Community Security

 

Jewish Federation is committed to keeping our community safe. Here is a summary of the work we have done and continue to do in this important area.

 

We have Long Taken a Proactive, Preventative Approach

In 2007 we launched the Security Grant Initiative that combined a security grant program with training and awareness-raising. Between 2008 and 2014, over $400,000 was allocated to 29 different organizations within the Jewish community. Most of the funds were allocated to physical security arrangements, like locking systems and security cameras.

 

We Have Taken Additional Measures

As a result of the bomb threat at the JCC on March 7, 2017, we worked in partnership with the JCC to inform community members, and immediately took these additional steps:

  • We asked VPD to step up their patrols of Jewish community institutions.
  • We notified all Jewish community organizations and advised them to ensure they have updated protocols in place.


The JCC received a second bomb threat on March 12, 2017. Click here to read the joint statement from Jewish Federation and the JCC.
 

Our Security Advisory Committee is staying on top of the situation and will update Jewish community organizations as needed.

 

We Plan for Long Term Needs

In 2015 we established our Committee Security Advisory Committee. Their work is focused on assessing the risks facing community institutions, and proposing strategies for a comprehensive approach to security and safety that will serve our community for the long term, including:

  • Creating a culture of security throughout our community.
  • Implementing best practices and protocols for security.
  • Acting as a central point of contact for community-wide security-related issues.
  • Providing training and advice to our community agencies.
  • Developing a community-wide emergency preparedness plan.

 

We Generate Funds for Security

Enhanced security measures require funding. When a community organization or event has security needs, they usually rely on Jewish Federation to provide at least some of the funding, if not all of it. This is in addition to the funds we generate to support needs like social services, Jewish education, seniors’ programs, and more. We identified community security as a key area of work in our 2020 Strategic Priorities and made it a focus of the 2016 Federation Annual Campaign. It is through the campaign that we generate the funds needed to support community security initiatives. 

 

We Remain Vigilant – and Hopeful

Threats, such as the one the JCC experienced on March 7, 2017, are a good reminder to all of us to stay vigilant. They are also an opportunity to strengthen our resolve. Though some may try to spread fear through threats to our community, they will fail. Threats like the one received by the JCC have only renewed our commitment to enriching Jewish lives, building Jewish community, and spreading values of love and tolerance.