by Esther Pransky
Following the recent spate of anti-Semitic crimes, yeshivas and shuls are understandably nervous. Many are looking to upgrade their security with new equipment, additional training, or hiring guards. “Target hardening” is crucial, but it costs large sums of money that schools and shuls don’t have.
There are millions of dollars in security grants available from the federal, state and city governments. Each grant has its own set of strict, detailed requirements and inviolable deadlines. Eligibility requirements vary from grant to grant. For busy administrators, figuring out which grant they are eligible for and what they need to do to apply can be time-consuming and overwhelming.
To ensure that yeshivas, shuls and other organizations in our community have all the information they need at their fingertips, Agudath Israel’s Yeshiva Services prepared a user-friendly “Security Funding Resources” chart. Remarked Mrs. Deborah Zachai, Agudah’s director of Yeshiva Services, “The idea of putting together a chart was to give administrators a concise, informative one-pager that helps them easily navigate the security grant landscape.”
“Of course,” she continued, “Hashem is the true shomer Yisroel, but we need to do our part.” She added that there is an image on the homepage of the Grants Gateway which does not conform to the laws of tznius and cautioned users to be guided accordingly.