Proposed Increase to Nonprofit Security Grant Program Comes in Wake of Attack on Texas Synagogue
New York, N.Y. -- The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America – the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization – today applauded Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s announcement proposing to double funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) to $360 million to better protect synagogues, other houses of worship and other nonprofits at risk of terror attacks.
Orthodox Union Executive Director for Public Policy Nathan Diament spoke alongside Sen. Schumer and other faith leaders at the press conference in midtown Manhattan, calling for the increase to the Nonprofit Security Grant Program.
At the press conference, Diament stated:
“We did not imagine living through a nightmare in the United States of not one, not two, but three synagogues being the sites of domestic terrorist attacks, and that’s what we’ve now lived through. In my 25 years of working in advocacy for the synagogue community, I didn’t imagine that I would turn on my phone after Shabbat and the first call I would get would be from the Secretary of Homeland Security telling me about another synagogue terrorist incident.”
Orthodox Union President Mark (Moishe) Bane stated: “We will not stand idle as our community is preyed upon yet again. We at the Orthodox Union are working to do all that we can to keep the Jewish community and other faith communities safe at all times, and especially in their houses of worship.”
In addition to today’s press conference with Sen. Schumer, the Orthodox Union and other major American faith groups sent a letter to President Biden calling upon him to double NSGP funding for synagogues and other houses of worship.