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San Antonio synagogues suspend ALL Jewish gatherings after FBI informed rabbi of 'potential threat'

San Antonio synagogues suspended ALL Jewish services on holiest day of the week after FBI said there was a ‘potential threat’ to target one of them – as suspect is arrested

  • A suspect has been arrested following a security alert against the Jewish community in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday
  • The threat led to the cancellation of sabbath services at Temple Beth-El
  • Anti-Defamation League revealed how a suspect was arrested at about 7pm
  • Threat first became apparent to FBI three days ago who then got in touch with local synagogues advising them to cancel services

A suspect has been arrested hours after Jewish community leaders in San Antonio, Texas placed synagogues and other facilities on high alert on Saturday after they were informed by the FBI of a potential threat.  

All formal religious gatherings in the city including at Temple Beth-El San Antonio were canceled on the holiest day of the week, the sabbath, due to security concerns.

‘After communicating with all local synagogues and organizations, it was recommended that all formal Jewish gatherings be suspended until further notice. All security personnel at the local synagogues and agencies have been notified and are on the highest alert,’ the synagogue stated. 

‘We have received information from our experts that the safety situation for the Jewish synagogues in San Antonio today is not optimal for us to conduct our regularly scheduled Shabbat Services,’ officials with Temple Beth-El stated online.  

All formal religious gatherings in the city including at Temple Beth-El San Antonio were canceled on the holiest day of the week due to security concerns

The threat led to the cancellation of sabbath services at all Jewish community facilities

The threat led to the cancellation of sabbath services at all Jewish community facilities

The Anti-Defamation League revealed how a suspect was arrested at about 7pm

The Anti-Defamation League revealed how a suspect was arrested at about 7pm

On Saturday evening, the Jewish Federation of San Antonio said the FBI had informed it there was no longer any ‘known imminent threat’ for the local Jewish community revealing that an arrest had been made in relation to the scare.

‘Although we recommend staying vigilant and aware of your surroundings at all times, we are pleased to share that the urgency of concern has been lowered,’ the Federation said in a Facebook post.

‘The Jewish Federation of San Antonio received information from the FBI identifying a potential threat to an unconfirmed Jewish community facility in the San Antonio area. In an abundance of caution, we are taking all appropriate steps to ensure the safety of the community,’ a statement earlier in the day stated.

The FBI in San Antonio gave few details except to say that it have been investigating ‘a potential threat targeting an unidentified synagogue in Texas.’ 

The information was shared with the Anti-Defamation League who also revealed similar information revealing how there had been warnings for the past three days.

‘ADL has been in close contact with federal, state, and local law enforcement in Texas for more than 72 hours around a series of threats targeting a Texas synagogue. In the past 24 hours, we received notice of a more specific and credible threat.

The FBI in San Antonio said they had received details of a threat against the Jewish community in the city three days ago

The FBI in San Antonio said they had received details of a threat against the Jewish community in the city three days ago

‘With the immediate threat brought to a resolution, ADL will continue to be in contact with law enforcement, as we have been over the past few days, monitoring the situation. 

Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, said he urged all communities to have a heightened sense of awareness, particularly in the wake of the deadly Independence Day parade shooting in suburban Chicago.

‘We urge all communities to maintain a heightened sense of awareness and immediately report any suspicious activity to law enforcement,’ he wrote.

In January, a British man held four hostages for more than 10 hours at a North Texas synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel. 

One of the hostages was released during the standoff while the rest were rescued when authorities entered the building and killed the hostage taker.

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