Community Security Program

 


Safeguarding our Jewish community has been a longstanding Federation priority.

Our Federation was among the first communities to create and fund a dedicated Director of Jewish Community Security, housed for over 16 years at the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC). In accord with the JCRC, the Federation assumed full responsibility for management and oversight of this program as of July 1, 2017, in direct alignment with our goals to address pressing issues facing our community, to build the capacity of partner organizations, and to develop strategies for collective impact. The need for an effective centralized community security resource is more pronounced now than ever, and we continue to work collaboratively to enhance the safety and security of our most precious assets.

Keeping us connected, resilient, and prepared.

The Federation's Community Security Program builds on two decades of supporting and leading Jewish community security efforts in the Bay Area—the 4th largest Jewish population in the U.S. with over 179 organizations and 473,000 Jewish households  The program's is securing and preparing our community organizations, especially during this time of rising hate, political division, and uncertainty in which we live.

Funding from the Annual Campaign enables us to connect community members with resources and expertise to improve security and preparedness, advise on potential threats and suggested remedies, and build strong relationships within the local Jewish and interfaith communities through a holistic approach. 

The Community Security Program fosters psychological and emotional security alongside traditional physical security by providing an array of services and support:

  • Security Consultation
  • Site Assessments
  • Grant Application Guidance
  • Training
    • Synagogue Greeters
    • Situational Awareness
    • Countering Active Threat
    • Stop the Bleed (First-aid training)
  • Incident Response
  • Liaising with Law Enforcement
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Interfaith Engagement
  • Information Sharing
    • Chai Security Newsletter 
    • Everbridge Mass Notification System


The program focuses on four areas:

  1. A strategic approach to community security, with the key objective to build confidence in our community’s ability to ensure the safety of its organizations, members, and employees.
  2. Customized support and consultation to Jewish institutions including synagogues, Jewish day schools, Jewish Community Centers and campuses, residential and day camps, and other organizations.
  3. A system of community-wide collaboration, coordination, and communication, including regular security updates and resource sharing, as well as community-wide protocols for communication in an emergency.
  4. A security training program including centralized, regionally-based, and organization-specific trainings.

To date, the Federation has provided security consultation to over 75 synagogues and organizations around the Bay Area since the attack on Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue and conducted formal vulnerability assessments for more than 40 organizations. Additionally, through a series of workshops and training opportunities, we have aided hundreds of synagogue executives, clergy, and security committee members in creating a culture of security and preparedness and adopting best practices at their respective organizations. 

The Program also reviews threats, suspicious activity, and anti-semitic incidents reported by Jewish organizations and synagogues, analyzes the circumstances, and liaises with law enforcement to determine who is behind them and whether they represent harassment or a more serious threat. These efforts have allowed organizations to increase security when warranted, refrain from overreacting to non-credible threats, and temper anxiety among community members. 

Recent news updates 

Local synagogues ramp up security training after Colleyville
Federation Helps 16 Bay Area Jewish Organizations Receive a Total of $2.5 Million in State Security Grants
Federation and JCRC Joint Statement on Colleyville and our Communal Efforts
Joint Statement by JCRC and The Federation Denouncing Surge in Antisemitism
Standing in Solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community
Keeping a Watchful Eye: Tips for managing access at our local events and organizations


 

For more information, please contact:
Rafael Brinner
Director of Community Security
415.369.2893