Secure Community Network, federations step up fight against anti-Semitic violence | JNS


The number of Jewish communities in North America with security programs grew by 42% following the creation of the LiveSecure initiative last year.

A $130 million program, LiveSecure aims to help protect every Jewish community in the United States and Canada through a grant from the Jewish Federations of North America, with matching funds from the local federation.

Each participating organization works with SCN, the Secure Community Network, which was created by leading Jewish community groups in the aftermath of 9/11 to ensure they have a security initiative that meets their local needs based on the best practice.

Julie Platt, JFNA Board Chair, said that four years ago, at the time of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, “only a handful of communities had professional community safety initiatives, but since the launch of the LiveSecure initiative, things have changed. improved. It’s amazing to see LiveSecure in action, making our communities safer every day, even as anti-Semitism and hate are on the rise.

Since the launch of LiveSecure last year, the number of Jewish communities with security programs has grown from 45 to 64. Areas that have benefited from LiveSecure include: San Diego, Houston, Birmingham, Ala., Rockland County, NY and Jacksonville, Fla.

In addition to LiveSecure, JFNA advocated for increased funding for the federal nonprofit Security Grants Program, which helps bolster the physical security of communal institutions such as synagogues and day schools.

The success of the LiveSecure initiative was touted Sunday during the opening plenary session of the annual conference of the General Assembly of Jewish Federations of North America. Some 1,200 Jewish community leaders are attending this year’s event, which is being held in Chicago.

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