CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – For the 3,000 members of the Miami Valley Jewish community, the deadly shooting in Kansas hits especially close to home.
“It’s sick,” said Marshall Weiss, President of the American Jewish Press Association and Editor and Publisher of the Dayton Jewish Observer. “The Jewish people, we are a very close knit community. We are like a body and when one part of the body hurts, the rest of the body feels it.”
Following the shootings, Weiss rushed to make last minute changes to the May edition of The Dayton Jewish Observer. He wrote a brief commentary addressing the attacks that he hopes will help the local Jewish community heal and understand they are not alone.
“Hate, even if it is targeted to a particular community, ethnicity, religion, it affects all of us,” he added. “The most important thing is for all of us to stand together and to stand down hate wherever it occurs.”
The shooting prompted increased security Monday morning at the Dayton Center for Jewish Culture and Education in Centerville. Police were on campus as children were dropped off.
Officials said the apparent hate crime is a sad reminder the Jewish community must always stay vigilant.