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Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker who was taken hostage in the recent Texas synagogue incident will join a Jewish federations movement to appeal to Congress to double security funding for nonprofits to $360 million in order to safeguard communities.

The Rabbi will appear before the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee today, alongside Eric Fingerhut, the CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America. 

Source: St. Louis Jewish Light

Cytron-Walker has previously said that a camera system paid for through the federal nonprofit security grant program allowed federal agents to monitor the 11 hour Jan 15 crisis in Colleyville, which ended when Cytron-Walker threw a chair at the hostage-taker and fled with his congregants, and agents rushed the building, killing the assailant.

The appearance has coincided with today’s hearing for the confirmation of Deborah Lipstadt, Biden’s nominee for antisemitism envoy. Her hearing, which had been held up by Republicans who disliked some of her tweets, was scheduled after the Colleyville attack increased pressure on lawmakers.

Congress doubled funding for the security grant program in late 2020, to $180 million, but faith groups are asking for it to be doubled again. An array of faith groups last month urged President Joe Biden to double the funding, and Sen. Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat and majority leader, has joined the effort.

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