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 2,000 Jewish institutions in the New York area.

Community Security Initiative (CSI)

In partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC-NY), we hired Mitchell D. Silber, former NYPD director of intelligence analysis, to serve as community security director. A team of five locally based security directors are addressing the needs of organizations in Brooklyn, Manhattan/Staten Island, Long Island, the Bronx/Westchester, and Queens.

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. We’re also creating a new position to support the specific security needs at New York’s Jewish day camps and residential camps.

Email us:

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

Your Guide to Direct Resources

Small Synagogue Security Fund 

UJA has created a $250,000 fund at JCRC-NY to provide security enhancement packages to at least 50 small synagogues — also known as shtiebels — in Brooklyn. The synagogues, in Midwood, Kensington, Williamsburg, Crown Heights, Borough Park, and Flatbush, have a capacity of fewer than 200 people and little or no staff. Learn more

Security Webinar

Find out if your nonprofit is eligible for government funds — and how to access these funds. 

  • Review slides, including live links, from a security grant webinar hosted by UJA-Federation and JCRC- NY.
  • Read this brief overview of government security grant eligibility.

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.