During Tuesday’s meeting, which was held days after the Colleyville, Texas, hostage standoff at Congregation Beth Israel, FBI and DHS leadership also underscored that synagogue security across the US will benefit from more “two-way communication.”
Per esempio, FBI Director Christopher Wray encouraged synagogues to establish direct lines of communication with their local FBI field offices, if they don’t already have them.
Officials told the group that the Texas investigation is ongoing and they are looking into the suspect’s potential connections to people.
One participant questioned how il sospetto was able to get on a plane
, go to Texas and purchase weapons
, seemingly without any hindrance
. The officials on the call did not provide specifics but acknowledged they are reviewing procedures
The Orthodox Union is the largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization in the country, representing nearly 1,000 sinagoghe. C'erano 1,200 per 1,500 representatives in the teleconference, Diament said.
Synagogue security is a “top issue” for the group, Egli ha detto, aggiungendo quello “the events in Texas have us all reaching out, talking to our congregations, rechecking security protocols and trying to identify more resources, Sfortunatamente, for more security measures.”
“Everybody who attends a synagogue, whether it’s on a weekly basis on Shabbat or a daily basis, or what have you, tutti, including myself, are thinking that could have just as well been my synagogue, destra?” Egli ha detto.
On the call, DHS discussed the department’s efforts to get federal funding to faith-based organizations in order to enhance security.
The Nonprofit Security Grant Program has been “immensely useful,” Diament said, noting that proper security measures are very expensive.
tuttavia, the grant program is currently funded at $ 180 million a year, with a goal to get to $ 360 million a year, Diament said.
All'inizio di questa settimana, Mayorkas called for an increase in funding
, saying that although the
$ 180 million was double the previous year’s amount
, era “not nearly enough to meet the demand.
” DHS will work with Congress to increase funding for the grant program so that faith-based communities have the tools to upgrade security and protect themselves from terrorism
, hate crimes and targeted violence
, Mayorkas twittato