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Jewish groups receive Homeland Security grants

Jewish groups received much of $24 million in government grants awarded to upgrade security.

The non-profit organizations, many in the New York area, were the greatest beneficiaries of the 2007 Urban Areas Security Initiative Nonprofit Security Grant Program awards.

The awards, released last Friday by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, support target-hardening and security-screening activities in non-profit organizations that are deemed at high risk of a potential terrorist attack.

Jewish groups received most of the 308 grants because they are deemed at higher risk of a potential terrorist attack based on threat and risk information, according to information from the Department of Homeland Security.

“Risk is not exclusive to political jurisdictions or critical infrastructure,” Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff said in a statement. “These investments will strengthen security and contribute to local preparedness at hundreds of non-profit organizations nationwide.”

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