State Sen. Bracy highlights new funding for Jewish community safety

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A Florida state senator announced plans to get Central Florida’s Jewish communities ready for potential emergencies.


It is in response to neo-Nazi demonstrations in part of Orange County over the weekend.

Some local synagogues have already stepped up security in the last few days.

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Jewish leaders said being prepared and thinking ahead is essential to make certain their community is safe and this has been going on for years.

Florida Sen. Randolph Bracy held a news conference on Friday at the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando.

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Bracy talked about potential funding for organizations like the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando to improve safety measures.

The goal is to be proactive instead of reactive when it comes to hate crimes and hate-related events.

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If approved, the organizations would get $150,000 to install a directional amplifier system.

The system would allow first-responders to communicate with the organizations in case of emergency.

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Q Mccray

Q McCray, WFTV.com

Q McCray is an award-winning general assignment reporter.