After bomb threats were made against the Jewish Community Centre in Vancouver, the BC government is giving $100,000 to the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver (JFGV) for increased security measures.
“For 150 years, Vancouver has been home to a thriving, vibrant Jewish community – and in all that time, they have made outsize contributions to the community, and the fabric of our province,” said BC Premier Christy Clark in a statement.
“Unfortunately, B.C. is not immune to the growing number of threats to Jewish communities around the world. These acts of hate do not represent British Columbia – the outpouring of support for the Jewish community does.”
In response, the JFGV board chair, Stephen Gaerber, said the community “is deeply grateful to the provincial government for standing with us at this difficult time.”
The funding, he added, “will enable us to more effectively support our community organizations to implement or upgrade needed security infrastructure to keep members of our community and the general public safe.”
The Jewish Federation plans to use the funds to establish a security grant program to help community agencies upgrade existing security measures.