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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) — On the eve of Passover, it’s a quiet Sunday at the Weinstein Jewish Community Center in Henrico, but news of a man opening fire and killing three people at two Jewish facilities outside Kansas City is stirring up emotions.

“There’s all of hatred out there,” Weinstein Jewish Community Center CEO Jay Jacobs said.  “We need to stay on top of what we’re doing in terms making sure our facilities stay as safe as possible.”

Jacobs told CBS 6 all members are required to show ID at the front desk and that staff will alert management if they notice anything suspicious.

“They will not hesitate to pick up the phone to call and say, ‘You know what, there’s somebody just hanging around we’re not comfortable with the person,” or whatever. Then, one of us or a couple of us will walk up and that’s after questioning why the person is here and so on,” Jacobs said.

And Jacobs said the same rules apply for children at the center, too.

“If you don’t have a child in one of our special areas, you probably won’t have access to our doors. I mean….we do have limited access throughout our building,” said Jacobs.

As a result of that deadly shooting in Kansas, the JCC is reviewing it’s safety policy with staff and police.

“We’ll have a different level of security with them involved over the next few days,” said Jacobs.  “And some things we do internally as well. We’ll change which is our protocol anytime something happens like this.”

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