St. Louis rabbi turns to Twitter to address the many costs of security at Jewish institutions


Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer

Following the most recent example of an attack on a Jewish institution, communities across the United States once again find themselves on edge. The terrorist hostage situation inside Congregation Beth Israel on Saturday may have reminded many Jews in St. Louis of an incident that occurred just three months ago when St. Louis police arrested a man who threaten to blow up Central Reform Congregation.

That attack in Texas reminded many of the questions Jewish congregations and their leaders must ask regarding their own safety.

One St. Louis rabbi, Rabbi Daniel Bogard of CRC, used his own personal Twitter account on Monday, to personally speak out on these issues and the real-life costs Jewish institutions face every day in the name of security.

“I think my posting to Twitter was really about a deep sense that so few non-Jews understand the reality of the Jewish security situation in the United States today,” said Bogard. “I’m sure it was also inspired by a reservoir of resentment, and anger, and fear, at the amount of Jewish-American resources that should be going into serving our communities, repairing the world, and fulfilling our core mission, instead of spending it on defending ourselves from being murdered while we participate in the community.”

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Below are Bogard’s Tweets as he voiced his opinion. All the Tweets are live, as well as the replies.