Thirty Local Jewish Organizations Receive $1.3M in Security Grants

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Thirty Jewish organizations in the five-county Philadelphia area were awarded a combined $1,293,401 in state funding to improve security and protect against hate crimes, Gov. Tom Wolf’s office announced.

Throughout Pennsylvania, 120 synagogues, churches, mosques, temples and nonprofit organizations received a total of $5.23 million. Fifty-eight were Jewish organizations; the total received was $2.8 million.

“This is an investment in the safety and security of the diverse communities that are the tapestry of Pennsylvania,” Wolf said in a news release. “It’s unfortunate that hate continues to surface here, hurting Pennsylvanians and tearing apart our communities. I will continue to stand with and support these communities in any way I can.”

The Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program, which is administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, provides grants to nonprofits that “principally serve individuals, groups or institutions that are included within a bias motivation category for single-bias hate crime incidents as identified by the FBI’s Hate Crime Statistics publication.”

The money can be used for safety and security planning, safety and security equipment and technology, training, building upgrades, vulnerability and threat assessments, and other security enhancements.

These organizations received grants, according to Wolf’s office:

Bucks County

Ohev Shalom of Bucks County, $24,800

Congregation Tifereth Israel of Lower Bucks County, $21,240

Chester County

Congregation B’nai Jacob Phoenixville PA, $24,980

Kesher Israel Congregation, $40,000

Delaware County

Congregation Beth Israel of Media, $24,891

Congregation Beth El-Ner Tamid, $20,000

Montgomery County

Kaiserman Jewish Community Center, $17,980

Gan Israel Chabad, Inc., $25,000

Brotherhood Temple Brith Achim, $24,950

Congregation Adath Jeshurun, $25,000

Har Zion Temple, $75,000

Temple Sinai, $25,000

Lubavitch of Abington Inc., $25,000

Main Line Reform Temple, $150,000

Temple Adath Israel of the Main Line, $150,000

Lubavitch of Montgomery County, $55,640

The Mesivta High School of Greater Philadelphia, $50,000

Yeshivas Ohr Hachaim (DBA Mesivta Yesodei Yisroel), $75,000

Chabad Lubavitch of the Main Line, Inc., $50,250

Darchei Noam, $23,051

Reconstructing Judaism, $24,967

Caskey Torah Academy, $25,000

Philadelphia County

Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History (The Weitzman Museum), $104,000

Society Hill Synagogue, $22,500

Congregation Rodeph Shalom, $74,812

Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, $25,000

Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia, $25,000

Federation Day Care Services d/b/a Federation Early Learning Services, $15,901

Congregation Bnai Israel Ohev Zedek, $23,439

Chabad Serving Drexel, $25,000



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