Why should we think security?
It is a simple and unfortunate fact: Jewish institutions have a special need for security. The Anti-Defamation League recorded over 15,000 anti-Semitic incidents in the last decade alone. Everything from verbal threats to destruction of property to physical assaults all are part of the risk. And certainly, the recent terrorist attacks and anti-Semitism have heightened our concern.
Jewish institutions worldwide have recognized the vulnerability and the need. So must we. We must think security.
Enhanced security does not have to come at the expense of an open and welcoming environment. And it doesn't have to come at the expense of a balanced budget.
Creating a secure environment is a three-step process: Assessment. Planning. Implementation. It is a process that involves every member of the community. All of us, from leaders to congregants, must learn to think security.
ADL's commitment to Jewish institutional security awareness is part of our mission. We have materials that can be used by the largest community center or the smallest shul. We have professionals who can provide guidance on security concerns. ADL provides this as a community service.
For additional materials and for our comprehensive Security Awareness Manual, contact your local ADL Regional Office.
ADL's commitment to Jewish institutional security awareness is part of our mission.