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 invested in creating the Jewish Community Security Initiative, which is significantly enhancing the physical security of the approximately 2,400 Jewish institutions in the New York area.

Community Security Initiative (CSI)

The Community Security Initiative (CSI) is a project of UJA run in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC-NY).

Mitchell D. Silber, former NYPD director of intelligence analysis serves as community security director. A team of six locally based security directors are addressing the needs of organizations in Brooklyn, Manhattan/Staten Island, Long Island, the Bronx/Westchester, Queens, and Rockland County.  

Regional directors are the immediate points of contact for all inquiries and support. They are available to consult on upgrades, provide help accessing government funds, coordinate and facilitate trainings, liaise with law enforcement, and more.

Email us:
Brooklyn: Adam Berish 
Bronx and Westchester: Bill Hayes 
Long Island:Liron Afik-Filiby
Manhattan and Staten Island: Terry Byrne
Queens: Seth Goodstein
Rockland: Ethan Erlich

CSI has expanded and now has a full-time dedicated security expert to help enhance security at summer camps in New York State, specifically north of Westchester and Rockland counties. [Camps in Rockland, Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk and New York City will be covered by the existing CSI Regional Security Directors]. Contact: Pat Regan  

For cyber security assistance, contact Jeremy Paulson

Threat intelligence analysts are based at the ADL's Center on Extremism monitors streams of online antisemitism for New York-based threats.

To learn more and get the latest security news, visit CSI.

Your Guide to Direct Resources

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

For more security resources, visit CSI.