Queens synagogue adds security training in wake of attacksPosted: Updated:
As sundown marks the first night of Hanukkah around the world on Sunday, one Queens synagogue is taking precautions and improving security measures in hopes of ensuring the safety of its congregation.
Following attacks on religious facilities around the world and the recent attack on a Jewish market in Jersey City, the synagogue says it wants improve safety to prevent any possible attacks in the future.
Congregants, who don't want their synagogue to be named, are bringing in security consultants to do a walkthrough, to point out things that would make the facility vulnerable to an attack. The goal is to prevent attacks rather than learn on how to react if an attack should occur.
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The walkthroughs are performed at religious facilities around the city, and once completed, an application can be filled out for the facility to receive a grant from the Department of Homeland Security. The grant would be up to $100,000 and would help religious facilities improve security.
Congregants say they hope that by having the walkthrough, they will feel more of a sense of security while they are in their place of worship.