Community Security Initiative

The Community Security Initiative

The greater New York City Jewish community is home to approximately 1.6 million Jews and 2,400 Jewish institutions, including synagogues, schools, camps, and other Jewish facilities. In December 2019, UJA and JCRC-NY announced the creation of the “Community Security Initiative (CSI)”, a comprehensive program to protect and enhance the security for the Jewish communities and institutions of New York City, Long Island and Westchester (recently expanded to Rockland County).

The Community Security team’s mission is to enhance security in greater NYC by:

  • Tracking threats to the community in the deep/dark web, via threat intelligence analysts
  • Responding to Antisemitic incidents in our region
  • Enhancing the physical security of every institution in the 9 county-region
  • Providing synagogue, school and JCC staff and leadership active threat training
  • Assisting with physical security assessments and federal and state grant applications
  • Fostering community connectivity with law enforcement
  • Supplying a real-time communications system that links the Jewish institutions in our region as part of an emergency communications system.

Join the CSI Emergency Communications Contact List

The Community Security Initiative, a joint program of UJA-Federation and JCRC-NY, distributes security alerts, timely security and cybersecurity information and security grant announcements. We do not share our lists.

Upgrade Your Institution’s Security

Meet with your regional security director. Contact the CSI Team:

Mitchell Silber – Executive Director CSI,
212-983-4800, ext. 127

Regional Directors

Queens – Seth Goodstein,
212-983-4800, ext. 103

Long Island – Liron Filiby,
516-433-0433, ext. 104

Brooklyn – Adam Berish,
212-983-4800, ext. 105

Manhattan/Staten Island – Terry Byrne,
212-983-4800, ext. 129

Westchester/Bronx – Bill Hayes,
212-983-4800, ext. 106

Rockland – Ethan Erlich,
212-983-4800, ext. 107

Upstate Summer Camps – Patrick Regan,
212-983-4800, ext. 109

Or click the button below to make a request for a physical security assessment:

CSI provides both Active Threat Training as well as other types.