Community Highlights – Senator Simcha Felder Encourages School, Shuls, and Non-Profits to Apply for Security Grants


New York State Senator Simcha Felder is encouraging nonpublic schools, synagogues, community centers, and other organizations that could be a target of hate crimes to apply for a new $60 Million Grant Program to increase their facility’s safety and security.


New York State is now accepting applications of up to $200,000 for the Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Program (SCAHC). This program is aimed at improving safety and security at facilities that are at risk of hate crimes or attacks because of their ideology, beliefs, or mission. “Since the despicable Hamas attacks of October 7, there has been a shameful and dangerous rise in anti-Semitic hate speech and violence,” said Senator Felder. “This funding will help protect our children and families, and unfortunately it is more important than ever before.”

The New York Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) is administering the grants and will accept applications for up to $200,000 per organization. Applications must be submitted to DCJS by Friday, May 17, 2024. To apply for this funding, please visit

This funding can be used to support exterior or interior security improvements, including lighting, locks, alarms, fencing, barriers, shatter-resistant glass, and measures to strengthen cybersecurity.

For more information about the Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes grant program, contact the DCJS Office of Program Development and Funding at (518) 457-9787 or



SBH is Offering Free One-on-One Parenting Sessions

Are your children trying your patience? Does your child have anxiety about current events and Israel? Need help understanding what’s “normal” in kids? Do you want to sharpen your parenting techniques?


SBH’s Parent Engagement Center (PECC) offers one-one-one, confidential counseling to parents, providing them with skills and tools to help them with their parenting. Sessions are free-of-charge and are open to Brooklyn parents of children ages five and up!

To find out if you qualify, or for more information, contact Frany at or 718-787-1100 x 532.


MDY Solidarity Mission Trip to Israel
The connection and the prayers of the students of Magen David Yeshivah for Israel have proven to be as strong as ever as they gathered at the elementary school last month to hear from soldier Itamar Shapira, and members of our community who attended the MDY Solidarity Mission Trip to Israel in December.

Led in song by Hazan Mordechai Salem, the students and faculty members sang together, cried together, and listened to poetry and inspirational messages together. The students acknowledged the dedication and work of Rabbi Eli Mansour, Mrs. Gladys Haddad, Mr. Zvi Ben Haim, Mrs. Margalit Alnatan, and representing the fundraising efforts of the 8th graders, Zack Dweck and Shefie Kassin.