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The Congregation Beth Israel chapel in Houston on Jan. 21, 2022.

Long before Colleyville synagogue standoff, Texas houses of worship were preparing for violent attacks

Attacks on houses of worship like the 2017 Sutherland Springs shooting have prompted many religious groups to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars and countless hours to bolster security.

As part of measures implemented to maintain community safety, surveillance cameras record monitored footage of the Congregat…

A history of violence

Houston Police Department Lieutenant Ed Valentine registers visitors to the Congregation Beth Israel premises on Jan. 21, 20…
Houston Police Department Sergeant Heidi Rose guards an entrance to the Congregation Beth Israel premises in Houston on Jan.…

Volunteers and training 

The front entrance of the Congregation Beth Israel facilities in Houston consists of locked, bulletproof double doors requir…

Being welcoming vs. being ready 

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