Long Island, NY - August 27, 2015 - U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice announced today that two local Jewish community organizations have been awarded $150,000 in federal funding to support security enhancements. Congregation Aish Kodesh in Woodmere, NY and the Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Merrick, NY will each receive a $75,000 grant through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program, which provides funding for security enhancements to nonprofit organizations that are at a high risk of terrorist attacks. Congregation Aish Kodesh and the Chabad Center for Jewish Life will use the funding to implement enhanced security features, including forced-entry-resistant technology, security-modified doors, alarm systems and surveillance cameras.
“Congregation Aish Kodesh and the Chabad Center for Jewish Life are pillars of our district’s Jewish communities, and for that reason they are also targets of terrorism that face unique security risks,” said Representative Kathleen Rice. “This significant federal investment will allow these institutions to make needed security improvements that will help prevent acts of terrorism and enhance emergency response capabilities. I’m pleased that we secured these grants, and I’ll keep working to ensure that our district gets the resources we need to keep all of our communities safe and secure.”
“We are gratified that the Department of Homeland Security approved our security grant and very grateful to Congresswoman Rice for her leadership and critical support of our proposal. The DHS grant will allow us to take important steps to better secure our building,” said Rabbi Moshe Weinberger, Rabbi of Congregation Aish Kodesh.