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Rice Announces $3.15 Million in Security Grant Funding for Local Jewish Nonprofits

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Washington, August 25, 2022 | comments

GARDEN CITY, NY - Today, U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice (NY-04) announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded $3.15 million for security enhancements to 16 Jewish nonprofit organizations in New York's Fourth Congressional District.  The funding was awarded through DHS's Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), which supports target hardening and physical security enhancements for nonprofit organizations that are at a higher risk of a terrorist attack.

"This past year has seen a frightening increase in antisemitic attacks and violence directed at Jews, particularly in the New York area,” said Rep. Kathleen Rice.  “I am pleased that we were able to increase the funding allocated to the Nonprofit Security Grant Program for FY 2022, and proud to secure these grants for institutions on Long Island to help enhance the physical security and emergency response capabilities of our at-risk nonprofits."

“I would like to thank Congresswoman Rice for everything she has done for us this year and over the years, and in obtaining the Nonprofit Security Grant for us to harden the security of our synagogue,” said Jeff Newman, Co-Chair of Security at Temple Beth Am The Reform Congregation of Merrick and Bellmore.

“We are deeply appreciative to Rep. Rice for recognizing the full magnitude of the threat of antisemitism and domestic terrorism that currently faces Jewish institutions like synagogues,” said Zvi Gutman, President of the Young Israel of North Woodmere.

In total, 16 synagogues, yeshivas, and Jewish organizations in NY-04 received 21 grants of $150,000 each through the FY22 NSGP.

This is the seventh consecutive year in which Rice helped secure funding for nonprofit organizations in New York's Fourth Congressional District.  Allocations for prior years can be found below:

FY 2021 $3.5 million for twenty nonprofits

FY 2020 $1.3 million for fourteen nonprofits

FY 2019 $1.7 million for seventeen nonprofits

FY 2018 $1.2 million for eight nonprofits

FY 2017 $450,000 for six nonprofits

FY 2016 $575,000 for eight nonprofits

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