Concern was raised with members of a West Hartford synagogue after two visitors took part in Saturday’s Shabbat services leaving members feeling uneasy from their strange conduct.
A letter was sent from the president of the Emanuel Synagogue on Mohegan Drive to all members on Monday asking them to stay vigilant at all services and events this week.
A police cruiser was watching over a dinner on Tuesday night.
Members were concerned after two non-members dressed in head scarves and robes attended services over the weekend. They were welcomed at the service but had conflicting stories about where they were from and why they were there.
Leaders of the synagogue also mentioned the women entered the service within the last 10 minutes and did not take part in a prayer for victims in recent terrorist attacks. Their actions sparked concern with members present at the service.
While a dinner took place on Tuesday night, West Hartford police confirmed that they were hired to stand guard.
Rabbi David Small released a statement.
"Our leadership and staff are working with the West Hartford Police Department to make sure that our people and our building are secure,” Small said.
Officials at the Emanuel Synagogue said they did hold a meeting on Tuesday afternoon about safety precautions.
The letter sent to members on Monday detailed concerns about the two women and stated "they gave vague and conflicting answers about where they were from and left shortly thereafter.”
The letter also said "although no threats were made on the Emanuel, all agree that the conduct of these visitors was out of the ordinary." both women were carrying large bags into the service. They were also spotted at The Fire on Ice Menorah Lighting in Blue Back Square on Saturday evening.
A Bar Mitzvah will be held at the Emanuel Synagogue this weekend, which is also a cause for concern for that family. It's likely police will be at the Emanuel Synagogue for that event.
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