Colorado Springs synagogues stand in solidarity with Pueblo following alleged bomb plot

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A clear message is written in black and white outside of Temple Beit Torah in Colorado Springs: "We're all one family. Live without hate."

"This is not a Jewish problem. This is a human problem, ' said Jeff Ader, president of Temple Beit Torah's board of directors.

Like many, Jeff Ader was shocked to hear what federal agents say was a planned terror attack on Pueblo's Temple Emanuel.

"It’s obviously a reaction of shock and surprise, just that something like this still happens in today’s world," Ader said.

Richard Holzer, 27, is now in federal custody after he was arrested over the weekend. The FBI says he was planning to bomb Temple Emanuel on Saturday before he was taken into custody.

His arrest papers say he was wearing a Nazi armband and carrying a copy of "Mein Kampf" when he met with undercover agents about explosives. The documents say he was a self-proclaimed skinhead and white supremacist and believed he was fighting a "racial holy war."

"People in Pueblo, they're reacting the way I thought they'd react, and that's just to lend their support," said the president of Temple Emanuel's board of directors, Michael Atlas-Acuña.

Atlas-Acuña says the synagogue plans to add surveillance cameras to enhance its already tight security. The cameras will monitor activity outside of the synagogue. Members there had already increased security after a deadly attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue last year. Atlas-Acuña says the congregation locks its doors during services and an armed guard stands watch.

Leaders at Temple Beit Torah in Colorado Springs say they already have security cameras, alarm systems, motion detectors, and other security measures in place. They will not increase their security, but they will remain vigilant.

“Whether we are Jews, Christians and Muslims, we are all one people and we need to stand together," said Ader. "We need to fight intolerance and we need to fight violence.”

The board and rabbi at Temple Beit Torah sent out a message of solidarity to their congregation and their neighbors in Pueblo following news of the planned attack. They plan to visit the synagogue in Pueblo soon and will mention Temple Emanuel in their planned, upcoming services.

“Instead of spending so much time building walls we really should be spending more time and energy building bridges and learning how to cooperate with one another," Ader said.