Healthy and Secure Synagogues

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


State Funded Non-Profit Security Grants 
A Community Conversation with
State Senator Eric Lesser and State Representative Ruth Balser

Thursday, May 19th, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Synagogue Presidents are invited to join the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston and the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts for an important and timely update on state level nonprofit security funding for FY23. This conversation will be an opportunity to hear more about the program and hear an update on the funding process through our lead sponsors in Legislature, Senator Eric Lesser and Representative Ruth Balser.
Nonprofit security grants (NPSG) have been an integral source of funding for faith based nonprofits in an increasingly challenging environment. This past fiscal year, $1.425 million dollars were available to assist with enhancing safety and security for its members and staff. Applicants were able to solicit up to $50,000 dollars through a competitive grant process. Through state legislative appropriation, nonprofits at high risk of terrorist or hate crimes could apply and were prioritized by greatest need and cost-effective solutions.
JCRC and the Synagogue Council have actively been engaged in conversations and advocacy to continue funding for the NPSG program. Highlighting the positive impact of the program and continuing to make visible the growing need across our community is critically important, especially as we are in the middle of state budget conversation. As the Senate prepares to debate the bill next week and prior to final reconciliation, now is the time to mobilize.

For questions or concerns about this briefing, please reach out to FayeRuth Fisher, JCRC Director of Government Affairs at [email protected] or Gretchen Marks Brandt, Interim Director, Synagogue Council of Massachusetts at [email protected]

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Post Pandemic Considerations for Forward Thinking Congregations
NOW WHAT? Considerations for Gathering Safely
Held Tuesday evening, June 22, 2021

During this webinar, presenters Dr. Bruce Weinstock and professional engineer Curt Freedman provided data-based guidance about considerations for gathering safely with our congregations and answered questions posed by participants in their registration forms and the program Q & A.

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Bruce's PowerPoint presentation

To Find Your Local Covid19 Case Rate:

  • Go to your local town DPH website


Pick CITY and TOWN along the left side.​


For indicator choose the “14 Day average daily incidence rate”

For the county unclick whatever is clicked and click your county

Click “Apply” at the bottom

See the rates for every town in your county.

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Curt's PowerPoint presentation
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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!



Held on Wednesday October 20th, 2021 at 1:00PM

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COVID-19 Indoor Air Quality Best Practices &

Utility Con$ervation Cost Reduction Action Steps for Houses of Worship


This program is offered on THURSDAY AFTERNOON, October 29 at 1:00pm EDT and repeated on MONDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 2 at 7:30pm EST.


Presented by Professor Curt M. Freedman, PE, CEM, CEA, LEED AP, Adjunct professor of Energy Management and Alternative Energy at Western New England University (Springfield, MA), a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), and a Registered Professional Engineer, will engage participants in the following:


·    An interactive discussion of best practices and Massachusetts standards for COVID building ventilation and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

·    A presentation of easily available Energy Conservation strategies and other cost reduction technologies

·    Suggestions for Mothballing buildings in whole or in part due to the pandemic in preparation for this winter


Participants are encouraged to submit in their registration any additional topics that they would like the speaker to address during the presentation.


A Zoom link will be emailed to all registrants during the week of this program.

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

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