Federations’ security arm stresses awareness on holy days

| September 6, 2013

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Security awareness should be a primary consideration for synagogues during the High Holidays, the security arm of the national Jewish community said.

“Synagogue staff, security volunteers and greeters should be on the lookout for suspicious persons and/or activity around their facilities, particularly during services and other gatherings,” the Secure Community Network, an arm of the Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said in a statement posted Wednesday on its website, hours before the start of Rosh Hashanah. “Suspicious activity, persons and vehicles should be immediately reported to local law enforcement and/or security personnel.”

The statement also called for “advance planning with local law enforcement, trained ushers and greeters, and situational awareness.”

Separately, the SCN’s director, Paul Goldenberg, said in a proposed Op-Ed that cyber crime posed the next great threat to Jewish institutions.

Read more: http://www.jta.org/2013/09/04/news-opinion/united-states/federations-security-arm-calls-for-awareness-on-holy-days#ixzz2eA7NlT3d

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