TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The death toll has risen to five in Israel now after an attack at a synagogue.
Temple Beth Sholom member Jerry Frieman still hasn't spoken to his sister in law living in Israel.
"The first thing we would say is are you okay?" said Frieman.
Israeli Police say two Palestinian cousins rushed into a Jerusalem synagogue during morning prayers armed with knives, axes and a pistol--killing an Israeli officer and 4 rabbis. One of them was Rabbi Cary William Levine, a Kansas City native.
The nephew of another victim, Rabbi Moshe Twersky, teaches at the same Overland Park school Levine attended as a child.
Israeli police killed the suspects in a shootout.
"It's shock when you read that basically innocent people have been murdered," said Frieman.
Temple Beth Sholom's Rabbi Debbi Stiel read the tragic news on the internet.
"Well it does make me sad, but it also makes me very angry," says Rabbi Stiel.
She says a member of her congregation has close ties with one of the victims.
"It just makes it that more real," she says.
"It not only worries us that it can happen here. It can happen to anyone--in an event like this it could be anybody," says Frieman.
That's why Rabbi Steil says the temple will have increased security at Friday services.
She and Frieman are praying for Israel and the victim's families.
"I think its sad. I mean this is a tragedy that has been going on," says Frieman.