Federal Gov’t Sets Aside $400 Million To Improve Security Against Hate Crimes, Anti-Semitism

US Sen. Richard Blumenthal (left), was joined Monday by Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford President and CEO David Waren (right) and other officials and advocates in announcing a new $400 million federal grant for increasing security for religious buildings like synagogues in Connecticut. Credit: Screengrab from Blumenthal's office, courtesy of CTNewsJunkie

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, at a press conference at the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford in West Hartford on Monday, said, ‘All over Connecticut, synagogues have better protection, and they will have even better protection as a result of this supplemental money.’

By Hudson Kamphausen, CTNewsJunkie.com 

Following a steep rise in hate crimes in the past year, many of which were directed at Jewish individuals and institutions, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal announced a $400 million increase in security funding Monday from the federal government.

According to a report from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), antisemitic incidents rose 170% in Connecticut in 2023. Of those, 26% took place in schools and colleges.

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