Bukharian temple gets security funds

| September 15, 2011

With the help of state Assemblyman Rory Lancman’s (D-Fresh Meadows) office, a Kew Gardens Hills Bukharian synagogue was awarded a $75,000 federal grant to bolster its security.

“We helped fill out the application,” Lancman said during a news conference outside Kehilat Sephardim of Ahavat Achim, at 150-62 78th Road in Kew Gardens Hills. “It was a very complicated application.”

The federal grants are doled out by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help nonprofits increase the safety and security of their institutions.

The $75,000 will go toward a new alarm and buzzer system for the synagogue, which also runs a food pantry that services 50,000 customers a year.

While there were no specific threats against the synagogue, Lancman noted that Jewish houses of worship have been targeted in the past, citing the foiled attacks against Bronx synagogues.



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