Federation matching grant for “LiveSecure” continues

By Reporter staff 

The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton continues to raise funds in order to receive matching funds from the Jewish Federations of North America’s LiveSecure, a $54 million security campaign and initiative to ensure the security and resiliency of Jewish communities. “The funds received will be based on new and increased pledges to the annual Campaign, and will be used solely for security,” said Suzanne Holwitt, president of the Federation. “With the Anti-Defamation League noting that antisemitic attacks reached what it called ‘an all time high’ in the U.S. last year, we can never be too vigilant.”

Shelley Hubal, executive director of the Federation noted that the Federation has already offered programs to help keep the community safe, including an Active Shooter Training in June and a Stop the Bleed program in September. “We’re already alert to the unfortunate need to take these steps to protect our community,” Hubal added. “But the funds from this grant will allow us to help community organizations find even better ways to keep their members and buildings safe.” 

Holwitt said, “JFNA is collaborating with the Secure Community Network – which is the official liaison of the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation – to help us better equip community members and our local organizations to stay safe. Both the funds and the knowledge we’ll receive should be invaluable.” 

Hubal also noted how important the initiative is to the local community. “The attacks that have taken place against Jewish communities and other minority groups across the United States have left many of us fearful,” she added. “One way to combat this is for all our organizations to be able to implement the latest security measures. By increasing your pledge or making a pledge for the first time, you can play an important role in keeping us safe.”