Security Framework Document


Security Framework document (116 pp.) brought to my attention from the NYC Jewish Community Relations Council, but seemingly of interest to many.

Update: As of 4:30pm today there is news of an attempted attack on a synagogue in Colorado.  Improving security is an urgent matter!

This is a good time to review your facility’s security protocols to ensure that they reflect the current need for heightened vigilance. We suggest that you download JCCA’s Security Readiness:A Framework for Security at Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), YM and YWHAs, and Camps. The publication is a valuable tool for all kinds of organizations and the chapter on a “Security Escalation Plan” on pp. 42ff. features six indicators that should cause you to consider escalating security and the included checklist is a helpful template to build an effective response.

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Holiday Season Concern

From HSToday: Potential ISIS Retaliation, Holiday Season Put Houses of Worship on Guard

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Overcoming Extremism

New report on this topic: Overcoming Extremism in the Private and Public Sectors
The Anti-Defamation League has released the final report from the Communities Overcoming Extremism (COE) Public and Private Sector Summits. The After Charlottesville Project Final Report is a compilation of outcomes from the two conferences dealing with domestic terrorism and far-right extremism following the Charlottesville attack in 2017.


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Recent DHS Publication

See:  Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence.

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Increase in Attack Plots on Synagogues

Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre Reportedly Led To String Of Attack Plots. The Anti-Defamation League said its nationwide count of anti-Semitic incidents remains near record levels.



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The New Terrorism Reality

From HStoday: Halle Shooting: The New Terrorism Reality,

The Yom Kippur shooting in Halle, like Christchurch, represents the confluence of three significant trends in terrorism: a rising far right, the targeting of places of worship, and the use of social media and livestreams.

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Healthy Houses of Worship

Guidance from the EPA: Supporting Healthy Houses of Worship

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The Important Role of Ushers

Since it is the week of the Jewish New Year, it is worth reviewing this document here on this website: Tina Lewis Rowe (2018).  Worship Without Worry, including a section on The Role of Ushers and Greeters (182 pages).

The author is a former police officer and was gracious enough to share her materials with me a couple of years ago.

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DHS Announces 2019 Preparedness Grants

DHS ANNOUNCES GRANT ALLOCATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019 PREPAREDNESS GRANTS. Learn more about the DHS’s preparedness grant programs at and

As part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) ongoing efforts to support state, local, tribal and territorial partners, Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan today announced final allocations of $350 million for six Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 DHS competitive preparedness grant programs. These allocations together with the more than $1.3 billion in non-competitive grant funding announced by DHS in April, total more than $1.7 billion in FY 2019 granted to assist states, local areas, tribal and territorial governments, nonprofit agencies, and the private sector with their preparedness efforts.


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Non-Profit Helps With Security Matters

From BizTech magazine, How Non-profit is Boosting Security for Houses of Worship. Note that this author is a fan of the newsletter provided by this organization.

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