During Tuesday’s meeting, which was held days after the Colleyville, 텍사스, 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.”
예를 들면, 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 용의자 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 synagogues. 있었다 1,200 ...에 1,500 representatives in the teleconference, Diament said.
Synagogue security is a “top issue” for the group, 그는 말했다, 그것을 추가 “the events in Texas have us all reaching out, talking to our congregations, rechecking security protocols and trying to identify more resources, 운수 나쁘게, 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, 여러분, 나를 포함하여, are thinking that could have just as well been my synagogue, 권리?” 그는 말했다.
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.
하나, the grant program is currently funded at $ 180 million a year, with a goal to get to $ 360 million a year, Diament said.
이번주 초, Mayorkas called for an increase in funding
, saying that although the
$ 180 million was double the previous year’s amount
, 그것은 “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
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