Federal funds through grants help secure B’nai Shalom Temple, the vibrant church in East Brunswick

East Brunswick – Federal funds through the nonprofit Security Grants Program will help secure more shared facilities between Temple Bnei Shalom and the vibrant church.

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12) said, “Article 1 of the First Amendment protects our legal right to freely practice our religious faith, but we must ensure that members of society can safely exercise that right.” “Investments like this, made through the nonprofit Security Grants Program, can help ensure safety and peace of mind for faithful people in every community.

Coleman, a member of the US House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, visited local houses of worship earlier this month to review security upgrades funded by the Nonprofit Security Grants Program (NSGP), a federal grant targeting tougher funding and other physical security improvements and activities for non-profit organizations. Profits highly at risk of terrorist attacks, according to a press release from the Jewish Federation of Heart of New Jersey.

During the tour, Coleman saw firsthand how NSGP funds were used to enhance security on the site, including barriers, security cameras and access control features that protect the building’s perimeters and entrances, as well as other advanced internal security measures that protect the people who work, use and visit the building and the grounds.

“With the growing security needs of faith-based and other vulnerable organizations, Jewish Federation is committed to supporting elected leaders in achieving the full potential and impact of the NSGP,” said Dan Rosette, Director of the Jewish Federation, Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC).

“The Jewish community thanks Congresswoman Watson Coleman for her interest in the kinds of improvements the NSGP makes possible and how they are designed to save lives.”

The congressman was joined by East Brunswick Mayor Brad Cohen, East Brunswick Economic Development Officer Robert Zuckerman, Rabbi Eric Eisenkramer of Temple Benny Shalom, South Brunswick Mayor Charlie Carly, and others from the JCRC and Coleman’s office and Cohen’s office, according to a press release.

said Amy Keeler, director of Union Jews Security Initiatives in the heart of New Jersey.

Keeler explained that the consortium is also working with Jewish nonprofits across the greater Monmouth and Middlesex counties to improve NSGP applications as well as award implementation. To date, I’ve helped them get more than $11 million in federal NSGP, New Jersey NSGP grants, and other community grant funding.

“The Federation is proud to support and enhance community security in beneficial ways. We encourage all nonprofits to take full advantage of, and we applaud lawmakers for their support of the NSGP, said Susan Antman, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Heart of New Jersey.

“It is unfortunate that security has become a critical component of maintaining our house of worship,” Cohen said.

On behalf of our community in East Brunswick, I would like to thank [Coleman] for its efforts to bring federal NSGP funds into our faith communities,” he said.

The Jewish Federation of the Heart of New Jersey enhances the capacity of the Jewish community to nurture vulnerable populations, fend off and protect against hatred and anti-Semitism, and inspire and empower young people to build a bright and caring future, according to the press release.

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