Introducing ADL’s National Communal Security Committee

  • by:
    • Bonnie Michelman
  • October 15, 2014

ADL’s National Communal Security Committee, which consists of volunteers from around the country with considerable expertise in security operations, consulting, technology, risk assessment, and vulnerabilities, provides guidance to ADL professionals on security issues affecting the Jewish community.  In the coming weeks and months, this site will feature short articles, commentary, and helpful guidance from members of the Committee on a wide range of issues, including training, education, target hardening, and other security best practices for Jewish institutions. 

The National Communal Security Committee’s members include:

  • the security director for a major urban hospital

  • a former senior official with U.S. Customs and Border Protection

  • an urban police commissioner

  • a suburban police chief

  • the security director of a prominent hotel

  • the head of security for a major sports franchise

  • a Special Agent with the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Secret Service

  • an expert on building security

  • senior officials from several private security firms

Recent examples of initiatives led by this group include:

  • The development of  an educational power-point presentation for use by ADL regional offices engaged in providing security training for Jewish organizations and institutions

  • The creation of a list of exemplary best practices for security

  • Designing training programs for synagogues/schools in specific geographic areas

The Committee recognizes that working collaboratively and in synergistic ways helps build safety and security for our community.  We are pleased to make our expertise available to ADL regional offices, and those interested should direct specific inquiries to the ADL office that covers their region.