Hundreds of Jewish institutions to receive funds for security boosts amid rise in anti-Semitism
Jewish institutions around the region are getting a multimillion-dollar security boost as part of a plan to combat anti-Semitism.
The traditionally open sukkah at Rabbi Mendy Hurtwitz's Greystone Jewish Center Chabad of Yonkers will soon be filled with people to celebrate Sukkot. This year, Hurtwitz spent time aligning the walls of the sukkah, as he prepares to celebrate with vigilance.
"We have to live with life, live with what's going on," says Hurtwitz.
The NYPD says over the last year, the number of hate crimes has increased by 41%. Over 50% were anti-Semitic in nature.
This week alone, the Garden of Remembrance Holocaust Memorial in White Plains was the target of hate acts.
As the investigation continues, the UJA Federation of New York is investing $4 million in physical security enhancements at more than 2,000 Jewish institutions across the region, including 100 in Westchester.
Susan Solow-Dubin, of UJA Federation Westchester, says the plan includes hiring seven security professionals who are responsible for emergency training and procuring government funding for enhancements like surveillance systems.
Upgrades could include more protection on the outside of synagogues, like new front doors. Secure doors protected congregants in Germany from a gunman who was trying to enter on Yom Kippur.