Community security continues to be a high priority. It is an area in which we have long taken a proactive approach and in which we have invested significantly over many years. In an effort to expand our scope and increase training opportunities for community organizations, Jewish Federation has entered into a new partnership with the Secure Community Network (SCN), made possible through the generous support of the Ronald S. Roadburg Foundation.
SCN is the security and safety initiative of the organized Jewish community in the US. SCN is wholly dedicated to safeguarding 146 Jewish Federations and 50 partner organizations, and collaborating with partners across the public, private, not-for-profit, and academic sectors. We will be the first Canadian Federation to establish a formal relationship with SCN.
Daniel Heydenrich, our current director of security will retain his role and will now have access to additional resources. This partnership will elevate our security role and allows us to increase our support and enhance training opportunities for the Lower Mainland community, as well as expand our support to Jewish communities throughout BC.
In 2017, we welcomed our Director of Security for our community, Daniel Heydenrych-Davis, whose role is to work with local Jewish organizations, law enforcement agencies, and other strategic partners to focus on three key priority areas:
Daniel’s role is to support the Jewish community as a whole. Daniel is happy to work with any organization interested in training, audits, or in need of security advice or assistance. In an emergency situation, community agencies should first call 911 and then reach out to Daniel so that he can liaise with local law enforcement and provide guidance to the organization’s security leaders.
Please reach out to Daniel for training opportunities or any non-emergent security needs:
Email: Daniel Heydenrych-Davis
Call or Text: 604-362-5706
The sharp rise in hate crimes and antisemitic attacks and rhetoric throughout the world has made it clear that we need to maintain a high level of awareness and preparedness about our overall community safety. The increase in antisemitism has led us to reassess our needs and financial investment in security across our Jewish community. Our new partnership with SCN will enable us to provide new training opportunities and support to our community agencies. We are focused on a proactive approach that takes into account each organization’s diverse interests and mandates. Community security is everyone’s responsibility. We need you to help us make sure that our Jewish community is secure and safe.
With antisemitism on a dramatic rise, the imperative to secure our community is as important as ever.
Our Federation established the Community Security Advisory Committee in 2015 to assess the risks facing community institutions and propose strategies for a comprehensive approach to security and safety that will serve our community over the long term. The committee is composed of dedicated, knowledgeable volunteers who work to support our Federation and Director of Security on issues like institutional and event security, emergency planning, communication, and education.
Through our Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Information Protection (SCsIP), skilled volunteers recommend and communicate to Jewish community agencies information and guidance on cybersecurity matters, conduct voluntary audits, and recommend appropriate cybersecurity training.
Our committees’ important missions are made possible through the dedication of their volunteers, professionalism of Federation staff, and the generosity of our Federation’s donors, all of whom contribute to building a safer, more secure community.
Community Security Advisory Committee
Jason Murray (Chair)
Stan Shaw (Co-chair, SCsIP)
In 2015 we established our Committee Security Advisory Committee, chaired by Bernard Pinksy. 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:
In 2020, with many organization transitioning to remote or hybrid operations, we formed our Cybersecurity and Information Protection Subcommittee. The mandate of the Cybersecurity and Information Protection Subcommittee is to:
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.
The federal government also provides funding to private, not-for-profit organizations that are at risk of being victimized by hate- motivated crime, helping with the cost of security infrastructure improvements. With Daniel’s support, many of our community organizations have been successful in their applications for funding. We continue to encourage organizations to apply for SIP funds to enable them to maximize their security upgrades.