Shalom Life | April 15, 2015

No One Injured After Shots Fired At Nashville Synagogue

Synagogues and Jewish institutions in the area are on high alert

By: Sy Berg

Published: April 14th, 2015 in News » World

Photo: West End Synagogue, Nashville


Jewish institutions and local synagogues in Nashville, Tennessee are on high alert after shots were fired into the West End Synagogue on Monday morning.

Police have sent extra patrol units to synagogues in the area as the investigation continues.

According to police spokesman Don Aaron, reports The Tennessean, a maintenance worker heard the gun shot at the synagogue, and saw a bullet hole at the front of the building.

Luckily, no one was injured during the incident.

The maintenance worker immediately called police, who are currently searching for the unidentified shooter.

Executive director of the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee says the local Jewish community is concerned, and residents are being doubly cautious. "Every synagogue and Jewish institution has been notified through our security team," Freedman said on Monday. "Naturally we are always concerned when incidents especially like this one come up."

Jewish institutions have ensured that their security measures are heightened, Freedman continued.

West End Synagogue has over 400 members of its congregation, and is aligned with conservative Judaism. The shooting, which took place before anyone arrived to the synagogue, comes as Jews across the world prepare for Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Members of the West End Synagogue in particular are continuing to prepare for Tennessee Holocaust Day of Remembrance, which will culminate with a major event at the state Capitol.

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