Frankel: Nearly $740,000 in funding awarded to boost security at local organizations

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 13 – Ten organizations in the 23rd Legislative District are receiving combined grant funding of $737,310 to shore up security, state Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, announced today.

Frankel said the funding – awarded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency under the Nonprofit Security Grant Program – will ensure the facilities have the security equipment, technology and upgrades needed to ensure visitors’ safety.

“Our sanctuaries and schools should be places of peace and reflection, but we know from bitter experience that threats and violence can shatter that tranquility and endanger congregants and other visitors,” Frankel said. “This new funding will help ensure that residents who gather in these beloved community spaces enjoy the safety and peace of mind they deserve.”

Frankel said the funding includes the following organizations and amounts:

  • Bnai Emunoh Chabad, Inc. – $75,000.
  • Community Day School – $25,000.
  • Congregation Kether Torah – $25,000.
  • Congregation Poale Zedeck – $150,000.
  • Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh – $111,500.
  • Lubavitch Center – $25,000.
  • Rodef Shalom Congregation – $25,810.
  • The Jewish Spark – $75,000.
  • Tree of Life, Inc. – $150,000.
  • Yeshivath Achei Tmimim of Pittsburgh – $75,000.

Funding awarded under the Nonprofit Security Grant Program may be used for a wide variety of security resources, including safety and security planning and training, the purchase of safety and security equipment and technology, upgrades to existing structures and vulnerability and threat assessments.

More about the funding – which is the sixth cohort of Nonprofit Security Grant Program awards approved by PCCD – is available here:,Commission%20on%20Crime%20and%20Delinquency%20Approves%20Over%20%2419%20Million%20in,to%20Make%20Pennsylvania%20Communities%20Safer&text=Harrisburg%2C%20PA%20%2D%20Today%2C%20members,a%20wide%20variety%20of%20grants.