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On Monday, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America – the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization – applauded Senator Chuck Schumer’s announcement of his proposal to quadruple the funding level for the federal government’s security grants to synagogues and other houses of worship and nonprofit organizations.

The days of Chanukah are a time to thank Hashem and praise His Great Name: “…for Your miracles, for Your wonders and for Your salvations.” We recall what Hashem did for our forefathers and for us as a nation – how He, in His great love for us, saved us from countless enemies – people who were much bigger and stronger than us.

Queens residents remain on edge following the recent uptick of anti-Semitic attacks around the country and just across the Hudson River in Jersey City. More businesses, synagogues, yeshivos, and homeowners are considering expanding their video surveillance options to ensure a safer atmosphere. The term “caught on camera” has take on new meaning as closed-circuit television cameras continue to pop up on the corner of every stately structure.