Zoya Mirza covers national security and politics for the Medill News Service. Her work has appeared in USA Today, UPI, Spokane Spokesman-Review, and Sojourners, among others. Her past experiences also include editorial work in book publishing and conducting political analysis for NGOs and think tanks.

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Rabbis Tell Congress Faith Communities Need Security Training

by Zoya Mirza 02-09-2022

Screenshot from Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker’s testimony before the House Committee on Homeland Security. Cytron-Walker — who led the Texas synagogue hostages to safety last month — told Congress there is a need for increased funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program.

The rabbi who led hostages to safety during an attack on his Texas synagogue last month said federally funded security training “gave [him] the courage to act.” Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker urged Congress to increase federal funding for a program that would help other religious leaders prepare for such assaults.