September 29, By Tara Law
A number of Jewish facilities in Forest Hills and throughout Queens will be receiving federal funds to help bolster security at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise, Congresswoman Grace Meng announced today.
The funding, which totals $450,000, is being awarded to six synagogues/Jewish centers and aims to help each of them ward off threats and attacks. Two of the facilities are in Forest Hills, one in Kew Gardens.
Each facility with received $75,000 as part of FEMA’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program. The program allots funding for nonprofits at high risk of a terrorist attack to strengthen their security.
The institutions that will receive the funds are: the Jewish Institute of Queens in Elmhurst; Bais Yaakov Academy of Queens in Kew Gardens; Beth Gavriel Bukharian Congregation in Forest Hills; Central Queens YM & YWHA in Forest Hills; Queens Yeshiva Ketana in Fresh Meadows; and Temple Gates of Prayer in Flushing.
The grants are to go toward security measures such as barriers, gates, safety gear and surveillance equipment.
“With anti-Semitic incidents on the rise, it is critical that Jewish Institutions have appropriate resources to protect their properties, and this funding will go a long way towards helping these Queens facilities guard against threats and attacks,” Meng said in a statement.
Meng serves on the House Appropriations Committee. This month she helped pass legislation that doubled funding for FEMA’s security program from $25 million in 2017 to $50 million in 2018.