Safety & Security

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

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Communal Security Initiative

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

Are You Prepared? Training Series with Brookline Police Department

  • Wednesday, April 1 | First Aid/AED/CPR and Stop the Bleed

All sessions will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Congregation Kehillath Israel, 384 Harvard Street, Brookline.

REGISTER FOR THE SERIES

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

  • Tuesday, May 5 | 6:00–8:00 p.m.
    Temple Tifereth Israel, 93 Veterans Road, Winthrop

  • Thursday,  June 11 | 6:00–8:00 p.m.
    JCC of the North Shore, 4 Community Road, Marblehead

  • Thursday, June 25 | 6:00–8:00 p.m.
    Temple Beth Shalom, 670 Highland Avenue, Needham

REGISTER FOR ONE OF THESE SESSIONS

Active Assailant Response Training

  • Tuesday, March 31 | 6:00–9:00 p.m.
    Temple Hillel B’nai Torah, 120 Corey Street, West Roxbury

REGISTER

Cyber Concerns in the Time of Covid-19

  • Friday, April 3 | 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m

      Free online webinar

REGISTER

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

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."

SECURITY SEMINAR

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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