Congress Approves Security Grants Sought by Jewish Institutions

The spending bill approved by Congress last week more than doubles spending for security grants that have been overwhelmingly tapped by Jewish institutions. The bill includes $60 million for the security grants, up from $25 million last year. More than 90% of the grants have been used to harden security at Jewish institutions since the nonprofit security grant program was launched in 2005. A spike in threats on Jewish institutions over the last year drove the increase. According to the Anti-Defamation League, anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. in 2017 increased by 43% over 2016. The bill also includes $5 million for the Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program, double the amount of previous years. (JTA)

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