional measures are being put in place temporarily to provide everyone an extra layer of comfort in being at the campus.

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