Security Resources

We want all members of our community to enter synagogues, community centers, day schools, and other Jewish institutions feeling welcome and secure. That’s why UJA has raised more than $4 million for a new Jewish Community Security Initiative, which will significantly enhance the physical security of the approximately 2,000 Jewish institutions in the New York area.

Community Security Director

In partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC-NY), we hired Mitchell D. Silber, former NYPD director of intelligence analysis, for the newly created position of community security director. Reporting to Mitchell will be a team of five locally based security directors to address the needs of organizations in Brooklyn, Manhattan/Staten Island, Queens/Bronx, Long Island, and Westchester.

Regional directors will be the immediate points of contact for all inquiries and support. They will consult on upgrades, provide help accessing government funds, coordinate and facilitate trainings, liaise with law enforcement, and more. We expect these positions to be filled in the coming weeks, and regional directors will begin serving their catchments immediately. We’re also creating a new position to support the specific security needs at New York’s Jewish day camps and residential camps.

In the meantime, for security support for your organization, please contact


Security Webinar

Find out if your nonprofit is eligible for government funds — and how to access these funds. Watch this recording of a recent security grant webinar hosted by UJA-Federation and JCRC-NY.

Government Funding

As a direct result of UJA’s advocacy, New York State has made $45 million available to secure nonprofits against hate crimes. APPLY NOW: The deadline for applications has been extended to March 16, 2020.

For more on government funding and eligibility, visit our partner JCRC-NY.

Interest-Free Loans

With our partner Hebrew Free Loan Society, we’re making interest-free bridge loans available to Jewish institutions that have been awarded government security grants but need help to pay for security enhancements upfront. Read this brief overview. Questions? Contact Daren Scott

Community Security Service

UJA supports CSS, which offers professional-level security training for staff and volunteers of Jewish organizations, security team deployment for large events, and a network of volunteers who receive ongoing training and information sharing. Questions? Contact CSS.

Additional Helpful Resources

For up-to-date tips about best practices, announcements about upcoming trainings, and more, please visit JCRC-NY.