By COLlive reporter
Despite the terror attacks in Paris on Friday being compared to the simultaneous Mumbai attacks in 2008, at least one synagogue will not be protected by police or French security agencies.
The French capital is in lock-down as two intense standoffs with terrorists were underway in and around Paris — a hostage situation at a kosher grocery store and in a building in the town of Dammartin-en-Goele.
Authorities have expressed a high degree of certainty that the people suspected in Wednesday’s killing of 12 people at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo are involved here as well, CNN says.
A rabbi who has contacted police to provide protection for his Chabad center which will be holding services this Shabbos and is located in a nearby neighborhood was turned down.
“We are very worried,” he told COLlive.com. “We asked police to patrol the shul but they said they don’t have the manpower. So we are trying to find a guard from a private security company.”
The rabbi, who asked not to be named for security purposes, says that he has been fielding many calls from members of the Jewish community, asking for guidance and expressing support.
“I have been telling everyone that we are continuing as usual. Our job is to encourage people and strengthen their spirit. Many came to put on Tefillin and say a prayer for the hostages,” he said.
The Israelite Central Consistory of Paris, the body which oversees religious Jewish institutions, issued a call to the public and that “whoever does not have to – should not come to synagogue tonight,” according to Ynet.
With an hour left before Shabbos and the hostage situation at the kosher grocery still not resolved, the Chabad rabbi is telling locals to “come and not be afraid.” Prayers are definitely needed.