Shul, Federation, receive federal security funding

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Shul, Federation, receive federal security funding

Cleveland Jewish News – Two local Jewish institutions and the county hospital are among those receiving federal funding for technology to help guard against a terrorist attack.

Young Israel of Greater Cleveland will receive $75,000; Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, $33,000, and MetroHealth Medical Center, $75,000 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announced last week.

The Nonprofit Security Grant Program aids nonprofits at high risk of a terrorist attack. The funds will also help integrate the nonprofits’ emergency plans with those of the state and the city of Cleveland, said Brown in an emailed statement.

Federation is using the $33,000 to buy camera-screening equipment, said Amy Kaplan, director of government relations. The equipment will feed data to a server the city of Beachwood can access and share with other law enforcement agencies.

“We’re looking at this as a pilot, so perhaps through future grants we could have this technology at several campuses of Jewish institutions located in Beachwood,” said Kaplan. The maximum grant is $75,000.
Young Israel of Greater Cleveland was one of 11 Young Israel branches across the country awarded the Homeland Security grants, the National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) said in a written statement. The Young Israel shuls will receive a total of about $800,000 to enhance security.

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