In the wake of the Pittsburgh and Poway shootings, Jewish Communal Fund is working with its partners at UJA-Federation of New York and the Jewish Community Relations Council, along with the Paul E. Singer Foundation, to help strengthen the security and safety of Jewish institutions in New York.

Jewish Communal Fund, the largest Jewish donor-advised fund in the country, announced that it has made an emergency grant to help Jewish organizations in New York gain access to free security assessments conducted by professional security firms. These assessments can help our community potentially leverage millions of dollars in federal security grants to address the very real security challenges that we face. Organizations that invest in professional security assessments are significantly more likely to receive government funding.

Please visit the JCRC website to learn how your New York-based synagogue or other Jewish communal organization can apply for a free security assessment through this program.

“Jewish Communal Fund is proud to join forces with our partners at UJA-Federation and follow the lead of the Paul E. Singer Foundation to ensure that our community is safe and secure,” says Zoya Raynes, President of Jewish Communal Fund and a board member of JCRC-NY. “These security assessments are critical to helping our synagogues, day schools, and other communal institutions access government dollars to address the very real security challenges we face.”

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