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.
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.
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.
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.