GLEN ROCK, NJ - The Young Israel of Fair Lawn temple received a $100,000 federal safety grant intended to provide security for certain tax-exempt organizations that are at risk of a terrorist attack from homegrown and lone wolf, ISIS-inspired terrorists.

On August 2, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that eight temples and churches throughout New Jersey’s Fifth Congressional District received new Nonprofit Security Grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for Fiscal Year 2019. 

These grants go toward strengthening the National Preparedness System, which consists of identifying and assessing risk, estimating capability requirements, building and sustaining capabilities, and planning to implement, validating, and reviewing and revising those capabilities.

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“Safety and security in our places of worship are at the bedrock of the American idea and we must do everything we can to protect them. Part of what makes America the greatest country in the world is our ability to practice our faiths in the manner in which we choose, free from violence,” Congressman Josh Gottheimer said. “I’m proud to fight for these grants that claw back our federal tax dollars to protect our most fundamental freedoms and defend communities of faith from threats of violence and acts of lone-wolf terrorism.”

The temples and churches receiving the Nonprofit Security Grants for Fiscal Year 2019 are:

Congregation Arzei Darom - Teaneck, Bergen County, $100,000

Bnai Shalom - Newton, Sussex County, $45,000

Young Israel of Fair Lawn - Fair Lawn, Bergen County, $100,000

Congregation Beth Tefillah - Paramus, Bergen County, $100,000

Congregation Bnai Yeshurun - Teaneck, Bergen County, $100,000

Teaneck Chabad House: Friends of Lubavitch of Bergen County - Teaneck, Bergen County, $100,000

Our Lady of Mercy Church - Park Ridge, Bergen County, $37,614

The Church of the Savior - Paramus, Bergen County, $100,000