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Rose Hosts Grant Workshop in Brooklyn to Assist Religious & Nonprofit Institutions Improve Security

Congressman helped secure 50% funding increase for Nonprofit Security Grant Program; More than 50 local nonprofit and religious institutions attended workshop along with federal, state and city officials

Brooklyn, January 22, 2020

Photos from the event HERE.

Congressman Max Rose, Chair of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism, hosted a Nonprofit Security Grant Program Workshop at the Sephardic Community Center in Brooklyn Tuesday night. Rose helped lead a successful bipartisan effort to increase funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program to $90 million, a 50 percent increase, which provides critical support and protection for nonprofit and religious institutions like synagogues, churches, mosques, religious schools and community centers which have increasingly been targets of terrorism and hate crimes.

“No American should ever be afraid to worship, gather for prayers, or celebrate with their community. Unfortunately with rising hate and violence taking place across our city and country, it’s a reality that’s occurring far too often,” said Rose, the first Jewish Member of Congress from Staten Island. “I was proud to lead a successful, bipartisan effort to increase funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program, but increasing it alone is not enough if those who need the funding most don’t know about the program or how to apply. That’s why I’m so committed to making sure that everyone in our community has the tools and resources they need to apply for funding to improve security at their institutions.”

Rose’s workshop was attended by more than 50 local nonprofits organizations and religious institutions who learned about the Nonprofit Security Grant Program and how to apply for funding to help improve security systems that best fit the needs of the institutions. Speakers at the workshop included representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which oversees the grant program, as well as from the New York State Homeland Security and Emergency Services and the New York City Police Department, who spoke to actions being taken on the state and city level to protect high-risk nonprofit and religious institutions. Rose held a similar workshop on Staten Island last year, and is planning additional workshops throughout the district in the coming months.

Rose has been consistent in keeping his focus on addressing anti-Semitism and the threats faced by international and domestic terrorism. Last week, Rose chaired a hearing titled “Confronting the Rise in Anti-Semitic Domestic Terrorism” which focused on recent incidents of domestic terrorism motivated by anti-Semitism, including recent mass attacks in the New York City metro area, as well as the overall rise in anti-Semitic violence.

Earlier this month, Rose gave a speech before the House of Representatives on the rising levels of anti-Semitic attacks and hate crimes across New York City. Included in the annual defense bill, which was recently signed into law, is an amended version of the Domestic and International Terrorism DATA Act, of which Rose was an original co-sponsor, that will require the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to produce an annual report on domestic terror incidents and how the government is responding.

FBI hate crime statistics show that incidents in at religious institutions like synagogues, churches, mosques and temples increased 34.8% between 2014 and 2018, the last year for which FBI data is available. The Anti-Defamation League’s 2018 Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents in New York, released earlier this year, showed a 55 percent increase in Anti-Semitic Assaults in 2018, all of which occurred in New York City. 

For those unable to attend last night’s workshop, FEMA will be holding a webinar and conference call for faith-based, community and nonprofit partners regarding the Nonprofit Security Grant Program:

Please dial in 15 minutes early, so operators may record your name and organization and place you into the call. If you are unable to join or the event is at capacity; please join one of the next offerings which will be held on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 and Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020.