Jewish Communities Partner With FBI To Improve Security
Senior Homeland Security and FBI agents have briefed Jewish security and community officials at a Washington summit aimed at better preparing for a wide-range of threats and challenges, according to a report by the Times Of Israel
The summit was organized by Secure Community Network, the security arm of the Jewish Federations of North America. It drew over 40 security directors from around the country as well as other Jewish officials. (Jewish Federations of North America is the Birmingham Jewish Federation’s national organization.)
A focus of the summit was the intensified relationship between Jewish communities and the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security in recent months, particularly in the wake of a series of bomb threats that terrorized the Jewish community the first months of this year. Both agencies deployed professionals “directly to communities in over 40 states,” SCN’s director, Paul Goldenberg, said in an interview.
Top officials from the FBI and from Homeland Security briefed the conference, as did an official from the Belgian federal police. There were presentations on best practices for dealing with a bomb threat and trends in domestic terrorism.
White nationalists, Goldenberg said, were “starting to mimic techniques used by jihadists, leveraging social media” to pick out targets. For this reason, Jewish communities all over the US are focusing on enhancing security provisions.
In Birmingham, our Campaign for Jewish Community Security has raised funds to provide security enhancements for all the Jewish institutions in the community. Still, there are needs that have not yet been met.
If you have not done so already, please consider making a contribution to the Campaign for Jewish Community Security. One hundred percent of the funds raised through this campaign are going to help make security enhancements to Jewish institutions in Birmingham. Click the link below to donate or call 205-879-0416. In addition, you can send a check to the Birmingham Jewish Federation made out to the BJF and earmarked for security. Send it to Security, c/o the Birmingham Jewish Federation, PO Box 130219, Birmingham, AL, 35213