State grants awarded to local Jewish institutions
Funding improvementsMoney will go to structural repairs and renovations

State grants awarded to local Jewish institutions

Congregation Beth Shalom, Hillel Academy and Yeshiva Schools each will receive $1 million from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Congregation Beth Shalom (Photo by Toby Tabachnick)
Congregation Beth Shalom (Photo by Toby Tabachnick)

Six local projects — including three spearheaded by Jewish institutions — will receive more than $5.8 million in state grant funding, state Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) announced last week.

“These projects will directly impact many of our friends and neighbors, whether it’s through accessibility updates for buildings, energy savings and repairs for historic community religious centers, or projects to encourage economic development,” Frankel said in a prepared statement. “They mark a major state investment in our community and in the places we call home.”

The grants awarded include:

• Congregation Beth Shalom rehabilitation and energy savings: $1 million. The project will include repairing water damage to the structural envelope of the 100-year-old sanctuary building and other updates.

• Hillel Academy gym: $1 million. Hillel Academy will renovate the combined gymnasium and auditorium and second-floor changing rooms, and make window upgrades.

• Yeshiva Schools – Greenfield campus rehabilitation: $1 million. The full project includes the renovation and rehabilitation of the St. Rosalia site at 403 Greenfield Ave.

The other three institutions receiving state grants are: the Western Pennsylvania School for the Blind ($1.25 million), CoNEXUS at Pittsburgh Innovation District ($550,000) and Frick Pittsburgh Clayton ($1 million). PJC

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