Safety & Security

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

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

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