$10.7 million in homeland security funding to Maryland religious groups | Techno Glob

BALTIMORE – Religious and nonprofit organizations statewide – most of them synagogues and other Jewish institutions – are getting $10.7 million in federal funding to boost security measures.

Maryland’s congressional representatives noted in a press release that the grant, which comes from Homeland Security, “is in response to an increase in religiously motivated attacks on religious communities across the country.”

This month marks four years since the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in US history that killed 11 people at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue. Earlier this year, a man was held hostage during a synagogue service in Texas.

In the Baltimore area, awards include:

  • $300,000 for Bais Yaakov School for Girls
  • $299,959 for the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore
  • $239,550 for B’nai Israel Congregation and Cemetery
  • $150,000 each for Agudath Israel of Baltimore, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Beth Am, Beth Tefiloh, Banos Yisroel of Baltimore, Chabad Israel Center of Baltimore, Chabad Lubavitch of Hunt Valley, Chabad of Towson, Cheddar Chabad, Chizuk Amuno Congregation, Yakovit, Yakovet Congregation Shomrei Emunah, Darchei Noam Montessori, Edward Myerberg Senior Center, Har Sinai – Ohem Shalom Congregation, Mesivta Kesar Torah of Baltimore, Ner Israel Rabbinical College, Owings Mills Synagogue, St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Star-K Certification Academy Baltimore, Temple Beth Sholom of Anne Arundel County, Baltimore Yeshivas Lubavitch, Yeshivas Torus Simcha, Beth Sholom Congregation, Calvary Assembly of God, Islamic Society of Frederick, Mother Seton School, Shoresh, Inc., The Banner School,
  • $148,943 for St. Paul’s Church
  • $147,257 for the Islamic Society of Baltimore
  • $141,227 for St. Isaac Jogs Catholic Church
  • $139,971 for St. Agnes Catholic School
  • $139,560 for Resurrection St. Paul School
  • $130,000 for the Holy Monastery of St. Nina
  • $120,886 Clement School Willow for St. Michael-St
  • $110,577 for the Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies
  • $109,200 for the Pikesville Jewish Congregation
  • $107,575 for Grace Bible Baptist Church
  • $105,000 for The Jewels School
  • $95,000 for St. John Regional Catholic School
  • $75,000 for Suburban Orthodox Congregation Toras Chaim
  • $74,000 for Bolton Street Synagogue
  • $68,717 for St. Agnes Catholic Congregation
  • $32,000 for Covenant Family Chapel
  • $19,000 for Faith Christian Fellowship Church

Congressional representatives said in a statement:

‚ÄúReligious freedom is a fundamental freedom protected by our Constitution, but an increase in hate attacks against religious communities threatens this freedom in Maryland and across the country. We fought for these investments so that our faith-based organizations can ensure the protection and safety of their members. Team Maryland will continue to work with our faith organizations to secure more resources so all Marylanders can fearlessly worship as they choose.”

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