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After Texas synagogue hostage situation, a Burlington rabbi reflects on continued need for safety training

Rabbi Amy Small, the senior rabbi at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in Burlington, stands in front of a brick wall.
Henry Epp
Rabbi Amy Joy Small of Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in Burlington joins Vermont Edition this hour to discuss the kind of security training she and her congregation have practiced in recent years.

Live call-in discussion: A hostage situation at a Texas synagogue left the attacker dead, but all three hostages were able to escape. The synagogue's rabbi says security training helped them survive. This hour, a Burlington rabbi who's done similar training with her community discusses the need for that kind of preparation today.

Events like this, and the 2018 mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, have left many religious leaders wondering if they are as prepared as they should be.

Our guest is:

Listen to the full interview with Rabbi Small to hear how her community has implemented these kinds of trainings and the threats her synagogue has faced in the past.

Broadcast live on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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