Just a few short weeks ago, we witnessed the deadliest act of anti-Semitism in North American Jewish history. To honor the lives lost, we MUST ACT TODAY to secure our community’s agencies, synagogues, and day schools.
Columbus’s Jewish organizations were the recipient of $1.2 million of nonprofit security grant funding in 2017. This enabled many to install security enhancements such as bollards, bulletproof glass, and updated surveillance camera technology. Unfortunately, a handful of organizations did not receive any security grant funding and are vulnerable.
For many of our organizations, an armed law enforcement presence is the most pressing need. At upwards of $65 per hour, one week of a police officer and squad car could cost $2,600, or $585 for weekend coverage for synagogues. These are significant financial hurdles. Furthermore, new security technology costs tens of thousands of dollars.
The Community Security Fund was established by JewishColumbus to assist our community’s ongoing and most dire security needs. For 2019, it will cost upwards of $1.1 million to fulfill our agencies’, synagogues’ and day schools’ needs. Of the $1.1 million, $800,000 comprises ongoing expenses, while $300,000 would provide strategic security enhancements throughout the community.
It is JewishColumbus’s goal to be at the forefront of our community’s security efforts, which is only possible with your assistance. Thank you for your ongoing generosity and we hope that you will also consider a contribution to our 2019 Annual Campaign.
If you have a Philanthropic Fund at JewishColumbus’s Jewish Foundation, please login to your DonorCentral account online, or call the Foundation at 614.338.2365.
Joel Marcovitch, CEO