A west-end Hamilton Jewish synagogue will be given $32,096 by the federal government to help improve security and prevent the risk of hate crimes.
The funding for the Adas Israel Congregation falls under the purview of the Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Program (SIP). It was announced Tuesday by David Sweet, MP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, on behalf of Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety.
"This funding will help ensure that community members can have peace of mind while practicing their faith and participating in cultural activities, without fear of harm," Sweet said in a release.
"Our government will not allow hate crimes to undermine our fundamental Canadian values which are rooted in diversity, inclusion and tolerance."
SIP funding is designed to enhance security at not-for-profit community centres, provincially recognized educational institutions, and places of worship linked to a community with a demonstrated history of being victimized by hate-motivated crime.
The synagogue will use the money to help pay for a $64,000 project to improve security around the building, which also houses Hamilton's largest Jewish pre-school and elementary school, said Rabbi Daniel Green. It will go towards security assessments, the installation of alarm systems, CCTV cameras, fences, gates and lighting, and the associated construction costs.
While there have been no "major incidents" of hate crimes at Adas Israel, there have been some "minor incidents of concern over the years," Rabbi Greene said.