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Newly Formed Jewish Security Alliance of NY/NJ to Coordinate Communal Security

ADL, CSI and CSS join with Jewish Federations in New York and New Jersey to safeguard synagogues, schools, community centers and other Jewish institutions.

(Courtesy of Jewish Security Alliance) In the aftermath of a series of violent antisemitic plots threatening synagogues in New York and New Jersey, eight leading organizations serving the Jewish community in these states have joined forces to create a clearinghouse for information sharing, training and resources—the Jewish Security Alliance of NY/NJ.

The new alliance formalizes existing relationships, establishes a streamlined process for information sharing on credible threats, and establishes mechanisms that will help bolster the safety of the entire community. This partnership couldn’t come at a more important moment for the Jewish community in these two states, with antisemitic incidents in the U.S. again reaching historic levels in 2022, and with New York and New Jersey coming in first and third, respectively, among states having the highest number of reported antisemitic incidents.

The newly formed alliance consists of five Jewish Federations; the ADL; the Community Security Initiative (CSI) of New York, a joint program of UJA-Federation of New York and JCRC-NY; and the Community Security Service’s Northeastern Division (CSS). The five Federations are the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, Jewish Federation of Northern NJ, Jewish Federation in the Heart of NJ, Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties, the Jewish Federation and Foundation of Rockland County, and the Jewish Federation of Southern NJ.

The Jewish Security Alliance of NY/NJ has four key objectives:

Serve as a central point of contact for federal and local agencies on issues and incidents affecting the safety and security of the Jewish community in greater New York City and New Jersey;

Serve as a reliable and inclusive source of information on threats or other security issues affecting the Jewish community in New York and New Jersey;

Receive incident reports from Jewish institutions and community members and share these reports among the members of the alliance and with relevant law enforcement authorities; and

Provide security recommendations and training for Jewish institutions and its members to better safeguard the community in this region.

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