JCRC Statement on Funds Being Made Available in Maryland for Faith-Based Institutions and Nonprofits

JCRC Statement

The following is a statement from Ron Halber, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington, on state and local officials in Maryland announcing more than $1.3 million in security grants for faith-based institutions and nonprofits:

“The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington applauds Maryland Governor Wes Moore for being a true ally and friend to the Jewish community. Thanks to his steadfast leadership, $1 million in emergency state funding is being made available to faith-based institutions and nonprofit organizations in our state to protect residents and families wherever they choose to worship. In a time when antisemitic acts of hatred and brutality directed against the Jewish people have risen exponentially since the slaughter of 1,200 Israelis at the hands of Hamas on October 7, Governor Moore has shown repeatedly that he has our back — in Maryland as well as in Israel. We deeply appreciate all that he has done and continues to do during this exceptionally difficult time for our community. 

JCRC also thanks the Montgomery County Council for providing an immediate infusion of more than $300,000 to bolster its landmark Nonprofit Security Grant initiative — the only local program in the United States that provides houses of worship with operating dollars for security functions. These investments will ensure that Jewish congregations and those of other faiths will be protected locally in moments of both crisis and calm. 

Acts of hatred and brutality against the Jewish community or any other faith have no place in civilized society. JCRC will continue to lead the charge against those who perpetuate such heinous assaults against our families and we are honored to have so many elected officials in Maryland alongside us in this critical fight.”