This program is critical to protecting
Nonprofit Security Grant Program investment is to enhance the protection of soft targets and crowded places through operational coordination; public information and warning; intelligence and information sharing; interdiction and disruption; screening, search, and detection; access control and identity verification; physical protective measures; and risk management for protection programs and activities. It also provides for safety and security through security guards, physical security enhancements like closed circuit television security cameras, training, security screening equipment for people and baggage, and access controls like fencing, gates, and barriers.
Gottheimer has worked closely with religious organizations, counties, towns, and local organizations to help apply for and win competitive federal security grants, clawing back our federal tax dollars to fight homegrown terror. Several of the organizations succeeded in securing the maximum amount of grant investment of
"This whole program is about fighting against antisemitism and hate and white supremacy and lone-wolf terror. It is about protecting against anyone who seeks to harm our families," said Congressman
"We thank you for the grant that will allow us to practice our religion without worrying, and that our families, our children can sit and relax and not worry about the threats that surround us," said
"Year after year,
Gottheimer was joined today by
* Fair Lawn Jewish Center,
* Malankara Archdiocese of the
* Sephardic Congregation Shaarai Orah of
* Yeshiva of
Watch the press conference here: https://www.facebook.com/RepJoshG/videos/211930470855162
Gottheimer's full remarks as prepared for delivery are below.
I want to say a special thank you to Keter Torah for hosting us here this morning. It is wonderful to be back. This congregation, and Rabbi
Unfortunately, like far too many temples, churches, mosques, religious schools and affiliated institutions, Keter Torah has faced antisemitic and hate-driven threats over the years - a direct attack on their religious freedom.
This is a year that we all know is plaguing our nation. Both in
The Nonprofit Security Grant program is all about combating these threats of antisemitism, hate, and on our religious freedoms. The competitive grant provides resources to help to ensure that our temples, mosques, churches, and religious schools are better protected, so that families are safer, and so we can live up to our values as a state and a nation. Because, as I know we all agree, hate is not -- and will never be -- welcome here in
To help combat hate, for the sixth year in a row, including right here at Keter Torah, we have clawed millions of federal dollars from
This year, we're bringing back
Since I was first elected in 2016,
This program is critical to protecting our communities in
Since today's threat environment continues to evolve so quickly, this program helps organizations plan for and ready themselves against evolving violence and attacks, including to support security enhancements for our religious institutions at high risk of attack, including items like cameras, bulletproof glass, fencing, card readers, hiring security officers and hosting preparedness training.
Nonprofit Security Grant Program investment is to enhance the protection of soft targets and crowded places through operational coordination; public information and warning; intelligence and information sharing; interdiction and disruption; screening, search, and detection; access control and identity verification; physical protective measures; risk management for protection programs and activities; and to provide safety and security through private contracted security guards, as well as physical security enhancements like closed circuit television security cameras, security screening equipment for people and baggage, and access controls like fencing, gates, and barriers.
As I said earlier, the freedoms to live and worship as we choose -- and to educate ourselves -- are at the bedrock of the American idea, and protecting them is absolutely critical.
As one of our Founding Fathers,
Now, these rights remain a major target for violence and lone-wolf,
During and following the conflict in
According to data from the
This spike in recent years is marked especially by hate-fueled tragedies that occurred here in Jersey, in
As we've seen in one incident after another, the very safety and security of our communities hangs in the balance -- which is why these investments clawed back through the Non-Profit Security Grant Program are so important.
With these federal dollars in place to help our organizations here in the
To give you some highlights --
Christian Healthcare Center, in
Congregation Shaarai Orah of
These organizations, along with Keter Torah -- where we are today -- and all the
Before I close, I'd like to introduce Deena from Keter Torah and Nissan from
The points you just heard both of them make is so important. This is about combating extremism and hate and antisemitism. This is about making sure that our churches and our synagogues and our mosques are safe and that religious institution and freedom, which is so deep at the heart of who we are, is safe. And I am very proud of the fact that we have all worked together to fight for these resources and that we have wonderful law enforcement who are protecting us on the frontlines. But we know that without this extra support these things can't happen, they're expensive. And we shouldn't need them but we know in the time we're living in now we do need them to keep our children and our families and our communities safe and ensure that they are able to practice the religion that they choose.
This whole program is about fighting against antisemitism and hate and white supremacy and lone wolf terror. It is about protecting against anyone who seeks to harm our families.
Additionally, beyond the grant announcement today, to ensure full protection for high risk organizations, I've fought for and helped pass increased investment in the Non-Profit Security Grant Program -- including a 50 percent increase from previous levels.
I've also been fighting to combat these threats elsewhere -- as a member of the
I was also proud to support the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, which was in response to the nearly 150 percent rise in Anti-Asian hate in 2020. Which I am sure people have seen and read about.
I'm proud to fight for these pieces of legislation and grants that will ensure our federal tax dollars are coming back here to Jersey to protect our most fundamental freedoms and to defend communities of faith from threats of violence and acts of lone-wolf terrorism.
There is no reason why standing up to hate, standing up to antisemitism, standing up to targeting of any of our communities, is partisan. This is about coming together as a country as a district to make it clear that there is no place for hate in
It's what our community needs and deserves. I know that if we continue to work together, and stand up for our values and beliefs, here in the greatest country in the world, our best days will always be ahead of us.
God bless you and may God continue to bless