Jewish community requests government funding to increase security ({{commentsTotal}})

The Estonian Jewish Center has asked the government for 40,000 euros to beef up security at its school and synagogue.

Synagogues and Jewish schools around the world have been a magnet for ill-doers, Boris Oks, the head of the board at the Jewish Center, told

“The Jewish Center is a non-profit organization and all the income we receive is used for utility bills, renovations and the upkeep of the synagogue. All the income comes from donations and considering the overall economic situation in the world, the number of donations has declined,” Oks said.

He said the center does not have the funds to increase security and in the light of the attacks in Paris and Brussels, Oks said he decided to ask the government for 40,000 euros.

Ilmar Kahro, a spokesman for the police, said they met representatives of the community recently and agreed to increase police presence and focus on the area. He said a police vehicle will be parked in front of the school during the morning rush hour, but there will be no permanent police presence at the school.

Editor: J.M. Laats