Several dozen rabbis in Europe took part in self-defense and first aid training Tuesday, prompted by concerns of rising violence and anti-Semitism in the region.
The training was part of an annual conference organized by the European Jewish Association and held this year in Prague.
Rabbi Menachem Margolin, general director of the association, said the training was planned in response to the recent attacks in Copenhagen and Paris.
As part of the training, the rabbis were given knives to practice fending off an attack, the Associated Press reported.
The basic training also included first aid.
"It's very important," Binyomin Jacobs, chief rabbi in the Netherlands, told the AP. "I'm very happy with this. Happy and sad that it is necessary."
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