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Synagogues renew debate over armed guards, security after Pittsburgh shooting

LOS ANGELES - To get into Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles, visitors must find their way around a brick wall that separates the synagogue from the street, get buzzed through a gate, and avoid setting off suspicion among guards who protect the facility with guns.

In the aftermath of Saturday's deadly anti-Semitic shooting in Pittsburgh, Jewish congregations around the country are increasing security.

But at Temple Isaiah, a Reform Judaism congregation on the city's west side Westside that counts 900 families as members, the guards have been armed and ready for violence for nearly a year.

"None of us want this," said Rabbi Dara

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