Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ9) went to Haledon to visit Camp Veritans, a generations-old summer camp, tour the grounds, and meet with campers and administrators. He announced that his office helped secure a $150,000 federal grant to the camp to help enhance its security in the face of growing domestic extremism and antisemitism. The award is part of more than $30 million New Jersey received from the federal Department of Homeland Security’s nonprofit security grant program this year for houses of worship and other nonprofit facilities. The Ninth District received about $1.2 million for synagogues, yeshivas, churches, mosques, and temples. One of those grant recipients is the Veritans Club, which runs the day camp.
“In urban states like ours, escapes are especially important,” Mr. Pascrell said. Standing in a stunning place like Camp Veritans, it is hard to think about negative things, but the rise of domestic extremism is alive – and antisemitism is a big part of it”
“This threat can touch any of us anywhere, even at a summer camp. Over the last two decades I have repeatedly raised alarms of the rise of antisemitism and won federal support to stop it. There is nothing more vital than keeping our communities, campers, counselors, and administrators safe. If a child or a parent cannot feel safe in summer camp, then they can feel safe nowhere. Through this support, we do more to keep our kids safe and let them enjoy the beautiful summer.”
The $150,000 in federal support for Veritans will be used to replace windows, install improved lighting, and erect new safety barriers.