Local Jewish community reacts to developments in Syria

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CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI)-- In the event of a U.S. attack on Syria, both Iran and Syria have threatened to retaliate against Israel and other U.S. allies.

Concerned but calm for now is the reaction at United Hebrew Congregation in Chesterfield. A synagogue with a membership of more than 1,200 families, they are keeping a very close eye on the threat to Israel.

How real is the threat?  Many believe they are not empty words from Syria.   The Israeli government has ordered a special call-up of reserve troops as nervous citizens lined up at gas-mask distribution centers.  St. Louis area Jews are hoping for calm. They say Israel is staying out of the Syrian conflict, but is certain it will be prepared if it is attacked.

Rabbi Rosenberg  is keeping up to date on the developments and says Israel is offering humanitarian assistance to Syrians who are escaping into Israel seeking medical attention because of the chemical attacks.

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