Antisemitism a concern for area Jewish community

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Days after a deadly shooting at a synagogue in California, some say the possibility of something similar happening here is all too real. 

Federal authorities are reviewing an antisemitic manifesto supposedly written by a man who opened fire at a synagogue this weekend in southern California. One person was killed, and three others hurt  Saturday.

But one woman within the Central Illinois Jewish community says antisemitism is much closer than many would think. Diane Ore is the local chair for Bend the Arc Jewish Action. She say antisemitism is everywhere, constant and can be as small as people drawing swastikas on buildings.

Ore gave a presentation Sunday at the Champaign Public Library on the link between antisemitism and white nationalism. She says she knows there are white nationalist groups locally because they’ve shown up at Jewish rallies. 

In light of the shooting and other similar violent acts, she says her synagogue has taken steps to protect its members. 

“We lock our doors now. We never did before,” said Ore. “We have someone greeting you to see who you are when you come to see us. We have trained our members in CPR, and I never thought we would have to do such a thing.”

These crimes aren’t just happening at synagogues. There has also been violence at other places of worship worldwide, including mosques and churches. 

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