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Temple Israel increasing security for Martin Luther King Jr. celebration

West Lafayette Temple Israel leaders are doing what they can to bring an extra sense of security as they celebrate Martin Luther King Junior at the Synagogue.

Posted: Jan 17, 2020 6:27 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Interfaith Leaders of Greater Lafayette are celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Friday but this celebration comes with some extra security measures.

“The board felt that it was important to add another police officer so instead of one we'll have two,” said Temple Israel Rabbi Michael Harvey.

The Synagogue has hired two West Lafayette Police officers to patrol the event. Rabbi Harvey said it wasn’t until recently that they've felt it necessary to increase law enforcement for events like this.

“That comes with some of the events that have been happening throughout the country and throughout the world. Increased acts of anti-Semitism, and violence,” said Harvey. “When Tree of Life happened, when California happened obviously this became more important.”

But the idea of needing more security isn't meant to bring fear.

“You know, this is something that we have to wrestle with, you know, the idea of fear that's natural, it's okay to be a little nervous and things like that but the truth is we won't be scared out going to events that bring us together,” said Harvey.

He said that's actually the opposite of what they're trying to convey.

“I think that's what those who hate us would like to do is create an atmosphere of hate and fear,” said Harvey.

Rabbi Harvey said the event is all about living through the messages Dr. King preached years ago.

“This is an egalitarian, pluralistic, open-multi faith service that is meant to bring people, multiple cultures, multiple religions together,” said Harvey.

The MLK Sabbath service will be held on Friday, Jan. 17 at Temple Israel at 7:30 p.m. The Synagogue is located at 620 Cumberland Ave, West Lafayette.

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