September 8, 2011 Letters to the Editor The Forward New York, NY Dear Editor, Thank you for highlighting

the efforts of the Jewish Federations of North America and the US Dept of Homeland Security to assist nonprofit institutions protect themselves in the post-9/11 reality of terrorists targeting non-profits and Jewish institutions. It is worth noting that every grant decision made by the government on this program is made by local and national law enforcement personnel, based solely on an analysis of the 'threatlevel' of each requesting institution, in compliance, according to DHS, with the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations. Politics and lobbying do not impact the decision-making of homeland security officials in any way. The public record on Jewish communal vulnerability is significant and disturbing, and we are pleased that we can be a leading part of an initiative that raises awareness, promotes vigilance, and hardens targets within the Jewish community.

William C. Daroff Vice President for Public Policy & Director of the Washington Office

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