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Temple Israel ramping up security with $500,000 upgrades

Temple Israel ramping up security with $500,000 upgrades
Updated: Jun. 5, 2021 at 12:43 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Tallahassee’s Temple Israel will soon get half a million dollars to help secure it’s campus. That money was carved out of the State budget, which was signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis earlier this week.

“I think we live in dangerous times, and this one-time allocation, really, for the Capital City, the Jewish community in the Capital City, really creates a safe-haven, creates a sense of safety for this cultural institution for the Jewish community and for this symbol for the state of Florida,” said Temple Israel rabbi Michael Shields.

Rabbi Shields remained tight-lipped on what the security upgrades would be, but said the money will help to fortify the campus and protect a popular preschool that is housed there.

The announcement comes amid an uptick in anti-Semitic acts against the Jewish community in recent weeks, including on the door of two Florida State University students’ apartments on Tuesday and graffiti at the Florida Holocaust Museum last week.

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