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Two synagogues in Manhattan are among the “Sacred Sites” in New York State that have received grants for physical repairs from the New York Landmarks Conservancy, The Jewish Week reported.

The Stanton Street Synagogue on the Lower East Side will receive a $30,000 Jewish Heritage Fund Grant that will help pay for repairs on the building exterior walls and the East Village’s Sixth Street Community Synagogue will receive a grant of $25,000 that will be used toward repairing its roof and other needed improvement.

Aside from their religious significance, the synagogues “provide vital social service programs and cultural activities that make significant contributions to their communities,” Peg Breen, Conservancy president, said in a statement.

The Stanton Street Synagogue was constructed in 1913 by combining two adjacent tenement buildings and it one of the city’s few surviving “tenement synagogues, while the Sixth Street Community Synagogue has become a center for Jewish musical programs, The Jewish Week reported.

The Conservancy is a non-profit organization “dedicated to preserving, revitalizing and reusing New York’s architecturally significant buildings.” It provides technical assistance, project management services, grants, and loans to owners of historic properties throughout the state.