With Hanukkah underway, local Jewish leaders say they are doing their part to keep worshipers safe throughout the next several days.

With Hanukkah underway, local Jewish leaders say they are doing their part to keep worshipers safe throughout the next several days.

"What we have is something very special," said Rabbi Nechemia Vogel.

Vogel, who represents the Chabad Lubavitch of Rochester, says the community would like to keep it that way.

"Hanukkah reminds us that what we have is worth fighting for," Vogel said.

It’s a fight which he says includes pushing back against anti-Semitism, which has surfaced in the headlines both nationally and here at home.

Earlier this month, two shooters attacked a kosher grocery in Jersey City, New Jersey, the attack was labeled a hate crime by government leaders.

In August, a man was arrested for an alleged hate crime in Brighton after police say he spray-painted a swastika on a car.

"The threat of anti-Semitism is real, and people know about it," said CEO of the Jewish Federation of Rochester Meredith Dragon.

Dragon says she’s constantly keeping an eye on possible anti-Semitic crimes across the world, as she receives daily security email updates.

"And it is something that we are taking care of making sure that we're protected," Dragon said.

Through the federation, Dragon says she coordinates with local leaders to ensure every place of faith has the proper security. She says there’s a balance between keeping people safe and not scaring them off.

"Look, we don't want to turn the Jewish community into a fortress,” Dragon said. “And we certainly don't want people to feel like they can't get into our institutions."

According to Rabbi Vogel, the ultimate way to combat hate is to continue to celebrate.

"We have to be aware that the world we live in is not yet a perfect world,” he said. "And we have to understand that reality and be careful about that, but at the same time, we cannot hide."

On a state-wide note, last week Governor Andrew Cuomo called for increased state police patrols around synagogues and other Jewish establishments.

The Hanukkah season runs through Dec. 30.