Community Security: Making Smart Choices in Bad Situations

May 15, 2022 to May 19, 2022
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Locations throughout the Bay Area


In-person trainings for the entire Jewish community

During this time of rising hate and political division, cultivating an environment where all members and community partners feel safe coming together and participating in communal life is essential. The Federation’s Community Security Program, supported by donations to our Annual Campaign, is the leader in helping to keep our Bay Area Jewish community safe.

Intended for all community members and organizations, these trainings are about making good decisions under stress. It will cover handling interactions with unknown persons (applicable to greeters, receptionists, or navigating situations with strangers outside these contexts) and countering active threats (run-hide-fight).  

One of the speakers, Stuart Frisch, from the Secure Community Network, provided the training to Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, that Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker credited with enabling him and his congregants to escape from a hostage situation. Learn how to be prepared by adopting best practices when responding to threats.

Please save the date on your calendar to attend one of these events. All training courses provide identical content.

Locations and Dates

Register for Mid-Peninsula (Peninsula Sinai Foster City)
Sunday, May 15
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Register for San Francisco (Beth Sholom SF)
Sunday, May 15
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Register for North Bay (Ner Shalom Cotati)
Monday, May 16
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Register for Diablo Valley (Beth Chaim Danville)
Tuesday, May 17
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Register for South Peninsula (Oshman Family JCC Palo Alto)
Wednesday, May 18
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Register for East Bay (Beth El Berkeley)
Thursday, May 19
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

► These events are part of the Federation's Community Security Program, made possible through donors to the Annual Campaign. Please consider making your gift today.


Interests: Classes
Organized By: 
The Jewish Community Federaton and Endowment Fund
Secure Community Network (SCN)
Event Contact Person: 
Rafael Brinner
Rafael Brinner, Director of Community Security
With twenty years of intelligence experience, Rafael Brinner has worked with state and local law enforcement, fusion centers, first responders, and corporate security partners. He began his career in the late 1990s assessing terrorist threats in the Levant, Turkey, and Greece. After 9/11, his work focused increasingly on homeland security and detecting threats from foreign-based and domestic terrorists. For the past eight years, he has overseen strategic and tactical threat analysis at the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center and promulgated best practices throughout the national network of fusion centers.

Rafael graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and earned a master's degree in History from Northwestern University, and a master's degree in International Policy Studies from Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
Stuart Frisch, National Training and Exercise Advisor for the Secure Community Network (SCN)
Based in Memphis, TN. In this role, Mr. Frisch serves at the national level as a member of the SCN team to support the training and exercise needs as well as priorities of the Jewish community in North America, specifically as they relate to safety, security, and emergency preparedness

In his current role his responsibilities include serving as the point person for all issues of security training; making regular, frequent visits to Jewish communities to assess security needs and make recommendations; providing security training and education; maintaining effective partnerships with local, state, and federal law enforcement and emergency management agencies; implementing an emergency communications system; monitoring intelligence related to terrorism and public safety, and; coordinating security for major events in the communities nationwide.

Mr. Frisch has an extensive background as a security professional, with more than 20 years of experience planning, developing, and implementing diversified security programs across the military, corporate, and government sectors. He is a certified trainer through both the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Prior to joining SCN, Mr. Frisch served as Coordinator of Security Operations for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where he was responsible for creating security policy for a workforce of more than 5000 across 17 countries.

Mr. Frisch served with the Memphis Police Department, Office of Homeland Security for more than a decade, and previously served in a Special Operations capacity with the Israel Defense Forces.