Over 120 Jewish Federations on Thursday urged appropriators to protect the Jewish community alongside faith and other vulnerable communities, fight antisemitism and hate crimes, care for Holocaust survivors and other vulnerable populations, and promote peace and security in the Middle East as they write the country's 2024 spending bills.
"It's no exaggeration to say that the American Jewish community is feeling more unsettled than it has in decades due to the rise in antisemitism and violent extremism," said Elana Broitman, SVP, Public Affairs for the Jewish Federations of North America. "Now is the time to double down on the priorities that keep our and other faith communities safe, secure, healthy, strong, and resilient, including programs that support the mental and physical health of our most vulnerable and ensure that our Holocaust survivors can live in dignity."
In a letter addressed to the lead appropriators in both the House and Senate, the Federations called for the 2024 appropriations bills to increase Nonprofit Security Grant Program funding to $360 million, and fund important programs such as the NO HATE Act Program and Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism.
They also called for funds to assist Holocaust survivors, fight antisemitism and hate crimes, bolster mental health, and protect the Health & Long-Term Care Workforce, a central issue that was raised Tuesday at the annual Jewish Disability Advocacy Day.
You can read the full letter here.