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OU Welcomes DHS $180 Million Allocation of Security Grants

OU will continue work to double FY 2022 allocation to $360 million.

(Courtesy of OU) The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (OU), the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, welcomed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ recent announcement that the $180 million in federal Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) awards for fiscal year 2021 have been allocated to synagogues and other houses of worship, parochial day schools, summer camps and a variety of other nonprofit organizations across the United States.

The allocation for FY 2021 represents a 100% increase over the previous year, which was $90 million. Since 2005, when OU Advocacy helped spearhead the creation of the NSGP, Congress has apportioned a total of $599 million for the program. The Orthodox Union is urging Congress to increase NSGP funding for FY 2022 to $360 million.

The latest allocations follow a dramatic surge in antisemitic incidents and attacks nationwide. In recent weeks alone, a Chabad rabbi was stabbed in front of a Jewish school in Boston; a Jewish man was attacked on his way to a Brooklyn synagogue; and graves at a Baltimore Jewish cemetery were defaced with swastikas.

Said Nathan Diament, OU Executive Director for Public Policy: “We in the Orthodox Jewish community are very grateful to DHS Secretary Mayorkas, his DHS team and the Biden Administration for their support for our community’s security. We are also grateful to our allies Congress for bolstering funding for the Nonprofit Security Program, particularly Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), and Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.). We will continue to work with our elected officials to increase the NSGP allocation so that more people may be protected.”

Said OU President Mark (Moishe) Bane: “We have a responsibility to protect our community, particularly in vulnerable places such as synagogues, schools and so many other foundational institutions. This federal grant funding truly helps us to do that. We can, and must, do everything we can to keep our community—and all faith communities—safe.”

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