$5 million for safer Jewish communities

July 7, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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The Jewish community in the Sydney electorate of Wentworth will be safer and more secure as a result of grants made under round five of the Government’s Safer Communities Fund.

Dave Sharma

Jewish community institutions including schools, synagogues, retirement homes and community facilities will receive $5 million in security funding for the extension and upgrade of security infrastructure, including CCTV cameras, security and alarm systems, bollards, swipe access systems and blast walls.

Member of Parliament for the seat of Wentworth, Dave Sharma MP, said the funding would help fund vital security upgrades and ensure the Jewish community continued to feel safe and secure in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

Dave Sharman said: “Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs are the home of much of Sydney’s Jewish community and the focal point of Jewish communal life.

At a time of rising intolerance and antisemitism around the world, we must do all we can to ensure the Jewish community’s sense of safety and security is protected.”

It is a vital duty of the government to ensure that the community feels safe and secure and is able to observe religious and communal practices without fear or intimidation.”

I have worked hard with the Government and relevant Ministers to secure additional security funding for Jewish community institutions in Wentworth and I am pleased with this result.”

Recipient organisations for round five of the Safer Communities Fund in Wentworth include: the National Council of Jewish Women of Australia; Moriah College; Nefesh Synagogue; B’nai B’rith Retirement Village; Kesser Torah College; COA; Montefiore Jewish Home; Emanuel Synagogue; and Emanuel School (detailed table below).

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