New York, NY, August 29, 2012 … In advance of the Jewish High Holidays, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is reaching out to synagogues and Jewish communal institutions across the country to provide information on security preparedness and to remind them to have procedures in place that make security a priority.
"As we do every year, we are urging Jewish institutions to take stock of their security in advance of the holidays to make sure they have the proper procedures in place to help ensure the safety of congregants during the High Holy Days and every day," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "Simple steps such as developing a relationship with local law enforcement can go a long way toward ensuring that security risks are mitigated. Jewish institutions should always 'think security' 365 days a year, and the High Holidays are a good time to reinforce this and to remind people of how important it is to make security a priority."
Working through its network of 30 regional offices across the country, ADL has shared its security manual, "Protecting Your Jewish Institution: Security Strategies for Today's Dangerous World," with hundreds of synagogues and communal institutions nationwide. The manual is regularly updated to provide new information and best practices for ensuring the security of religious and communal institutions.
Over the next two weeks, ADL will be conducting local security trainings across the country, as well as two High Holiday security webinars for the National Association for Temple Administration (NATA), the national professional organization for executives, administrators and managers of more than 400 Reform Movement synagogues.
In addition to ensuring that Jewish institutions are provided with the latest security and threat assessment information, ADL's regional offices also work with local law enforcement partners to ensure they have the information needed to help protect the Jewish community during the High Holy Days and throughout the year.
A longtime leader in security awareness, ADL has a full array of online resources available. The League's online guides include security tips and strategies for holiday services, including sections devoted to risk assessment, access control, identifying suspicious activity, and much more.