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Gottheimer announces record $4.8M in nonprofit security grants, stands against antisemitism, Islamophobia, other forms of hate

Condemns hate — in all forms — happening on college campuses and across the United States

TEANECK, NJ (Bergen County) — U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) Friday visited Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls to announce a record $4.8 million in Nonprofit Security Grants to 34 nonprofit organizations across North Jersey.

The grantees — a mix of synagogues, mosques, churches, gurdwaras, religious schools, and religious community centers — will use their Nonprofit Security Grants to invest in physical protections, security technology, and training to keep their communities safe.

29 of the 34 grantees, including Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School, received the maximum Nonprofit Security Grant: $150,000. This marks the seventh straight year in which Gottheimer has clawed back security investment for North Jersey. Since entering office, he has delivered more than $10.3 million in Nonprofit Security Grants to the Fifth District, the most of any district in the state.

“We must ensure that all people are safe — on college campuses, in our neighborhoods, at our schools, at our churches, mosques, and synagogues. That’s what Nonprofit Security Grants are all about,” Gottheimer said. “To help combat hate, since I was sworn in, I’ve been focused on clawing millions of federal dollars from Washington back to North Jersey through the Nonprofit Security Grant Program every year that I’ve been in Congress. We’ve gotten the most of any other district in the state — $10.3 million total. And this year was historic. I’m incredibly honored to announce that we are clawing back more for our communities this year than any prior year in my tenure.”

Skyrocketing Levels of Antisemitism, Islamophobia, and Hate:

Gottheimer’s New Action to Protect Religious Freedom and Stop Hate:

  1. Successfully negotiated and passed a $400 million investment for Nonprofit Security Grants nationwide as part of last month’s security and humanitarian aid package. Gottheimer is also advocating for a $385 million investment for the program in Fiscal Year 2025 to reverse budget cuts by extremists in Congress.
  2. Led and passed the bipartisan Antisemitism Awareness Act through the House with an overwhelming majority earlier this week. This legislation will give the Department of Education a framework to evaluate antisemitism and hold harassers on campuses accountable for threats and intimidation against students.
  3. Co-leading the bipartisan Countering Antisemitism Act, which contains a Gottheimer-led provision known as the HEAL Act. This bill will help assess the current Holocaust-related resources available to schools and communities to ensure educators have the tools they need to teach future generations about the atrocities of the Holocaust and the devastating impact of antisemitism.

Gottheimer was joined by Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton and Head of Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls CB Neugroschl.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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