Safety & Security

Everyone will sit under their vine and fig tree and none will be afraid   Micah 4:4

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Precautions for Synagogues

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Synagogue Security:

What should our concerns be in this moment?


Thursday, January 14, 2021 from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm.

(This program was not recorded.)

Synagogue Council of Massachusetts hosted an important program led by security professionals, Jeremy Yamin, Associate Vice President, Director of Security and Operations and Dan Levenson, Deputy Director for Communal Security, at CJP. We joined together on Zoom for an interactive discussion of current security issues and concerns, available security funds, preparing for an uncertain future and opportunities presented by this moment. We thank Jeremy and Dan for giving of their time and expertise and we thank all of our participants for joining us!

Communal Security Initiative

CJP is pleased to sponsor free security seminars and trainings on the topics below.

  • Active Assailant Response Training

  • Contemporary Issues in Securing Your House of Worship

  • Introduction to Security Concepts, plus Greeter/Usher/Receptionist Training

  • Are You Prepared? Training Series with Brookline Police Department

  • Cyber Concerns in the Time of Covid-19

Cybersecurity and You — Be the First Line of Defense
Virtual event
Two date options:
Friday, January 29 | 1:00–2:00 p.m. ET
Thursday, February 11 | 4:00–5:00 p.m. ET

The CJP Communal Security Initiative (CSI) wants to empower you to better protect your organization against cyber threats.

This cyber-awareness webinar will cover top cyber threats such as phishing, desktop security, and data protection, as well as a review of proven practices. During this session, CSI will introduce an online cybersecurity awareness training program to provide you with the skills to thwart cyberattacks and better protect your organization’s data. CSI will fund this self-paced cyber training program for you and your staff. This webinar is designed for all staff and lay leaders of your organization.


Nancy Viner, Cybersecurity Executive
Ted Penfield, Associate Vice President, Information Technology, CJP
Jeremy Yamin, Associate Vice President, Director of Security and Operations, CJP

About the CJP Communal Security Initiative
With threats and antisemitic attacks against Jewish communities and institutions on the rise, CJP’s role in providing professional security advice and support has never been more important. We offer training, assessments, and consultations free of charge to Jewish institutions in the cities and towns that CJP serves. MORE

About JEMS
Since 2006, CJP has managed the Jewish Emergency Management System (JEMS), a partnership with the Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Community Relations Council, and the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts. As part of the CJP Communal Security Initiative, we offer JEMS security alerts for professionals and lay leaders. MORE

If you have questions or need additional information, please email the Communal Security Initiative team

Opening Our Synagogues (Virtual Workshop)


Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10am

Online (Zoom)


With our curve flattening, and Governor Baker's May 18th announcement of potential for openings statewide, we are all looking toward the coming weeks, the summer, fall, and High Holidays, and asking the questions "What's next? ", "What is our path forward?" and "Can we open and if so, what strategies will enable us to best serve our communities and maintain physical, emotional and spiritual health?"  Synagogue Council of MA invites you to a virtual workshop, Opening Our Synagogues,  designed to address these crucial issues.   The forum will be held on Tuesday, May 26, at 10am, and will be facilitated by four public health professionals, all of whom are also active in the Jewish community and in synagogue life -- Ethan Mascoop, MPH, RS,  Adjunct Clinical Instructor of Environmental Health, BU School of Public Health; Bruce Weinstock, MD, MPH, Chief of Pediatrics, Norwood Hospital; Wendy Heiger-Bernays, PhD, Clinical Professor of Environmental Health, BU School of Public Health; and Jonathan Slutzman, MD, Instructor in Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Security Seminars

Wednesday, November 28, 2018: Temple Israel of Natick

Thursday, November 29, 2018: Temple Emanu-El

Friday, December 7, 2018: CJP Kraft Conference Center


The seminars will be led primarily by Jeremy Yamin, CJP's Assoc. VP of Security and Operations. Representatives from the ADL and law enforcement will participate as well. Topics will include security overview, basic principles, threat assessment, active shooter, equipment, technology, and available resources. We will also consider how the pragmatics of safety and security fit within a congregation's culture. There will be time for informal interactions following the presentation. Food and drinks will be provided.

Security and Anti-Semitism

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


Responding to the bomb threats at our JCCs and Jewish schools, and to the burst of anti-Semitic incidents nationally, the US Attorney's office convened a roundtable for Jewish communal leaders on Wednesday, March 15.

David Bernat, SCM's Executive Director, attended, representing the Synagogue community statewide.

The meeting was led by Acting US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts William D. Weinreb. With Mr. Weinreb were members of his prosecutorial team, heads of the Boston FBI office, and a representative from the Department of Homeland Security. Attendees also benefited from the expertise of Jeremy Yamin, CJP's Director of Security, and Ken Berkowitz, Canton's Chief of Police (and member of Temple Sinai, Sharon).

We were grateful for the meeting, and for the fact that our concerns were receiving attention at the highest levels.  Law enforcement efforts just resulted in the arrest of a perpetrator, as covered in the media.  Attorney General Sessions released the following statement:

"Today's arrest in Israel is the culmination of a large-scale investigation spanning multiple continents for hate crimes against Jewish communities across our country.  The Department of Justice is committed to protecting the civil rights of all Americans, and we will not tolerate the targeting of any community in this country on the basis of their religious beliefs.  I commend the FBI and Israeli National Police for their outstanding work on this case."


Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 7-9pm

Jewish Community Center of Greater Boston

333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA 02459


Co-sponsored by Synagogue Council of MA and CJP. Led by professionals from The Community Security Service (CSS), the program will focus on

  • Understanding and assessing threats

  • Community based security models and solutions

  • What CSS can provide

The presentation will also include an actual case study of a threat to an American Jewish institution.


To learn more about CSS

Visit their website

Access their brochure

Read the Jewish Week article

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