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23 December 2019 04:38

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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. RELATED: Thousands remember Brooklyn victims of Jersey City shooting RELATED: Religious leaders in Riverdale say Jersey City shooting hits close to home RELATED: Mass shooting in Jersey City shifts focus for mayor, NYPD 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. JERSEY CITY — JC Kosher Grocery store not has damaged home windows and strips of yellow police tape. Lower than two weeks in the past, two gunmen charged the market in an anti-Semitic assault, leaving three bystanders useless and surprising Jersey Metropolis's thriving multicultural group. Now the market is boarded up, spray-painted with a mural of a blue coronary heart and the Pulaski Skyway bridge.

However Rabbi Moshe Schapiro, one of many organizers of a menorah lighting on the market on Sunday, firstly of Hanukkah, had a hopeful message. "The primary evening of Hanukkah on the very place of this capturing, which created a lot darkness and negativity, can convey mild and positivity," he mentioned. "Once we have fun at a time like this, virtually two weeks from a horrible capturing, we begin excited about what's the that means of the vacation." The Jersey City community took part in a menorah lighting just 12 days following a fatal shootout in their neighborhood. Heroes, survivors, leaders and family of the fallen gathered outside the Kosher deli where four people were shot and killed on Martin Luther King Drive. Cantor Yoely Greenfield led the traditional Hanukkah song.

His sister, Mindy Ferencz, was one of the victims who died in the shooting. "When there's darkness--light shine and it's a moment for all of us to come together and mutually work on all the needs from every community and we are going to do it together," says community leader Chesky Deudsch. Those in attendance also paused to remember Det. Joseph Seals, who was killed in the attack and to recognize the heroism of officers Mariela Fernandez and Raymond Sanchez. Douglas Miguel Rodriguez was also killed while working inside the Kosher market. His wife says he was a hero and helped other escape the gunfire. Rodriguez was buried with full military honors in his home country of Ecuador.