(JNS) As the Senate and House appropriations committees hammer out congressional discretionary funding for fiscal year 2024, more than 120 U.S. Jewish Federations penned a letter last week asking members to support needs that are important to American Jews, among others.
Specifically, the letter drew lawmakers’ attention to “programs to secure faith and other vulnerable communities, fight antisemitism and hate crimes, care for Holocaust survivors and other vulnerable populations, and promote peace and security in the Middle East.”
Among the group’s requests are $360 million for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program, which protects Jewish communities and others who face elevated threats, and $10 million for the Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program. Those requests represent roughly 18% and 17.5% increases, respectively, over last year.
It also requested $2 million to fund the special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism—a role Jewish historian and longtime Emory University professor Deborah Lipstadt currently occupies—as well as mental-health services, and emergency food and shelter programs.