WASHINGTON D.C. - Ten Jewish and Catholic Monmouth and Middlesex County houses of worship, schools and community centers, including Asbury Park, Marlboro, Deal and Aberdeen, can improve security on their grounds through a combined $3,800,000 federal grant.

The awards, announced Friday by shore Representative Frank Pallone (D-6), stem from the FEMA-administered

Congressman Frank Pallone (Townsquare Media)

, which enables organizations nationwide considered at high risk of terrorist attacks to upgrade physical protections.

Accodring to Pallone, New Jersey groups received nearly $4,300,000 from the program in 2016, the final year of the Obama administration, and hate crimes have not abated.

  • "The Trump administration must maintain this critical program and do much more to denounce hate and protect communities against violent bigots," the Democrat said in a prepared comment.
    Recipients are:
    · Chabad House Lubavitch Inc.- New Brunswick
    · Hillel Yeshiva - Asbury Park
    · Marlboro Jewish Center - Marlboro
    · Metuchen Jewish Community Center - Metuchen
    · Congregation Neve Shalom - Metuchen
    · Ocean Avenue Synagogue AKA Ohel Yaacob Congregation - Deal
    · The Diocese of Metuchen - Metuchen
    · Temple Beth Ahm - Aberdeen
    · Temple Emanu-El - Edison
    · Yeshiva Shaarei Tzion - Piscataway

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