After anti-Semitic attack in New York, Chattanooga's Jewish community echoes call for vigilance and security

Community members including Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg, right center, celebrate the arrival of a new Torah near the rabbi's residence in Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, following a stabbing Saturday night during a Hanukkah celebration Monsey, N.Y. A knife-wielding man stormed into the home and stabbed five people as they celebrated Hanukkah in an Orthodox Jewish community north of New York City, an ambush the governor said Sunday was an act of domestic terrorism fueled by intolerance and a "cancer" of growing hatred in America. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Chattanooga's Jewish community is again standing up to hate as the nation reels from its most recent anti-Semitic attack, part of an increasing wave of violence against the religion.

Their calls for protection and understanding come at the end of Hanukkah, the eight-day winter holiday that should otherwise be a period of celebration. On Saturday night, a man carrying a knife attacked Hasidic Jews who were gathered in the home of a rabbi in Monsey, New York, leaving five people wounded. The suspect in custody pleaded not guilty Sunday to five counts of attempted murder.

Leaders in the community said the attack, now being charged as a hate crime, is part of a violent escalation that has moved from temples to kosher delis to now inside a home.