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Update 2: From the FBI and NYPD

While we understand that we remain in a heightened state of vigilance, currently there are no specific, credible threats to the New York area or the Jewish community at this time. See our guidance on security precautions and procedures to be implemented at your institutions below. FBI Statement October 19, 2023 During the Israel-Hamas conflict, … Continue reading Update 2: From the FBI and NYPD

Update 1: Community guidance re Day of Action, Friday, Oct 13

Last Updated: October 12, 2023 at 6PM EST In an effort to provide the most up-to-date security guidance, the JSA would like to reiterate that, as of this writing, there are still no known credible or specific threats to the Jewish communities in New York and New Jersey. The JSA continues to be in close … Continue reading Update 1: Community guidance re Day of Action, Friday, Oct 13

Community Guidance re Friday, Oct 13 Day of Action

October 13, 2023 On October 10, 2023, Hamas issued an official statement designating Friday, October 13, 2023, a day of action titled “the Friday of al-Aqsa Flood.” In their announcement, they called on the international community to voice solidarity with the Palestinian people and their cause by engaging in mass gatherings. They also called on … Continue reading Community Guidance re Friday, Oct 13 Day of Action

Read the June 2023 issue of the CSI Monthly newsletter

Leading NY Jewish security organizations form supergroup to coordinate activities

Consultant’s Corner

Welcome to Consultant's Corner.  We have archived our training videos to assist you with your grant process. Consultant's Corner 2022-2023 12-20-2022 EHP Preparation 12-6-2022 How To Apply For The NYS Hate Crimes Grant (SCAHC) https://youtu.be/pZd0H5H4NJM 11-22-2022 I Got A Government Security Grant - Now What? View all our 2022-2023 training videos here in sequence: Consultant's … Continue reading Consultant’s Corner

Read the November 2022 issue of the CSI Monthly newsletter

The purpose of this CSI monthly newsletter is to inform community institutional leadership, in a non-technical way, of the nature of the risks they face in cyberspace. Our goal is to keep you up to date on the latest threats and to guide you to best practices. As subject matter experts, we can decipher the … Continue reading Read the November 2022 issue of the CSI Monthly newsletter

Read the September 2022 issue of the CSI Monthly newsletter

The purpose of this CSI monthly newsletter is to inform community institutional leadership, in a non-technical way, of the nature of the risks they face in cyberspace. Our goal is to keep you up to date on the latest threats and to guide you to best practices. As subject matter experts, we can decipher the … Continue reading Read the September 2022 issue of the CSI Monthly newsletter

Nonprofit security grant updates

Application information for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) will be released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on or about May 13, 2022. NY DHSES will publish its Request for Applications shortly thereafter. Anticipate an New York application window of two weeks or less. Take steps immediately to address the issues below.  What can … Continue reading Nonprofit security grant updates

Active threat training

How should organizations prepare for a an active threat attack. Over 1,000 people registered for the CSI training on February 2, 2022 to learn what they can do if an attack occurs and how they should plan, prepare and train . Click the video below to watch a recording of the session.  Presentation slides. … Continue reading Active threat training

CSI Cyber: New ransomware resources

Today, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) releases an cybersecurity advisory, “DarkSide Ransomware: Best Practices for Preventing Business Disruption from Ransomware Attacks.” CISA and FBI are urging critical infrastructure asset owners and operators to adopt a heightened state of awareness and implement the recommendations listed in this advisory. … Continue reading CSI Cyber: New ransomware resources

2020-21 NYS DHSES Virtual Workshops for grantees and applicants

Please see the offerings from NYS DHSES below. Note that most of the sessions are for current grantees. There will be a session on the nonprofit programs on Thursday, February 11th@ 1PM. Click here to register. Here is more information. The Community Security Initiative and NYS DHSES will present at Rep. Grace Meng’s Nonprofit Security Program Grant Workshop on Wednesday, February … Continue reading 2020-21 NYS DHSES Virtual Workshops for grantees and applicants

Inauguration & MLK Days | What to know

Cybersecurity: Protecting your people and your systems

As cybersecurity concerns heightened, both worldwide and in the Jewish community, the Community Security Initiative and CISA offered a cybersecurity webinar on December 17, 2020. R. S. Richard Jr., CISM, CCISO, Cybersecurity Advisor, Region II of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) offered explained about important cybersecurity measures that organizations should consider adopting and … Continue reading Cybersecurity: Protecting your people and your systems

New CISA resource for Screening: The Power of Hello

When is a “hello” not merely a “hello”? Remember: only “approved” individuals should be able to enter your facility. The right greeting can be a critical component of your security protocols, and help you to balance the need to be warm and welcoming, while making sure that everyone who comes through our doors is safe … Continue reading New CISA resource for Screening: The Power of Hello

Shifted to telework? Make sure you are secure.

Today, the Department of Homeland Security-CISA released the Telework Essentials Toolkit providing organization leaders, their IT staff, and employees recommendations for a more permanent telework solution beyond what may have been implemented as a quick fix or temporary solution. The Toolkit provides three personalized modules outlining distinctive security considerations appropriate for each role: Actions for … Continue reading Shifted to telework? Make sure you are secure.

New York State COVID -19 Interim Guidance for Jewish High Holidays Observances

Click here to download a PDF copy of this NYS Department of Health Guidance September 16, 2020 Planning for Services and Observances We continue to recommend that indoor occupancy be restricted to the minimum number of individuals necessary to conduct the service but no more than 33% of the capacity of the space, or the limit of … Continue reading New York State COVID -19 Interim Guidance for Jewish High Holidays Observances

High Holidays webinar recordings

The links to our High Holiday guidance can be found below: Reopening for Synagogues: Health and Security with Dr. Howard A. Zucker, New York State Health Commissioner (recording of September 3, 2020 webinar) Reopening for Synagogues: Health and Security Indoors and Outdoors (Community Security Initiative presentation updated with Dr. Zucker’s suggestions) Community Security Initiative/ADL | … Continue reading High Holidays webinar recordings

CDC | How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask

Click here for the CDC Webpage. CDC recommends that you wear masks in public settings around people who don’t live in your household and when you can’t stay 6 feet away from others. Masks help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others. Overview Wear masks with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19 Wear … Continue reading CDC | How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask

Threat of Terrorism and Hate Crimes Against Jewish Communities in the United States

The Joint Counterterrorism Assessment Team (JCAT),  collaboration by the NCTC, DHS, and FBI to improve information sharing among governmental and private partners, just published a new analysis for first responders: The Threat of Terrorism and Hate Crimes Against Jewish Communities in the United States. The publication provides awareness of and suggestions for mitigating terrorist threats … Continue reading Threat of Terrorism and Hate Crimes Against Jewish Communities in the United States

COVID-19 RESOURCES AND UPDATES

IMPORTANT RESOURCES (Scroll down for updates): Reopening and Reentry NYS Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline (888) 364-3065 NYC COVID-19 information: call 311 Governor Cuomo’s news feed | New York State Novel Coronavirus page (includes updates on cases) Mayor de Blasio’s news feed | New York City Coronavirus page Nassau County COVID-19 Information Suffolk County Novel Coronavirus page JFNA’s … Continue reading COVID-19 RESOURCES AND UPDATES

Bomb threats/hoaxes: are you ready?

As reported in the JTA Daily Briefing, 19 Jewish organizations (mostly JCC’s) received an email threat yesterday (Sunday) morning. The threat alleged that the writer was concerned about an immigration issue and threatened to remotely detonate bombs if a certain demand was not met. The Community Security Initiative (a joint program of UJA-Federation and JCRC-NY) … Continue reading Bomb threats/hoaxes: are you ready?

Federal and NY State security grants updates

Eligible nonprofits can now apply for both state and federal grants to upgrade their security. Some requirements apply to both sets of grants. All not-for-profit organizations must be prequalified in order to do business with New York State and to apply for grants. See the options below, under the appropriate grant. All New York State … Continue reading Federal and NY State security grants updates

Security grants updates | Deadline extended

February 14, 2020 New York State Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes The NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services moved the deadline for the SFY2019/2020 Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Program (SCAHC Program) and the SFY2019/2020 Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Program for Nonpublic Schools and Day Camps (SCAHC for Nonpublic Schools and Day … Continue reading Security grants updates | Deadline extended

Recent Propaganda Releases by ISIS and Al-Qa’ida Promote Intensified Attacks by Supporters in the West

This assessment from NYPD has information that can be used to support both the federal and New York State grant applications. We highlighted issues concerning the Jewish community. Open Source Assessment/February 10, 2020 Two recent extremist propaganda releases disseminated by ISIS’s al-Furqan Media and al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula’s (AQAP) Al-Malahem Media called on Salafi-jihadist … Continue reading Recent Propaganda Releases by ISIS and Al-Qa’ida Promote Intensified Attacks by Supporters in the West

Active Shooter Preparedness Workshop

Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Active Shooter Preparedness Workshop March 19, 2020 26th Federal Plaza New York, NY 10278 Given today’s ever-changing threat environment, preparing for and training employees to cope with workplace violence should be a key piece of an organization’s incident response planning. A Unique Training Opportunity The Cybersecurity and … Continue reading Active Shooter Preparedness Workshop

Kudos to Governor Andrew Cuomo on his milestone ‘NO HATE IN OUR STATE’ Conference and his inspirational message. JCRC-NY Executive Vice President and CEO, Rabbi Michael Miller was honored to open the conference with an invocation and noted, “We [are] beset by a plague of dreadful violence, generated by senseless hatred of “the other.” And all [at this conference] … Continue reading

State security grant webinar: Tuesday, January 14th from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Announcing New York State Security Grant opportunities for eligible nonpublic schools, nonprofit day care centers, nonprofit community centers, nonprofit cultural museums, and nonprofit residential and day camps. Want to learn more about the application process? Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC-NY) and UJA-Federation of New York and invite you to an online training: Tuesday, … Continue reading State security grant webinar: Tuesday, January 14th from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

National threat analysis: Iran

SUMMARY OF TERRORISM THREAT TO THE U.S. HOMELAND This Bulletin will expire on or before January 18, 2020 at 1:00 PM EST The United States designated Iran a “State Sponsor of Terrorism” in 1984 and since then, Iran has actively engaged in or directed an array of violent and deadly acts against the United States … Continue reading National threat analysis: Iran

Vigilance in light of the killing of Qasem Soleimani

While the analysts are still contemplating the implications of the killing of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani (see a profile here), the consensus is that Iran will try to exact revenge somewhere around the world. Targets associated with Jewish community have been in Iran’s crosshairs since the AMIA bombing in Argentina in … Continue reading Vigilance in light of the killing of Qasem Soleimani

NO HATE. NO FEAR. March with us on Sunday.

Go to the March’s Facebook page here.  Please post a flier. Click here to download. #JewishandProud #StandTogether

Security funding updates

While our concerns about anti-Semitic attacks remain high, this week brought three new funding-related announcements that will help us to protect our institutions. We will notify our Security and Alert List when applications become available. To join our list, click here. All those who wish to apply for upcoming grants should pre-qualify for the state … Continue reading Security funding updates

Who might commit a mass killing? New insights.

One of the surest ways to prevent a mass shooting is to identify potential threats before they actually attack. Often the threats are “insiders”. James Densley, co-founder of the Violence Project and a criminal justice professor at Metropolitan State University, said researchers looked at factors in the lives of shooters, including mental health troubles, whether … Continue reading Who might commit a mass killing? New insights.

New concerns from ISIS-inspired lone wolves

According to some analysts, the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has the potential for violent reactions by United States-based homegrown violent extremists (HVEs). While there is no specific threat to the Jewish community or to the New York area, JCRC-NY recommends that Jewish institutions maintain heightened vigilance. In a recent op-ed in the NY Daily … Continue reading New concerns from ISIS-inspired lone wolves

DHS Active Shooter Training | Nov 15

DHS CISA Region-II Training & Exercise Coordinator, cordially invites you to participate in a one-day active shooter security workshop. Be advised Registration closes 11/13/2019 at 12:00 pm. Link is provided on the flyer and here    https://www.govevents.com/details/31696/dhs-active-shooter-preparedness-workshop–new-york-ny/ November 15th, 2019 (8:30am – 4:00pm) Pace University, New York City Campus One Pace Plaza (Student Center West) … Continue reading DHS Active Shooter Training | Nov 15

Security: High Holidays 5780

Thinking High Holiday Security & Preparedness After a year that included the horrible events of Pittsburgh and Poway, JCRC-NY recommends that Jewish institutions increase their levels of vigilance. This is especially true during the High Holidays, when people know that Jews congregate. Synagogues should review this document, ADL’s Security Recommendations For the High Holidays or SCN’s High … Continue reading Security: High Holidays 5780

Ransomware strikes close to home

Today, the New York Times reported that “This has been the summer of crippling ransomware attacks” to all types of computer systems. Not only have 40 municipalities been struck — their data encrypted and a ransom demanded — but last week there was a report that another synagogue ransomware attack investigated by the FBI. Cyber-hygiene. … Continue reading Ransomware strikes close to home

Reminder: Safeguard Against Ransomware Attacks

In light of the increasing number of reports of ransomware attacks against government data DHS and its partners issued the following statement. The three steps to resilience are good advice for all of us to implement. CISA, MS-ISAC, NGA & NASCIO RECOMMEND IMMEDIATE ACTION TO SAFEGUARD AGAINST RANSOMWARE ATTACKS Take the First Three Steps to … Continue reading Reminder: Safeguard Against Ransomware Attacks

Protecting campers: Security and preparedness training

Cyber attacks increase, what can you do?

Cybersecurity Best Practices DOWNLOAD The following is a list of best practices designed to keep individuals and their data safe when connected to the internet. EMAIL SECURITY Avoid opening emails, downloading attachments, or clicking on suspicious links sent from unknown or untrusted sources. Verify unexpected attachments or links from known senders by contacting them via … Continue reading Cyber attacks increase, what can you do?

New DHS resource guide and mail screening poster

New resource guide. Take a look at DHS’ new resource guide, Security of Soft Targets and Crowded Places. It’s essentially a one-stop table of contents for DHS’s free materials, including links for help on identifying suspicious activity, access control and screening, active assailants (they’re not just shooters anymore) and bomb threats. Follow the supplied links … Continue reading New DHS resource guide and mail screening poster

Security at the Celebrate Israel Parade

  Remarks by Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence & Counterterrorism John Miller May 23, 2019 The Celebrate Israel Parade is an important, annual event in New York City.  The NYPD and our law enforcement partners work with the parade’s producer, the Jewish Community Relations Council, to try to ensure that every participant and spectator will be safe. There … Continue reading Security at the Celebrate Israel Parade

NSGP: Updated JCRC-NY Tutorial

From NY DHSES FY 2019 NSGP Request for Applications Updated FEMA Clarification on Contracted Security Personnel New FY 2019 NSGP Investment Justification Vendor Responsibility Questionnaire (pdf / doc) FY 2019 NSGP E-Grants Tutorial AEL List NSGP FAQs – Updated Click here for the JCRC-NY updated Investment Justification tutorial. From the NY DHSES FAQ’s Question: What makes a strong Investment Justification? Answer: … Continue reading NSGP: Updated JCRC-NY Tutorial

NYC School Security Guards Reimbursement: bridge loans

Qualifying New York City nonpublic elementary and secondary schools with an enrollment of more than 300 can be reimbursed for the cost of certain security guard services (see the Final Adopted Rules for the program). They must “prequalify” online using the HHS Accelerator. Eligible schools should have already received a notice from NYC. Note: The NPS … Continue reading NYC School Security Guards Reimbursement: bridge loans

NSGP: More on contracted security guards

Updated April 25, 2019| U.S. DHS posted its Fiscal Year 2019 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). We are reviewing the materials and have identified two key changes: Grant amount. The maximum award this year will be $100,000. Stacking the deck for new applicants. This year 10 bonus points will be … Continue reading NSGP: More on contracted security guards

Heightened vigilance during Passover

As we prepare to celebrate Passover we should remember that the upcoming religious holidays (not only Pesach, but Easter and Ramadan) may provide increased symbolic interest to homegrown violent extremists (HVEs) and domestic extremists—including some perpetrators of hate crimes inspired by or adhering to domestic extremist ideologies—aspiring to target faith-based communities here in the United … Continue reading Heightened vigilance during Passover

Passover fire safety

Passover is coming. Lots of cooking, candles and reasons to consider fire safety. Download the #FDNYSmart tips for Passover at https://on.nyc.gov/2VIh8fu.

Nonprofit Security Grants: Updated

Updated April 16, 2019| The New York Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (NY DHSES) will have the New York-specific Request for Applications posted at http://www.dhses.ny.gov/grants/nonprofit/nsgp.cfm by the end of the day. Check back at www.jcrcny.org/securitygrants often to see our updates. Remember: all NY applicants are subject to the requirements, deadlines, etc. as set … Continue reading Nonprofit Security Grants: Updated

NSGP Webinar

Some people couldn’t join the webinar today. Sorry, but this was a DHS production and we had no control. We didn’t hear anything more than that they plan to release the Notice of Grant Opportunity (NOFO) on or before April 16th. We should expect the NY DHSES Request for Applications (RFA) soon thereafter. The NOFO … Continue reading NSGP Webinar

Non-Profit Security Grant is Coming Soon!

DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives Prepare Now for the Non-Profit Security Grant! Updated March 14, 2019| FEMA will release the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) no later than April 16, 2019 which opens the application period. Under the FY 2019 NSGP FEMA will award … Continue reading Non-Profit Security Grant is Coming Soon!

Please tell me when the security grant will be released…

Update (Feb. 15). reports today point to the fact that the President will sign the  compromise budget bill. That being said, here’s  what we do know about the Program funding. Program funding. We are thrilled to report that the budget bill funds the Nonprofit Security Grant Program at the same levels as last year: $50 million for the NSGP-UA initiative (limited to designated Urban Areas) and $10 million to … Continue reading Please tell me when the security grant will be released…

Create Your Crisis Communication Plan

2019 Resolution: Create Your Crisis Communication Plan | 12/19@1PM Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent this bulletin at 12/18/2018 01:20 PM EST Don’t keep this great resource to yourself! Please share it with your colleagues and networks. If you would like more information on emergency preparedness and response, visit CDC’s Emergency Preparedness & Response website. Need a New … Continue reading Create Your Crisis Communication Plan

NY State Hate Crimes Grant: the dash to the finish

Application packages for the New York State Securing Communities against Hate Crimes grant is due on December 19, 2018 at 5PM. Any submissions received after that time will not be considered. Grants Gateway. Your organization must be “prequalified” before submitting the application package. Click here for JCRC-NY’s tips on getting prequalified. If you have not … Continue reading NY State Hate Crimes Grant: the dash to the finish

New security funding for NY Jewish organizations

As you are considering how to best secure your organization while remaining welcoming, UJA-Federation and JCRC-NY are pleased to offer, with generous support from the Paul E. Singer Foundation and the Jewish Communal Fund, additional resources to keep you and your stakeholders safe and secure: PROFESSIONAL SECURITY ASSESSMENT: Through JCRC, UJA-Federation is making available at no … Continue reading New security funding for NY Jewish organizations

Another round of NY Hate Crimes grants

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the $10 million grant program to help protect New York’s non-public schools and cultural centers, including religious-based institutions, against hate crimes is now accepting applications. Building upon the success of last year’s first round which provided $14.8 million in grants, the program provides funding to help strengthen security measures and help … Continue reading Another round of NY Hate Crimes grants

Devastating attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh

Our hearts and prayers go out for the dead, wounded and survivors — all innocent victims of a blatantly anti-Semitic attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. We are deeply grateful to the first responders who ran towards the bullets and prevented the carnage from getting any worse. The messages  of solidarity, hope … Continue reading Devastating attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh

National Preparedness Month couldn’t be more relevant

Forecasters predict that Hurricane Florence will aim its “potential for unbelievable damage” at the Carolinas and Virginia and will not have a significant impact on the New York area. Beware! It’s peak hurricane season and this is not a time for complacency. We may see fewer hurricanes this year, but scientists conclude that hurricanes are … Continue reading National Preparedness Month couldn’t be more relevant

Register for DHS Active Shooter Workshops

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is offering Active Shooter Preparedness Workshops in the New York area on October 16 (NYC) and October 19 (White Plains). For additional information and a schedule of other sites and dates  contact ASWorkshop@hq.dhs.gov. Participants will learn how to mitigate the impacts of an active shooter incident and how to develop … Continue reading Register for DHS Active Shooter Workshops

High Holidays planning: Using the “Mass Gatherings” template

A recent DHS publication, Mass Gatherings: Security Awareness for Soft Targets and Crowded Places, can be a great template for your security planning process. Virtually every suggestion in the document can be applied to your High Holiday security planning process, as well as other special events. Your services are usually associated with larger than normal crowds … Continue reading High Holidays planning: Using the “Mass Gatherings” template

May 5779 be a year of peace and security; what you can do to help

Rosh Chodesh Elul includes clarion calls indicating that the High Holidays are coming soon. So, now is a good time to check out a recent presentation on synagogue security or to take a deeper dive into the library of documents available on the JCRC-NY Security Resources pages. Here are some relevant selections: High Holiday Security and … Continue reading May 5779 be a year of peace and security; what you can do to help

K-12 School Security Guide (2nd Edition) and School Security Survey

K-12 School Security: A Guide for Preventing and Protecting against Gun Violence (2nd ed., 2018) provides preventive (i.e., spotting potentially problematic individuals) and protective measures (i.e., policies and procedures) to address the threat of gun violence in schools. The Guide is delivered in two parts: a PDF with general security best practices and considerations in narrative format; … Continue reading K-12 School Security Guide (2nd Edition) and School Security Survey

Active Shooter Resources

Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2019 The FBI designated 28 shootings in 2019 as active shooter incidents. The 28 active shooter incidents occurred in 16 states. ■ Six incidents occurred in Texas. ■ Five incidents occurred in California. ■ Three incidents occurred in Florida. ■ Two incidents occurred in Illinois. ■ One … Continue reading Active Shooter Resources

Could you be the next victim? How the Russians hacked us.

Phishing has been in the news lately. The latest indictment from the Special Counsel’s Office (i.e., Mueller) shows that it’s easy to become a victim (see the screenshot below and click on it for more info).  The attack was both sophisticated and surprisingly simple. Government sources report that phishing attacks are up. You don’t have to … Continue reading Could you be the next victim? How the Russians hacked us.

Can we identify potential active shooters? The FBI can help.

The FBI just published A Study of Pre-attack Behaviors of Active Shooters in the United States Between 2000 and 2013. FBI behaviorists believe that there is cause for hope to prevent active shooter attacks because there is something that can be done. In the weeks and months before an attack, many active shooters engage in behaviors that … Continue reading Can we identify potential active shooters? The FBI can help.

New DHS action guides for soft targets and crowded places

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently posted new resources for soft targets (virtually all nonprofits are considered soft targets) and crowded places. These are clear and concise (two page) action guides: Active Shooter Attacks: Security Awareness for Soft Targets and Crowded Places. Sections on: potential indicators, what should people do in case of … Continue reading New DHS action guides for soft targets and crowded places

NSGP: The June 9th deadline is approaching

Note: The new deadline is June 8, 2018 at 5:00 PM General information The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released its Notice of Funding Opportunity. In FY 2018, Congress appropriated $50 million for nonprofit security through the Urban Area Security Initiative (NSGP-UA) for 32 regions, including New York City (including Long Island and Westchester). There is a supplemental … Continue reading NSGP: The June 9th deadline is approaching

The Nonprofit Security Grant Program is here

  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released its Notice of Funding Opportunity yesterday. As expected the time frame will be quite narrow.  New York DHSES is getting final approvals on its Request for Applications. It will be available here. Our best guess is that the deadline will be in 2-3 weeks. In FY 2018, … Continue reading The Nonprofit Security Grant Program is here

FEMA: 2018 Hurricane Season Outlook

Arago’s Admonition: “Never, no matter what may be the progress of science, will honest scientific men who have regard for their reputations venture to predict the weather.” It is hard to believe, as FEMA and our stakeholders are still very much in active recovery mode from the 2017 hurricane season, that the official start to … Continue reading FEMA: 2018 Hurricane Season Outlook

The National Explosives Task Force (NETF) coordinates rapid integration of explosives expertise with intelligence and law enforcement information to support operational activities. Products are peer-reviewed by explosives experts from participating agencies. National Explosives Task Force Suspicious Package Indicators and Recommended Response Procedures Package bombs, which include letters, parcels, and anything delivered by postal or courier … Continue reading Update: Suspicious Package Indicators and Recommended Response Procedures

Great news: Omnibus Bill has $50M plus for nonprofit security grants

Congressional leaders posted the text of Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (aka the Omnibus Bill)) last night. Its passage will keep the government operating for the remainder of the fiscal year. Included in the bill (besides the Taylor Force Act) is an allocation of $50 million (up from $25M) for the Nonprofit Security Grants Program (NSGP) and $10 … Continue reading Great news: Omnibus Bill has $50M plus for nonprofit security grants

Security Grants Updates

We continue to get the question, “When will the grant come out?” My standard answer is, “If you can tell me when the federal government will have a budget I might be able to answer that question.” I am ​pleased to share with you an update from Rob Goldberg at the Jewish Federations of North America. Rob … Continue reading Security Grants Updates

We get letters…Thoughts on armed or unarmed

Guest post Pinchas Levin TaryagDefense.com A little over a year ago we published a post, Armed or unarmed security, what’s best? which still represents our thinking about armed or unarmed guards. With all of the recent mass shootings one of our loyal readers sent us his thinking on the subject and raised other concerns. The following, which … Continue reading We get letters…Thoughts on armed or unarmed

Not Again! Lessons learned from the Florida school shooting

The horror is almost too much to fathom. Thousands of parents sent their kids off to school in the morning and learned by phone, text, tweet or post that their child was, or may have been, the victim of another mass shooting. We mourn the loss of 17 souls cut off in their youth, we … Continue reading Not Again! Lessons learned from the Florida school shooting

Happy Tax Identity-theft Awareness week

Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week is a campaign run by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) from January 29 to February 2 to spread awareness of tax-related identity theft and IRS imposter scams. The FTC, IRS, Department of Veteran Affairs, and others are hosting various events throughout the week to educate the public on these threats. Tax identity theft remains … Continue reading Happy Tax Identity-theft Awareness week

JCRC-NY on Times Square subway bombing

Updated: Winter season security threats

Update: December 11, 2017. Explosion-Port Authority Bus Terminal Passageway to Times Square  At approximately, 7:20AM today  police responded to a reported explosion under the Port Authority Bus Terminal Station in New York City. According to the NYPD, one suspect, Akayed Ullah, who wore an “improvised low-tech explosive device attached to his body,” is in custody following an … Continue reading Updated: Winter season security threats

The day after: more considerations

As of now, the analysts are saying that there are no known, specific threats to New York or the Jewish community. Vehicle ramming is becoming more common. There have been recent several incidents, both domestic and overseas. In contrast to attacks against law enforcement, the victims in these incidents appeared to have been targeted indiscriminately by … Continue reading The day after: more considerations

Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Program

New York State, committed to ensuring the safety and equal treatment of all New Yorkers, is launching the Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Program to boost safety and security at New York’s nonpublic schools, day care centers and cultural museums at risk of hate crimes or attacks because of their ideology, beliefs, or mission. In … Continue reading Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Program

Cybersecurity is everybody’s business

Cybersecurity in the Workplace Is Everyone’s Business. Whatever your place of business – whether it’s a large or small organization, healthcare provider, academic institution or government agency – creating a culture of cybersecurity from the breakroom to the board room is essential and a shared responsibility among all employees. Spread the word by posting online safety … Continue reading Cybersecurity is everybody’s business

Updated: New white powder incidents

Download Suspicious Mail Poster in PDF format UPDATE: According to the New York Post: The white powdery substance discovered at the Israeli Consulate in Manhattan was inside a threatening letter to Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, police sources said Saturday. The package, which was discovered around 1:30 p.m. Friday was addressed to the consulate’s East 42nd Street and Second Avenue … Continue reading Updated: New white powder incidents

TS Jose cone stalks Rosh Hashanah

Tropical Storm Jose has been meandering around the Atlantic and the New York area is already experiencing rough surf from the system. As you can see from the graphic, the “cone of uncertainty” encompasses our region on Rosh Hashanah. Jose could both strengthen and weaken by then and affect portions of the east coast of the United … Continue reading TS Jose cone stalks Rosh Hashanah

Quick tips for security guidance

Many people wonder, as the High Holidays approach: Have they taken adequate steps to protect their institutions. If you’re looking for guidance, here are some resources: JCRC-NY materials Are you prepared? 5 steps to make your facility safer and more secure A quick overview of the items (with links) to consider at the beginning of … Continue reading Quick tips for security guidance

Are you prepared? 5 steps to make your facility safer and more secure

(Click here to download a PDF of this webpage) Organizational leaders should work to strike a balance: to offer a warm and welcoming facility, while at the same time ensuring that their members, students, staffs, clients and building are safe and secure. Leaders concerned with everybody’s safety and security should prepare to deal with emergencies, … Continue reading Are you prepared? 5 steps to make your facility safer and more secure

Hurricane Harvey Relief Funds

Note: There are fraudsters who are known to take advantage of the tendency to generously respond to disasters.The FBI’s New York Field Office reminds the public to apply a critical eye before giving contributions to anyone soliciting donations on behalf of Harvey victims. In the past, tragedies and natural disasters have inspired individuals with criminal … Continue reading Hurricane Harvey Relief Funds

Dismissal time alert: Threat for Severe Thunderstorms and Flash Flooding

The New York area office of the  National Weather Service forecasts the possibility of severe weather late this afternoon and beyond. In some areas the heavy rains might arrive at 2-3PM. We suggest that you closely monitor the weather reports for your area and be prepared to institute alternative dismissal plans if necessary. Exercise caution when … Continue reading Dismissal time alert: Threat for Severe Thunderstorms and Flash Flooding

Nonprofit Security Grant: Last minute FAQ’s

Applications Due by June 12, 2017, 11:59 pm. We know that many of you are busy trying to finish up the work while facing a crazy deadline. Here are some last minute tips: Technical problems Prequalification/Document Vault. To those of you who are still trying to upload everything into your Document Vault: If you get a message … Continue reading Nonprofit Security Grant: Last minute FAQ’s

The Nonprofit Security Grant is here and due in NY June 12

Nonprofit Security Grant Program 2017 June 3, 2017 | This year DHS is providing $25,000,000 for target hardening activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack and located within one of the specific UASI-designated urban areas (click here for the complete list). New York’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services … Continue reading The Nonprofit Security Grant is here and due in NY June 12

Been waiting? Two security grants are coming soon

We now expect FEMA will release the FY 2017 Nonprofit Security Grant Program guidelines next Friday, June 2nd to the states. New York’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services has been working hard and they will have their Request for Applications (RFA) ready ASAP. However, they must have their documents approved through the various channels as required … Continue reading Been waiting? Two security grants are coming soon

More tips on Ransomware

It seems that WannaCry is sputtering out. Unfortunately, the experts predict that similar attacks could resume at any time, so it’s best to be prepared. Here’s a great article from Techsoup, a great nonprofit that helps other nonprofits access donations and discounts from more than 60 donor partners, including Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, Intuit, and Symantec. Their suggestions are, almost … Continue reading More tips on Ransomware

Microsoft Customer Guidance for WannaCrypt attacks

MSRC Team May 12, 2017 | https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/msrc/2017/05/12/customer-guidance-for-wannacrypt-attacks/ Microsoft solution available to protect additional products Today many of our customers around the world and the critical systems they depend on were victims of malicious “WannaCrypt” software. Seeing businesses and individuals affected by cyberattacks, such as the ones reported today, was painful. Microsoft worked throughout the day to ensure … Continue reading Microsoft Customer Guidance for WannaCrypt attacks

Still no budget, but get started

April 28, 2017 | The timing of the 2017 applications is still up in the air. The House voted 382 to 30 and the Senate unanimously approved a bill to keep the government open until May 5th. This will give the negotiators time to finalize a longer-term deal that would fund the government through the end … Continue reading Still no budget, but get started

During Pesach, heightened vigilance is required

EVENT ASSESSMENT While there are no reports indicating a specific threat to New York City or Jewish institutions during the Passover holiday, religious institutions and religious figures remain attractive targets for multiple terrorist groups—to include al-Qa’ida and the Islamic State of Iraq and ash Sham(ISIS)—and their adherents. Al-Qa’ida and ISIS have consistently called for attacks … Continue reading During Pesach, heightened vigilance is required

New York State Security Funding

This year’s New York State budget includes the following allocation. Obviously, the details are still pending. “Capital Projects Funds – Other Capital Project Fund Program Improvement/Change Purpose For competitive grants to provide safety and security projects at nonpublic schools, community centers and day care facilities at risk of hate crimes or attacks because of their … Continue reading New York State Security Funding

Israeli-American Teen Arrested for Bomb Threats

See the links below for information about today’s arrest of a suspect believed to be responsible for the majority of the bomb threats over the past months. Remember, another individual was already arrested and law enforcement authorities believe that there are other copycats. It is important that we stay vigilant and continue to hone our … Continue reading Israeli-American Teen Arrested for Bomb Threats

Nonprofit Grant? Get started now, webinar next week

NSGP 2017 The timing of the 2017 applications is still up in the air. We won’t be able to determine the due date for the applications until the US Department of Homeland Security posts its guidance. They will only do so once there is a federal budget. We don’t anticipate any significant changes in the … Continue reading Nonprofit Grant? Get started now, webinar next week

Bomb scares: learn more

As the threats seem to multiply, people are growing frustrated that the threats continue. Watch NYPD’s John Miller’s update on the investigation on CBS This Morning (March 9, 2017).

So when is the NSGP grant be coming out?

Short answer, we don’t know. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security cannot formally announce any grant program before there is a federal budget and Congress gave itself up to April 28, 2017 to come to an agreement. Both the House and the Senate included the program in their appropriations, but they must still work out … Continue reading So when is the NSGP grant be coming out?

To evacuate or not to evacuate? That is the question.

With over 150 hoax bomb threats reported, you should have already have a plan. However, the ongoing threats should serve as a reminder to review our ongoing guidance, make use of the resources and implement the recommendations, as appropriate. Should we be worried? At this time the experts conclude that the series of incidents referencing threats against schools, … Continue reading To evacuate or not to evacuate? That is the question.

Hoax threats can be scary, too.

Should we be worried? At this time the experts conclude that the series of incidents referencing threats against schools, Jewish facilities and businesses likely do not represent a credible terrorist threat for two reasons: terrorists’ rarely provide operational insight into their planning, and the fact that nearly all hoaxes in the United States are conducted by … Continue reading Hoax threats can be scary, too.

Awareness 101: When it “Just doesn’t look right”

Experts note that terrorist attacks don’t appear out of thin air. In virtually every situation (and that includes active shooter events) an attacker practices “pre-operational surveillance.” More mundanely, they “case the joint” or just show up to observe, orient themselves to the situation and to decide how they will act during their attack. When suspect behavior is … Continue reading Awareness 101: When it “Just doesn’t look right”

Ransomware: Lessons learned

Don’t say that we didn’t warn you (see here, here and especially here). Here’s a tale about a synagogue in the NYC area, but it could happen to anyone. In mid-November the rabbi’s secretary was going about her business on the shul computer. Whether she was duped to click on an infected popup advertisement or she visited an infected … Continue reading Ransomware: Lessons learned

Attacks on Jews in the U.S. 1969-2016

Take a look at the important new CSS publication, Terrorist Incidents and Attacks Against Jews and Israelis in the United States, 1969-2016, by our talented, good friend, Yehudit Barsky, with a forward by another friend, Mitchell D. Silber. The publication supplements the JCRC’s own Selective Threat Scan which was designed to assist Nonprofit Security Grant Program applicants complete the … Continue reading Attacks on Jews in the U.S. 1969-2016

Armed or unarmed security, what’s best?

The answer is, it depends. The question comes up at almost every one of our security training sessions. Honestly, there are both advantages and disadvantages of either option. Guns and Security: the Risks of Arming Security Officers in the December issue of Security Management (a publication of the security industry trade association, ASIS) discusses many of the issues … Continue reading Armed or unarmed security, what’s best?

Phishing: Will you be a victim?

Phishing attacks — usually giving you a plausible reason to “change” your password — have increased. Once they have your account information many criminal avenues open up. Here’s some background and good advice from Stratfor.

Heightened threats. Do you know what to do?

We assume that you saw the recent media report that the U.S. intelligence community has alerted law enforcement to potential al-Qa’ida attacks in the U.S. planned for Monday, November 7, the day before Election Day. This threat is reportedly still being assessed and its credibility has not yet been validated. However, the counterterrorism and homeland security … Continue reading Heightened threats. Do you know what to do?

Start with Security: A Cybersecurity Guide for Business (even nonprofits)

Lessons from Federal Trade Commission cases Go to the FTC Start with Security website here or click here to download a PDF copy of their full recommendations. When managing your network, developing an app, or even organizing paper files, sound security is no accident. Companies that consider security from the start assess their options and make reasonable … Continue reading Start with Security: A Cybersecurity Guide for Business (even nonprofits)

It’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Cyber Security is Everyone’s Responsibility Data breaches resulting in the compromise of personally identifiable information of thousands of Americans. Intrusions into financial, corporate, and government networks. Complex financial schemes committed by sophisticated cyber criminals against businesses and the public in general. These are just a few examples of crimes perpetrated online over the past year … Continue reading It’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month

High Holidays: Are you ready to get out if you have to?

It’s happened more than once…a fire in a synagogue during High Holiday services. Bomb threats and suspicious packages … you have a plan, but fires? Most people  tend to exit through the door they entered. In an emergency, if people don’t use all of the doors there will be bottlenecks leading to injuries or worse. With … Continue reading High Holidays: Are you ready to get out if you have to?

Ransomware victims urged to report infections

      September 15, 2016/Alert Number I-091516-PSA RANSOMWARE VICTIMS URGED TO REPORT INFECTIONS TO FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT The FBI urges victims to report ransomware incidents to federal law enforcement to help us gain a more comprehensive view of the current threat and its impact on U.S. victims. What Is Ransomware? Ransomware is a type of … Continue reading Ransomware victims urged to report infections

High Holiday security: stay vigilant

Security and emergency planning should be an integral component of every synagogue’s High Holiday preparations. Here are some tools to guide you: High Holiday Security and Emergency Preparedness Planning Library 10 Simple Ways to Make Your Synagogue Safer During the Holidays and Year Round (PDF) JCRC-NY High Holiday Security Thinkplate®: 2014 Access control considerations during … Continue reading High Holiday security: stay vigilant

Increased vigilance as 9/11 anniversary nears

A recent federal bulletin urged state and local law enforcement to be on high alert ahead of 9/11 anniversary. It explained that that terrorists – specifically those aligned with ISIS – “may be inspired or directed to conduct attacks against events associated with 9/11 memorial commemorations or other mass gathering targets timed to this date.” The report notes the … Continue reading Increased vigilance as 9/11 anniversary nears

School security guards: New FAQ’s.

The New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) held its first meeting with schools yesterday. Applications for the School Security Guard Program are currently being accepted until November 1st for 2016-2017 school year. For questions related to the nonpublic school application process, it is really worth your while to check out the FAQ‘s. If … Continue reading School security guards: New FAQ’s.

School security guards: How to register

Security Guard Reimbursement for Nonpublic Schools Local Law 2 of 2016 authorizes the City of New York to reimburse qualifying nonpublic elementary and secondary schools for the cost of certain security guard services. New York City released its Final Adopted Rules for the program. Each nonpublic school with an enrollment of more than 300 will receive a letter directing … Continue reading School security guards: How to register

Nonprofit Security Grant Program 2016 results | NY secures over $5.1M | Special thank you’s to Schumer, Gillibrand, Lowey, Donovan and King

Thank you to our champions. They fought for this grant and 70 NY organizations will benefit this year. They are already fighting for the 2017 allocation. Please let Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and Reps. Lowey, Donovan and King and the rest of our delegation know that you appreciate their hard work. SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND SECURE OVER … Continue reading Nonprofit Security Grant Program 2016 results | NY secures over $5.1M | Special thank you’s to Schumer, Gillibrand, Lowey, Donovan and King

Latest National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin

SUMMARY In December, we described a new phase in the global threat environment, which has implications on the homeland. This basic assessment has not changed. In this environment, we are particularly concerned about homegrown violent extremists who could strike with little or no notice. The tragic events of Orlando several days ago reinforce this. Accordingly, … Continue reading Latest National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin

Security Guards in NYC Nonpublic Schools

Click here to read JCRC-NY’s comments on the proposed rules. Intro 65, the nonpublic school security guards bill authored by CM David Greenfield, passed by the New York City Council in December, 2015 and signed by Mayor de Blasio in January, will fund security guards in private and parochial schools with more than 300 registered students. … Continue reading Security Guards in NYC Nonpublic Schools

Lessons learned: Aventura, FL bomb plot

The FBI arrested James Gonzalo Medina (aka James Muhammad) on April 29, 2016 for attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction against persons or property within the United States. Click here for the “Lessons Learned”. The allegations According to a complaint filed with the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida at … Continue reading Lessons learned: Aventura, FL bomb plot

TAU report| Anti-Semitism: “Good” news and bad in 2015

Tel Aviv University’s Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry just released its 2015 worldwide analysis of anti-Semitism. Read the entire report here. The executive summary is below. The feeling with which the year 2015 ended was one of fear and concern, among Jews and non-Jews alike, especially in Europe. Waves of immigrants … Continue reading TAU report| Anti-Semitism: “Good” news and bad in 2015

FBI says “don’t be a victim”: Ransomware on the rise

From the FBI’s Cyber Division: Incidents on the rise, protect yourself and your organization Hospitals, school districts, state and local governments, law enforcement agencies, small businesses, large businesses—these are just some of the entities impacted recently by ransomware, an insidious type of malware that encrypts, or locks, valuable digital files and demands a ransom to release … Continue reading FBI says “don’t be a victim”: Ransomware on the rise

Emergency Planning for schools | Tuesday, May 3

Emergency Planning for Private Schools Workshop Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Registration begins at 8:30AM) Location: Manhattan Municipal Building North Mezzanine 1 Centre St, New York, NY 10007 Description: This workshop is intended to provide guidance on emergency planning for private schools. Participants will receive training in the basic … Continue reading Emergency Planning for schools | Tuesday, May 3

Brussels attack analysis | get smart fast

Last week’s attack and sorting through the information overload is daunting. We regularly turn to a few knowledgeable sources to help to guide us when we’re perplexed. Here are a few examples: Founded in 1996, the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) is one of the leading academic institutes for counter-terrorism in the world, facilitating international cooperation in the … Continue reading Brussels attack analysis | get smart fast

IRS Alerts Payroll and HR Professionals to Phishing Scheme Involving W-2s

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued an alert to payroll and human resources professionals to beware of an emerging phishing email scheme that purports to be from company executives and requests personal information on employees. The IRS has learned this scheme — part of the surge in phishing emails seen this year — … Continue reading IRS Alerts Payroll and HR Professionals to Phishing Scheme Involving W-2s

NY Nonprofit Security Grant package available | due March 28

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released its guidance on Tuesday for the $20 million Nonprofit Security Grant Program. The grant is competitive and awardees can qualify for up to $75,000 in equipment approved for target hardening. The NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES)  2016 RFA (application package) at http://www.dhses.ny.gov/grants/nonprofit.cfm is live. The deadline for … Continue reading NY Nonprofit Security Grant package available | due March 28

Nonprofit Security Grant Program 2016 | It’s here

We’ve taken an initial look at the federal guidance and not much is new. Stay tuned for specifics. NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (NY DHSES) will develop its RFA (application package) based on the DHS guidance and specify a deadline for all applications to be electronically submitted (State agencies must have time to judge and … Continue reading Nonprofit Security Grant Program 2016 | It’s here

Nonprofit grants are around the corner

The 2016 U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) budget includes $20 million for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program. According to the best information DHS will release its general grant guidance information to the states in mid-February. NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (NY DHSES) will then develop its RFA (application package) based on the DHS guidance. … Continue reading Nonprofit grants are around the corner

JCRC: training here, training there

The past few months have been busy with JCRC-NY coordinating major  training sessions for hundreds of institutions in the NY area. There is a heightened awareness of the potential for attacks and a willingness on the part of organizations to “Step up their Game.” All of the trainings focused on security/terrorism awareness, building a culture of security … Continue reading JCRC: training here, training there

Blizzard on the way?

Mayor de Blasio today issued a hazardous travel advisory for Saturday, January 23, 2016 through Sunday, January 24, 2016. Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties have issued similar advisories. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Blizzard Watch for New York City from Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon. This system is forecast to bring heavy … Continue reading Blizzard on the way?

Training opportunity: Stepping up our game | Jan 5

 

What is cyber-hygiene? IRS guidance on Cyber-Monday

Sometimes the IRS really does want to help us. Their suggestions are straightforward and spot on: Seven Tips to Protect Your Computer Online IRS Security Awareness Tax Tip Number 1, November 23, 2015 The Internal Revenue Service, the states and the tax industry urge you to be safe online and remind you to take important … Continue reading What is cyber-hygiene? IRS guidance on Cyber-Monday

Manhattan bomb threat: lessons learned

Bomb threats are nothing new. Paris and Brussels have educated more Americans that terrorist attacks are a scary possibility, but the Jewish community has known that for a long time. Dealing with a bomb threat is never easy, but in today’s environment, planning and cool heads are critical. Click here for a tool for bomb threat … Continue reading Manhattan bomb threat: lessons learned

Emotional trauma resources for schools and parents

The horrific events in Paris last Friday night take a toll on most people. Our chil dren are not immune. Schools and parents have to intervene. Grief and Mourning during an Emergency (Center for Disease Control) Disasters may cost people property, possessions, and the lives of their loved ones. Most cultures have specific, relatively unique … Continue reading Emotional trauma resources for schools and parents

The Islamic State and the Jews

Screen shot from Hebrew language Islamic State video. Stratfor, the respected, global intelligence firm,  just published an insightful analytical report, The Islamic State Weighs in on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, with the following forecasts: Lone wolf attacks against Jewish targets outside of Israel will increase in the coming weeks. Anti-Semitic violence will provoke reprisal attacks and vigilantism.  … Continue reading The Islamic State and the Jews

Cybersecurity: it’s not too late

See the blog entry below from TechSoup, and the Cyber-awareness pages from the FBI and the NYPD and the JCRC Cybersecurity Resources page. Take a quiz from Symantec. Raise your Cyber-awareness and Cyber-security before it’s too late! Are you a trivia master? Or a security enthusiast? Put your security smarts to the test and take the weekly security quiz brought … Continue reading Cybersecurity: it’s not too late

Sukkahs in the wind

Please distribute on blogs and synagogue/community listserves. NYC Emergency Management (NYCEM) is now advising New Yorkers to prepare for ongoing sustained winds upwards of 30mph with wind gusts in excess of 70mph. Most Succoth, especially in open areas or experiencing sustained gusts, are not built for such conditions. The Rabbinical Council of America is distributing … Continue reading Sukkahs in the wind

Next two weeks: traffic, traffic everywhere

As you know, from September 24 through September 26, 2015, Pope Francis will be visiting New York City. New Yorkers should anticipate traffic disruptions and various street closures. The use of public transportation is highly encouraged during this period. All New Yorkers in the vicinity of the visit’s events will be affected: traffic, client appointments, … Continue reading Next two weeks: traffic, traffic everywhere

Looking forward to a safe 5776

The attacks on two synagogues in December, 2014 (in Har Nof, Jerusalem and Chabad Headquarters in Brooklyn) and the shooting in the Charleston church should inform our High Holiday planning. Security and emergency response planning must be an important component of your overall planning. While there are no specific threats to U.S. Jewish institutions or individuals — out of … Continue reading Looking forward to a safe 5776

Focus on resources: DHS Protective Security Advisors

Recently, we received an inquiry from an out-of-state colleague. Some of his questions could be answered over the phone, but it was clear that an on-site consultation was in order. I asked my colleague, “Do you know your Protective Security Advisor (PSA)?” He replied, “What?” DHS employs PSA’s in all 50 states and many states have … Continue reading Focus on resources: DHS Protective Security Advisors

Resources to Help Prepare Houses of Worship for Emergencies

Webinar recording (June 2015): http://bit.ly/1JzXMAn Points of Contact: Department of Justice Community Relations Service:askcrs@usdoj.gov Department of Homeland Security Protective Security Coordination Division: pscdoperations@hq.dhs.gov Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships:Partnerships@fema.dhs.gov FEMA Grant Programs: AskCSID@fema.dhs.gov Department of Justice Civil Rights Division POC Eric Treene, Special Counsel for Religious Discrimination: Treene@USDOJ.gov Katherine Schweit, Section … Continue reading Resources to Help Prepare Houses of Worship for Emergencies

July 1 FEMA Webinar – Houses of Worship

Webinar: Resources to help houses of worship prepare for emergencies   This webinar is a collaborative effort between the DHS Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, a center of the White House Office of Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help connect faith-based and community organizations with tools, resources, and … Continue reading July 1 FEMA Webinar – Houses of Worship

How ready are you?

Will there be severe weather emergencies this year? Click here for the latest “how-to”guides: Ready New York, Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester. Be ready!  

Preparing Houses of Worship for Emergencies Webinar

The Department of Homeland Security Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and FEMA are hosting a webinar on April 28 from 2-3 p.m. ET to prepare faith-based organizations for disaster. This webinar will provide faith-based and community organizations with critical local, tribal, state, and national resources that can help get communities better prepared for disasters and emergencies. … Continue reading Preparing Houses of Worship for Emergencies Webinar

Nonprofit grant package released in NY, due May 4th

The application package was released in record time, thank you Shelley Wahrlich and Marianne Lindsay! Sign up for the April 14th webinar now! The FY 2015 Urban Areas Security Initiative Nonprofit Security Grant Program (UASI NSGP) has been posted on the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services website and is ready for … Continue reading Nonprofit grant package released in NY, due May 4th

Nonprofit Security Grant: the process begins

Remember, we warned that the application period will be abbreviated. Sorry. The U.S. Department of  Homeland Security released its guidance on the Nonprofit Security Grant Program today. The NY Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services will release the NY application package by the middle of April. Depending on the release and due date, applicants will probably have … Continue reading Nonprofit Security Grant: the process begins

Cybersecurity: WordPress Vulnerabilities

FBI (April 7) ISIL Defacements Exploiting WordPress Vulnerabilities. Continuous Web site defacements are being perpetrated by individuals sympathetic to the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL) a.k.a. Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS). The defacements have affected Web site operations and the communication platforms of news organizations, commercial entities, religious institutions, federal/state/local governments, foreign governments, … Continue reading Cybersecurity: WordPress Vulnerabilities

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Preventing future tragedies | Fire safety

New York Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro met with a broad array of leaders of Jewish communities in New York on Monday, March 23rd, 2015. While the meeting was scheduled to focus on fire safety on Passover, Commissioner Nigro and the assembled chiefs were still devastated that they could not save the Sassoon children. The Commissioner suggested, … Continue reading Preventing future tragedies | Fire safety

No DHS grant programs without DHS budget (now passed)

The Nonprofit Security Grant program is a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) budget, which is the main attraction of the current Washington drama (see below). Bottom line: we are virtually certain that there will that there will be a grant program, the question is timing. The way things look, the NY application … Continue reading No DHS grant programs without DHS budget (now passed)

NYPD Response to Al-Shabaab Video

On February 21, 2015, al-Shabaab, al-Qa‘ida’s East Africa-based affiliate, released a video entitled “The Westgate Siege–Retributive Justice”. The video attempts to provide justification for al-Shabaab’s September 2013 terror attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. The video concludes by encouraging similar attacks on “American or Jewish-owned” shopping centers and districts, particularly in the West, … Continue reading NYPD Response to Al-Shabaab Video

Hostages in Paris kosher grocery

We mourn the victims of the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher Supermarket terror attacks and pray for the recovery of the injured hostages and police. The hostages were taken –and some lost their lives –merely because they were Jews. The decisive actions of French authorities helped to mitigate these horrible situations and prevent the further loss of life … Continue reading Hostages in Paris kosher grocery

Security grant update

Will there be a 2015 Nonprofit Security Grant Program? The current federal budget package only continues the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding until February 28, 2015, with no specific provision for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). Until Congress completes FY 2015 funding for DHS, no DHS grant programs can commence, including the NSGP … Continue reading Security grant update

New “reduce your risk” tools

New York City’s dense population and geographic location make it especially vulnerable to emergencies caused by natural and man-made hazards. While it is important for you to protect yourself and your families from emergencies, it is also important to protect your property. The hazards faced by Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester residents are similar, with some … Continue reading New “reduce your risk” tools

Cybersecurity for synagogues | Dec. 10 @ 7:30

Horror on Har Nof, Increased Vigilance in NY Area

Update – 19 November: U.S. Department of State security bulletin re Israel | As tensions remain high, isolated acts of violence in the form of vehicular attacks and stabbings may continue, particularly in Jerusalem where frustration is particularly acute. It remains unlikely that large-scale or complex attacks will occur in Israel due to the increased security measures that have been put … Continue reading Horror on Har Nof, Increased Vigilance in NY Area

Ebola: updates and info sources

  Ebola is a severe, often fatal disease that affects humans and some animals. Ebola spreads through direct contact with an infected person’s or animal’s skin, blood or body fluids. It cannot be spread simply by being near someone who is infected. People can be infected by touching objects that contain infected blood or body … Continue reading Ebola: updates and info sources

Ongoing cyberthreats, website defacements

Recent posts on the ADL Blog and Geektime describes the efforts of an anti-Israel hacktavist group that calls itself “Team System Dz”. While most of the website defacements occurred in July and August, incidents in Florida and New York were reported recently. The Geektime post explains, “… the team is a group of Arab youth that is looking to … Continue reading Ongoing cyberthreats, website defacements

Ebola update from NYC DOHMH

As has been reported, the United States Centers for Disease Control andPrevention (CDC) confirmed through laboratory tests the first case of the Ebola virus to be diagnosed in the United States in a person who had traveled to Dallas, Texas from West Africa. There are no confirmed cases in New York City or the surrounding area … Continue reading Ebola update from NYC DOHMH

Tracking anti-Jewish incidents during Gaza

New York | September 18, 2014 – Over the first half of 2014, an average of eight incidents were reported to the NYPD and classified as possible hate crimes. In July and August the number more than doubled, averaging 18 incidents per month.  The increase is concurrent with the Israeli “Operation Protective Edge” in Gaza … Continue reading Tracking anti-Jewish incidents during Gaza

Coming next week: UN General Assembly

Are you thinking about going anywhere in Manhattan next week? Plan ahead. The UN General Assembly and associated meetings are scheduled from September 22nd until September 27th. Hundreds of heads of state, foreign ministers, diplomats and other officials move around the city and snarl traffic. Expect to see a heightened police presence at hotels and … Continue reading Coming next week: UN General Assembly

Thinking High Holiday Security & Preparedness

The ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas led to disturbing attacks on Jewish institutions and individuals abroad. While there are no specific threats to U.S. Jewish institutions or individuals — out of an abundance of caution — JCRC-NY recommends that Jewish institutions increase their levels of vigilance. This is especially true during the High Holidays, when people know that Jews … Continue reading Thinking High Holiday Security & Preparedness

Webinar: Emergency Preparedness Resources for Houses of Worship

The Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships the Small Business Administration Center for Faith-based & Community Initiatives (Both Centers of the White House Office of Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency invite you to join us for: A Webinar on Emergency Preparedness Tools & Resources for Houses … Continue reading Webinar: Emergency Preparedness Resources for Houses of Worship

Gaza fighting continues, should you up your security game?

The ongoing military conflict between Israel and Hamas has lead to disturbing attacks on Jewish institutions abroad. While there are no specific threats to U.S. Jewish institutions or individuals, JCRC-NY recommends that Jewish institutions increase their levels of vigilance out of an abundance of caution. Create a culture of security. Institutions shouldn’t merely subcontract security. Even buildings with well-trained … Continue reading Gaza fighting continues, should you up your security game?

Nonprofit Homeland Security Grants results

Schumer, Gillibrand Secure Over $2.1 Million To Improve Emergency Preparedness For Religious Institutions & Organizations In-And-Around NYC; Grants Awarded To 30 At-Risk Jewish Schools & Congregations Schumer and Gillibrand Secured Funding For Organizations Based in New York – Out of the Total $13 Million Granted to Awardees Across the Country U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and … Continue reading Nonprofit Homeland Security Grants results

Resources to prepare your organization’s technology for a disaster

Tech Soup is a respected and valuable technology resource for nonprofits (If you don’t know about their deeply-discounted software, you should). They recently published an excellent disaster planning guide:  The Resilient Organization. Find their links to the new guide and related webinars below. Disaster preparedness isn’t just about being ready for a fire or earthquake; … Continue reading Resources to prepare your organization’s technology for a disaster

Cybersecurity for Jewish organizations 101: an update

Two years ago the websites of many Jewish organizations were hacked during Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense. JCRC-NY and ADL (thanks to the ADL for some of the suggestions below) have noted some new attacks against Jewish community websites allegedly motivated by the ongoing conflict in Israel. Hacker groups claiming affiliation to Anonymous, the hacker collective, have attacked … Continue reading Cybersecurity for Jewish organizations 101: an update

Final push: Nonprofit Security Grants

In New York, Nonprofit Security Grant Program application packages are due by midnight, Friday, May 9th. Frequently Asked Questions What do I have to do? Use JCRC’s Checklist (download here) to double check yourself.  Remember, there are three separate sets of submissions: Grants Gateway. Your document must be approved and your status report reflecting your approval must … Continue reading Final push: Nonprofit Security Grants

Protecting religious facilities and the current analysis re the fatal shootings at Kansas Jewish Centers

The shootings last week remind us that we are vulnerable on a number of fronts. We thank our partners at the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for keeping us informed, with first rate analyses and guidance. Remember, one of the most important recommendations is to establish a close, working relationship with your local police … Continue reading Protecting religious facilities and the current analysis re the fatal shootings at Kansas Jewish Centers

Resources and ADL backgrounder on shooter

As of now, all indications are that the gunman acted alone. However, any time that there is such an attack, analysts are concerned about copycat incidents. Out of an abundance of caution, the NYPD, and all of the police departments in the metropolitan area, are going to be giving Jewish institutions extra attention over the … Continue reading Resources and ADL backgrounder on shooter

No additional information available yet, but there is nothing as of now to indicate that this is not an isolated incident. However, please take this opportunity to review your security arrangements for Passover. Stay tuned for more information. Shootings reported at 2 Jewish-related sites in Overland Park   By Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas … Continue reading Shootings reported at 2 Jewish-related sites in Kansas

NY Nonprofit Security Grant applications will be due May 9th

Due date. The application package for New York nonprofits will be due May 9th. DHS should announce the results at the end of July. Webinar. The JCRC-NY Webinar (with conjunction with DHSES and the New York State Grants Gateway) is scheduled for Thursday, April 3rd at 2 PM. Space is limited so registrations are required. Click … Continue reading NY Nonprofit Security Grant applications will be due May 9th

April 3 | Webinar on the NY Nonprofit Security Grant applications

Thursday, April 3, 2014 2:00 – 3:30 PM The 2014 Nonprofit Security Grant application package will soon be available in New York. Join in a webinar, introduced by NY DHSES Commissioner Jerome Hauer. DHSES Program Representative Valerie Bloomer will discuss this year’s changes in the process (including pre-qualification) and the JCRC-NY’s David Pollock will talk … Continue reading April 3 | Webinar on the NY Nonprofit Security Grant applications

It’s here, the 2014 Nonprofit Security Grant

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its initial guidance today. The New York Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) hopes to have the necessary approvals and release their Request for Applications sometime next week. We’ve begun to update our webpage www.jcrcny.org/securitygrants with the 2014 material. The application package for New York nonprofits … Continue reading It’s here, the 2014 Nonprofit Security Grant

Coming soon, the 2014 nonprofit securitygrant

We expect the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to release the guidance on the program to the states on or about March 18th. We don’t expect any major changes in the requirements. New York DHSES will secure the necessary approvals and release their Request for Applications the following week. This year’s budget includes $13 million … Continue reading Coming soon, the 2014 nonprofit securitygrant

Get ready ’cause here it comes*: severe weather

Did you know it’s National Severe Weather Preparedness Week? In 2013, there were seven weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States. These events included five severe weather and tornado events, a major flood event, and the western drought/heat wave. Overall, these events killed 109 people and had significant economic … Continue reading Get ready ’cause here it comes*: severe weather

Lots of phishing going on: Stop, think, click

OK, you’ve heard it over and over…don’t click on unknown links. Well, people, even smart people, don’t listen. You get an email from someone that you know, click on what is said to be a “secure” link and your adventure begins. Now the phisher has you lured in. You’re asked to sign in. A nasty … Continue reading Lots of phishing going on: Stop, think, click

There will be a 2014 grant…soon

Status This year’s budget includes $13 million in federal funding to help protect high-risk non-profit institutions from terrorist attacks. This is a $3 million increase over the fiscal year 2013 funding levels for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program. We don’t know when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will release the guidance on the program … Continue reading There will be a 2014 grant…soon

Threat, yes. Is it credible?

Today, Jewish organizations were made aware of an email threat sent to a national Jewish organization threatening violence.  It is unknown at this time if the threat is credible and no specific locations were named. Given the nature of the email and threat of violence, law enforcement officials are actively investigating the threat. In light of … Continue reading Threat, yes. Is it credible?

Prospects look good for a 2014 grant

Update January 15: Today, the House voted overwhelmingly, 359-67, to approve a $1.1 trillion spending bill for the current fiscal year. It is expected to move quickly through the Senate and be signed by the President. The bill appropriates $13 million for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program, an increase of 30% over last year. Update January … Continue reading Prospects look good for a 2014 grant

JCRC offers $5,000 reward for “knockout” assailants

The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC-NY) announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction (or a finding of delinquency) of individuals responsible for any of the reported, so-called “knockout” assaults in New York City. Michael S. Miller, Executive Vice President and CEO of the Jewish … Continue reading JCRC offers $5,000 reward for “knockout” assailants

New cyberthreats (including CryptoLocker Ransomware)

The FBI and the National Cybersecurity and Communications have identified new computer malware threats and recommend that, “organizations should increase vigilance and evaluate their capabilities encompassing planning, preparation, detection, and response for such an event.” Destructive malware is a direct threat to your daily operations. Because of the increasing sophistication of malware, anyone (employee, client, … Continue reading New cyberthreats (including CryptoLocker Ransomware)

Street closures during UN Week

Due to the visit of world leaders for the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly and other High-Level Meetings, there will be street closures and other traffic restrictions, security check points, and extremely limited parking in the vicinity of the United Nations from Monday, September 23, 2013 through Wednesday, October 2, 2013. See … Continue reading Street closures during UN Week

Schumer, Gillibrand secure over $3.4 million for 39 at-risk Jewish organizations

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND SECURE OVER $3.4 MILLION TO IMPROVE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FOR RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS & ORGANIZATIONS IN-AND-AROUND NYC; GRANTS AWARDED TO 39 AT-RISK JEWISH SCHOOLS AND CONGREGATIONS Schumer and Gillibrand Secured over 30% Of Total Funding For Organizations Based in New York – Out of the Total $10 Million Granted to Awardees Across the Country The … Continue reading Schumer, Gillibrand secure over $3.4 million for 39 at-risk Jewish organizations

Syria: potential repercussions

The escalating drumbeat for military action naturally leads to questions about possible terrorism here in New York. Note: as of today there are no specific, credible threats against New York or the Jewish community. Nevertheless, all Jewish organizations should review their security and emergency preparedness plans to ensure that they are up-to-date and that they … Continue reading Syria: potential repercussions

Nonprofit Security Grant Program 2013 statistics

The US Department of Homeland Security announced the winners of the 2013 NSGP and New York did better than ever. This year, New York State awardees will have to do additional paperwork and we realize that  the requirements may be inappropriate for some of the grantees. JCRC reached out to Gov. Cuomo’s office to request … Continue reading Nonprofit Security Grant Program 2013 statistics

Unrest overseas: security and emergency planning for the High Holidays

International terror alerts and the possibility of U.S. military action in the Middle East remind us that we should devote extra attention to security and emergency planning.  Here are important resources to help make the High Holiday season meaningful, safe and secure. Check out guidance from the JCRC-NY’s and the ADL: Houses of Worship and the … Continue reading Unrest overseas: security and emergency planning for the High Holidays

Is Rosh Hashanah really early this year?

No, it’s always exactly as scheduled. Rosh Chodesh Elul signals that the High Holidays are soon upon us and the international terror alerts remind us that we should devote extra attention to security and emergency planning.  Here are important resources to help make the High Holiday season meaningful, safe and secure: Police briefings. The NYPD (Tuesday, August … Continue reading Is Rosh Hashanah really early this year?

More info on the NYS Sandy grant opportunity

Thanks to Edie Mesick of UJA-Federation of NY’s Government Relations Department for digesting and distributing information on this opportunity. The latest information can be found immediately below. Scroll down for the information on the grant. Additional information has been posted by NYS OCFS on the Federal SSBG RFP opportunity for funding for certain Superstorm Sandy … Continue reading More info on the NYS Sandy grant opportunity

Protecting your cyberlives

DHS has an excellent resource: the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT). Their website has information ranging from Computer Security 101 to advanced information for IT professionals. Remember: Scams, bots and viruses continue to proliferate. Use caution when opening email messages and take the following preventive measures to protect themselves from phishing scams and malware campaigns. … Continue reading Protecting your cyberlives

Updated: Bomb Threat Guidance 2013

Did you hear the one about a forgetful British bridegroom who made a hoax bomb threat rather than admit he’d neglected to book the venue for his wedding? He was sentenced to a year in jail. What should you do if your organization receives a threat? The FBI and DHS released a new “pocket” bomb … Continue reading Updated: Bomb Threat Guidance 2013

#KnowYourZone | New hurricane evacuation zones in NYC

#KnowYourZone. New York City’s Hurricane Evacuation Zones have changed. Hurricane Evacuation Zones 1 through 6 replace Zones A, B, C. Learn what Hurricane Evacuation Zone you live in by going to the Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder, or by calling 311. Click here to read the updated Ready New York: Hurricanes and New York City guide.

The NSGP application period is closed | Next steps

This year, the NY Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services received 228 applications for Nonprofit Security grants. JCRC’s Security Grant Assistance site welcomed nearly 800 unique visitors in just two weeks (we had a national audience), viewing over 4,000 pages of information. FY 2013 NSGP Applications will be reviewed through a two-phased State and … Continue reading The NSGP application period is closed | Next steps

Mail screening: best practices

The recent ricin-laced mailings should serve as a reminder that organizations and leaders should be vigilant about their mail screening processes. This is especially true for Jewish organizations taking public positions on gun violence. A comprehensive “Best Practices for Mail Screening and Handling” guide from DHS is available here. Check out Safe Mail Handling from DHS … Continue reading Mail screening: best practices

Terrorism’s Threat to Cities Large and Small | Ray Kelly

Raymond W. Kelly | Commissioner, NYPD FBI-NEIA Major Cities Chiefs Conference Grapevine, Texas May 29, 2013. Thank you for that introduction Charlie. I want to commend you, the FBI National Executive Institute and the Major City Chiefs for bringing us together and organizing such an excellent conference. A few months ago, as part of the … Continue reading Terrorism’s Threat to Cities Large and Small | Ray Kelly

NY Application Package Released | More JCRC assistance

The NY application package is posted here. (Thank you Val) FY2013 UASI NSGP Request for Applications FY2013 NSGP Investment Justification Template Instructions FY2013 NSGP Investment Justification Template Grantee Responsibility Questionnaire E-Grants Registration E-Grants tutorial NFP 2013 All NY applicants must submit their materials via E-Grants by 11:59 PM on June 10, 2013. Check this blog and … Continue reading NY Application Package Released | More JCRC assistance

NY Nonprofit Security Grant forms here

The recording or the 5/28/2013 webinar will be posted soon at www.jcrcny.org/securitygrants. The NY package should be posted here on Wednesday. If you are impatient, here are the documents (Thank you Val): FY2013 UASI NSGP Request for Applications Grantee Responsibility Questionnaire E-Grants tutorial NFP 2013 Investment Justification 2013 Download the 2013 JCRC-NY Nonprofit Grant Checklist … Continue reading NY Nonprofit Security Grant forms here

Nonprofit Security Grant: Webinar and more info

2013 Nonprofit Security Grant Program Webinar Tuesday, May 28, 2013 2:00 PM Learn about the grant requirements and the NY E-Grants system. Click here to RSVP. You will be sent a confirmation with the connection links. The system requires a high speed computer connection and speakers or headphones. Our friends at NY DHSES are hard at … Continue reading Nonprofit Security Grant: Webinar and more info

Updated: Nonprofit Grants Announcement

FY 2013 Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) Key Dates and Time  This is why we suggested that you start your work. The application window will be very short. Download the preliminary PDF version by clicking FY 2013 NSGP Investment Justification Template and get going now! N.B. It’s a PDF document, you will … Continue reading Updated: Nonprofit Grants Announcement

A peek at the NSGP guidance

Rumor has it that the Nonprofit Security Grant Program guidance will be released on or about May 25th, but that’s just a rumor. If past experience holds, New York organizations will receive 40-50 grants. In preparation for the announcement, the Grants Division of the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency prepared the following for … Continue reading A peek at the NSGP guidance

Do the NYC Readiness Challenge

Try out the NYC Readiness Challenge, a new online tool that: highlights what could happen in the event of an emergency in New York City; and outlines steps users can take to prepare for a disaster. Designed to help New Yorkers learn about emergency preparedness in a fun, engaging way, the NYC Readiness Challenge takes users … Continue reading Do the NYC Readiness Challenge

Patience: There will be a 2013 Nonprofit Security Grant Program

Timing: Yes, everyone is frustrated and we still don’t know when US DHS will release the guidance document for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program. Best guess: third of fourth week of May. New York DHSES will release its application documents soon thereafter. As soon as the guidance is released we will schedule a training session. … Continue reading Patience: There will be a 2013 Nonprofit Security Grant Program

More on our plates: suspicious letters

From the FBI: A second letter containing a granular substance that preliminarily tested positive for ricin was received at an offsite mail screening facility. The envelope, addressed to the President, was immediately quarantined by U.S. Secret Service personnel, and a coordinated investigation with the FBI was initiated. It is important to note that operations at the … Continue reading More on our plates: suspicious letters

Pres. Obama, Mayor Bloomberg, NYPD and Jewish community response to Boston Marathon explosions

President Obama: “The American People Refuse to be Terrorized” Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Kelly Update New Yorkers On Measures the City Is Taking Following Terrorist Attack in Boston Tuesday, April 16, 2013 Read the remarks. We join our colleagues in Boston in shock and sympathy: CJP/JCRC Joint Statement of Sympathy to Victims of Explosions … Continue reading Pres. Obama, Mayor Bloomberg, NYPD and Jewish community response to Boston Marathon explosions

Outrage against Williamsburg mezuzah arsons

A host of officials turned out this morning in support of the Williamsburg Jewish community to decry the burning of 11 mezuzot there. David Pollock offered the following statement: Williamsburg is a community of faith and the mezuzot affixed outside our doors represent our faith in the spiritual protection divinely promised to our ancestors in Egypt … Continue reading Outrage against Williamsburg mezuzah arsons

Conducting Security Assessments: A Guide for Schools and Houses of Worship

Key Dates: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (EDT) Background Information: In support of the Presidential Initiative on Reducing Gun Violence, this virtual roundtable explores how to assess and strengthen security at houses of worship and K-12 schools and will have representatives from the Department of Homeland Security and from religious and educational communities … Continue reading Conducting Security Assessments: A Guide for Schools and Houses of Worship

Reserve now for April 8th workshop|Emergency Planning for Camps

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Budget deal includes nonprofit grant program

The Jewish Federations of North America applauds today’s Congressional approval of $10 million in new funding to nonprofits through the Department of Homeland Security’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). The allocation was included within the just-completed Fiscal Year 2013 Continuing Resolution. Though the win was hard fought amid difficult budget discussions, the approved funding will … Continue reading Budget deal includes nonprofit grant program

Hope for a security grant program in 2013

After conferring with the staffs of key members of both chambers on both sides of the aisle, we are cautiously optimistic that there will another round of grants this year. The efforts to renew the grant program are led by the Washington office of the JCPA. William Daroff, Rob Goldberg, Ron Soloway of UJA-Federation of … Continue reading Hope for a security grant program in 2013

Remembering Ari

Ari Halberstam Memorial Ramp On the anniversary of the 1994 Brooklyn Bridge terrorist shootings, Devorah Halberstam speaks out about gun violence in the NY Daily News: I know too well what guns can do and on NY1 Online: Ari Halberstam’s Mother Speaks Out On Gun Rights. NY1 Online: Mother of Teen Murdered on Brooklyn Bridge Discusses Efforts to Honor … Continue reading Remembering Ari

House passes disaster relief for houses of worship

Thanks to the leadership of our own, Rep. Grace Meng, and Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), the House passed the Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2013 with an overwhelming, bipartisan vote (354 – 72). We are grateful for their support that of the co-sponsors: Rep. Eliot L.Engel, Rep.  Trent Franks, Rep. Michael Grimm, Michael G., Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Rep. Peter … Continue reading House passes disaster relief for houses of worship

Entertaining Disaster Preparedness 101 videos

“A Tale of Disaster and Preparedness,” the fun and informative video series created by the Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee of Greater Kansas City, won first place in the Public Awareness Award of the IAEM. The episodes are 2-3 minutes each, with a lot of good information. View the entire video series on  YouTube. Episode 1: Meet … Continue reading Entertaining Disaster Preparedness 101 videos

Hurray! FEMA extends the nonprofit public assistance deadline

RPA Submission Date Extended to: February 27, 2013 (Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond and Suffolk Counties); March 2, 2013 (Rockland and Westchester Counties); March 13, 2013 (Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster Counties); February 16, 2013 (Greene County) Our review of the submissions indicates that many organizations did not submit a complete application package … Continue reading Hurray! FEMA extends the nonprofit public assistance deadline

Shooters in schools: Protecting our children

Shooters in schools: Protecting our children Jewish Community Relations Council of New York UJA-Federation of New York The Jewish Education Project of New York Westchester Jewish Council & JCRC-Long Island in cooperation with New York City Police Department & other law enforcement partners Tuesday, January 8, 2013 10:30 AM-1:00 PM UJA-Federation of New York 130 … Continue reading Shooters in schools: Protecting our children

FEMA grants extensions for nonprofits and SBA loan applicants

Nonprofit RPA Submission Date Extended to: January 28, 2013 February 27th (Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond and Suffolk Counties); March 2, 2013 (Rockland and Westchester Counties); March 13, 2013 (Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster Counties); February 16, 2013 (Greene County) Documents Applicant’s Brief (Presentation explaining the program) Disaster Fact Sheet (Basic information) Applicant Handbook (Detailed information) … Continue reading FEMA grants extensions for nonprofits and SBA loan applicants

Active shooters, again and again

JCRC, UJA-Federation and the Jewish Education Project will join with the NY Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and NYPD SHIELD for a half day session on “Active Shooters in Schools: Protecting Our Children”. Stay tuned for details. The following recommendations were circulated in July. They are the basis for sound planning. Recommendations (scroll down for resources) There … Continue reading Active shooters, again and again

Sandy Hook shootings: making our children safer

The experts are still assessing the shooting at the elementary school in Newtown, CT and our hearts and prayers go out to the families who lost their precious children. While the authorities gather additional information, the ongoing lesson of active shooter situations is the need for access control (for ideas see Sample Building Access Policies and Procedures from … Continue reading Sandy Hook shootings: making our children safer

FAQ’s re nonprofit disaster assistance: grants vs. loans

Some are confused about the kinds of grants and loans available to nonprofits. If you have any specific questions feel free to contact David Pollock (212.983.4800 x132) or Marcia Eisenberg (212.983.4800 x137) both can be reached at info@jcrcny.org. Here’s a sample of the questions coming to us: Is my nonprofit eligible for a FEMA Public Assistance grant? What if my … Continue reading FAQ’s re nonprofit disaster assistance: grants vs. loans

Kudos to Manhattan DA and NYPD on synagogue bomb plot conviction

NY Times: Queens Man Pleads Guilty in Plot to Blow Up Manhattan Synagogue NY Post: Synagogue bomb plotter gets 10 years after pleading guilty NY Post Editorial: The NYPD’s lesson for the FBI NY Daily News: Queens man pleads guilty to plotting to blow up synagogues Wall Street Journal: Guilty Plea in Terror Case Times of Israel … Continue reading Kudos to Manhattan DA and NYPD on synagogue bomb plot conviction

Considerations for digital & online security at Jewish institutions

The hackings of 82 synagogue websites during Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense by the “Moroccan Ghosts” brought appropriate responses from law enforcement agencies. The intrusions should remind us that cybersecurity is in our own hands. The following recommendations from the ADL make sense.

Loan program for nonprofits impacted by #Sandy

MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES NYC NONPROFIT RECOVERY LOAN PROGRAM FOR NONPROFITS IMPACTED BY HURRICANE SANDY Loan Program will provide at least $26 Million of Interest-Free Loans to Help Nonprofits Rebuild Pro-Bono Lawyers Will Provide Legal Service to Impacted Nonprofits Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced several efforts to support New York City’s nonprofit organizations in the … Continue reading Loan program for nonprofits impacted by #Sandy

Deadline extension for FEMA nonprofit assistance

Many kinds of nonprofit organizations that were affected by #Sandy are eligible for “public assistance” from FEMA. The grants cover at least 75% of an organization’s uninsured and underinsured damages and certain labor and equipment costs directly related to storm response. If you have any specific questions feel free to contact David Pollock (212.983.4800×132) or Marcia Eisenberg (212.983.4800×137) … Continue reading Deadline extension for FEMA nonprofit assistance

Guidance for Synagogues Impacted By #Sandy for Preserving Possibility for Financial Aid from FEMA

Thanks to Nathan Diament of the OU IPA and Jarrod Bernstein of the White House for their work with the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA on the following (adapted from the OU IPA): In the context of Sandy related damage, FEMA provides supplemental funding (after insurance payments are exhausted) for the repair and restoration … Continue reading Guidance for Synagogues Impacted By #Sandy for Preserving Possibility for Financial Aid from FEMA

NYPD steps up security due to Gaza violence

Jewish institutions should take prudent measures to increase their  vigilance. US Postal Inspection Service Guide to Mail Center Security (PDF) Written mainly for large organizations, the Guide will help all organizations to set up solid policies and procedures. Sample Building Access Policies and Procedures (PDF) Learn how to balance the goals of having your institution be both … Continue reading NYPD steps up security due to Gaza violence

FEMA nonprofit aid forms and info

Links to forms for FEMA aid to nonprofits are listed below. If your nonprofit organization suffered damage during the storm, fill out a Request for Public Assistance. By submitting the form you will put yourself in the queue and a team will follow up with your organization. They are responding to applications on a first-come-first-serve … Continue reading FEMA nonprofit aid forms and info

Security Advisory: Pillar of Defense Operation in Gaza

Today, in response to intensified rocket attacks from Gaza, Israel began a military operation named “Operation Amud Anan” or “Pillar of Defense,” targeting Hamas and Islamic Jihad leadership, and rocket launching sites and weapon storage facilities. Between October 22-24, 2012, seventy-seven rockets were launched against Israel, and from November 3-4, 2012, more than 100 were launched, with … Continue reading Security Advisory: Pillar of Defense Operation in Gaza

FEMA meetings on assistance for nonprofits

Please note the meetings below. We don’t yet know which nonprofits will be eligible for FEMA assistance, so it’s best to get the information and to fill out the Request for Public Assistance. Public assistance (Infrastructure Support Program) for Hurricane Sandy-related activities is available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for qualifying nonprofit entities, including hospitals, … Continue reading FEMA meetings on assistance for nonprofits

FEMA Updates | November 10

Additional Disaster Recovery Centers Open 11/10/2012 04:14 PM EST Federal Family and Partners Continue to Support States Impacted by Sandy 11/09/2012 06:51 PM EST | More than $368 million in Individual Assistance Approved for Disaster Survivors Additional Disaster Recovery Centers Open (Suffolk) 11/09/2012 05:07 PM EST

New York Times: Insurance guidance

After the Storm: Your Homeowner’s Claim Reconsidering Flood Insurance

More UJA-Federation aid and other resources

See Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Hurricane Sandy information page for links to recovery resources. As part of our new Connect to Recovery initiative to help people hurt by Hurricane Sandy, UJA-Federation today made the first $1.3 million in allocations to network agencies, synagogues, and day school families. The initial allocations, authorized by a committee of lay … Continue reading More UJA-Federation aid and other resources

FEMA Communications: November 8

Be prepared for the FEMA home inspection 11/08/2012 10:10 AM EST Disaster Recovery Centers serving hurricane survivors 11/08/2012 10:06 AM EST Hurricane Sandy – FEMA Building Science Resources In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, FEMA Buildings Science is working hard to assist those affected.  Please visit the FEMA Building Science Hurricane Sandy website for guidance that can help the … Continue reading FEMA Communications: November 8

FEMA Announcements

FEMA Announces Temporary Housing Rental Assistance Increase in New York and New Jersey 11/07/2012 12:49 PM EST FEMA approves $156 million in individual assistance for New York’s Sandy Survivors  11/07/2012 10:15 AM EST Federal Family and Partners Continue to Support States Impacted by Sandy 11/06/2012 09:07 PM EST More than $251 million in Individual Assistance Approved for Disaster Survivors … Continue reading FEMA Announcements

After #Sandy: Preserving books, heirlooms and memories

Among the ruins left in #Sandy’s path are precious photographs and sacred books. The Library of Congress has a webpage here devoted to the immediate response actions that can be taken to save affected materials and prevent further damage, including: What to do if collections get wet A Primer on Disaster Preparedness, Management and Response: … Continue reading After #Sandy: Preserving books, heirlooms and memories

After #Sandy: Rockland and Westchester included

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that #Westchester and #Rockland counties have been added to the Major Disaster declaration. Both counties have been designated for Individual Assistance and Public Assistance Category A and B, as well as DFA Direct Federal Assistance. #NYGov. Cuomo  Residents should follow the steps in After #Sandy: Recovery 101 to access assistance.  

Disaster mental health guidance

Our friend Ali Gheith, MS, CEM, (Coordinator of Population Based Resilience at the Office of Mental Health Disaster Preparedness & Response, NYC Dept. Of Health And Mental Hygiene) sent us these helpful tip sheets: Protecting Children from Disturbing Media Reports During Traumatic Events Coping with Stressful Events Tips on Taking Care of Your Family During Stressful and … Continue reading Disaster mental health guidance

After Sandy: Recovery 101

For a good overview of all federal programs click to the Federal Disaster Relief Funding Assistance Hurricane Sandy Guidebook. This guide and the information below is NY-specific but the basic information and steps involved apply throughout the region. General guidance The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals and some organizations in Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New … Continue reading After Sandy: Recovery 101

A Refresher on Hurricane Deductibles and Flood Coverage

Will your insurance cover damage from #Sandy? Here’s a refresher on hurricane deductibles and flood coverage.

Federal Aid Programs for State of New York Disaster Recovery

OCTOBER 30, 2012 Release Number: HQ-12-123Factsheet Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama’s major disaster declaration issued for New York. Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required: Rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable.  Initial assistance … Continue reading Federal Aid Programs for State of New York Disaster Recovery

President designates NY major disaster area

The costs associated with Sandy will run into the billions.As we assess the damage from the storm it is reassuring to know that help is on the way. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of New York and ordered federal … Continue reading President designates NY major disaster area

It’s gonna get a whole lot worse before it gets better: Sandy Expected to Bring Life-Threatening Storm Surge, Coastal Hurricane Winds

A very large and dangerous Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall along the central N.J. coast later this evening or tonight, bringing high winds and storm surges. The National Weather Service notes that current conditions will allow Sandy to maintain or increase in intensity (it has already surpassed the previous record holder — the … Continue reading It’s gonna get a whole lot worse before it gets better: Sandy Expected to Bring Life-Threatening Storm Surge, Coastal Hurricane Winds

Large and dangerous Sandy: mandatory evacuations, limited transportation, closed schools

The size and track of Sandy leads the experts and government officials to conclude that it will be dangerous.  The heavy wind and rains increase the likelihood of flooding, fallen trees, blocked roads and power outages, so weather conditions should be closely monitored. Do not take this storm lightly. Monitor its progress and follow the … Continue reading Large and dangerous Sandy: mandatory evacuations, limited transportation, closed schools

‘Frankenstorm’ poses a threat to NYC area and beyond

As you’ve probably heard in the media, Hurricane Sandy (now dubbed ‘Frankenstorm’, will move northward through the Bahamas on Friday, bringing tropical storm conditions to the east coast of Florida. Tropical storm conditions are possible in the Carolinas Saturday and Saturday night. Sandy is expected to turn toward the northeast on Saturday, followed by a … Continue reading ‘Frankenstorm’ poses a threat to NYC area and beyond

Tracking Sandy: Tropical Trouble Could Become Menace to Northeast

The forecasters are crunching a lot of data, but there is the possibility of a sprawling storm at the beginning of next week. It is unlikely that this storm will have the same impact as last year’s, Irene. However, there is the likelihood of heavy rains, high winds and downed trees. There’s no reason to panic, but … Continue reading Tracking Sandy: Tropical Trouble Could Become Menace to Northeast

Making your sefer Torah safer

Thanks to Tablet for the Simchat Torah repost of their great Vanessa Davis cartoon on the Universal Torah Registry, a secure, inexpensive and halachicly permissible method of adding a “fingerprint” to Torah and other scrolls. If your Torahs are not registered you can make them safer. Click here.

UN General Assembly Street Closings

NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES STREET CLOSURES AND EXPECTED TRAFFIC DELAYS RELATING TO THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY  The New York City Police Department today announced street closures and anticipated traffic delays relating to the United Nations General Assembly. The United Nations is located at 1st Avenue and 42nd Street. The use of public … Continue reading UN General Assembly Street Closings

NYPD gives “special attention” to synagogues; ADL says embassy violence demands increased vigilence

Office of the Chief of Community Affairs Informational: The High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah Rosh Hashanah is translated as “head of the year” and is the beginning of the Jewish New Year. This is considered to be a time of devotion and prayer to the Almighty to decree a long, spiritually enriching life, as … Continue reading NYPD gives “special attention” to synagogues; ADL says embassy violence demands increased vigilence

NYPD High Holiday Briefing: Increased vigilance

Unfortunately, some of it sounded familiar. At the NYPD High Holiday Briefing on September 5th, NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly reported that, once again, the Jewish High Holidays brought with them heightened threats against Jewish institutions. Fortunately, the NYPD will respond with additional coverage. Commissioner Kelly invited Michael S. Miller, Executive VP & CEO of the … Continue reading NYPD High Holiday Briefing: Increased vigilance

It’s Elul — planning security for the High Holidays

As the High Holidays approach, organizations should be refining their security arrangements, along with their other planning obligations. Those responsible for synagogue security are not alone. Some important resources follow: Attend the NYPD High Holiday Security Briefing with Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly at One Police Plaza on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 11AM. RSVP’s … Continue reading It’s Elul — planning security for the High Holidays

New hack attack on websites

For those of you with websites. The problem There is a relatively new attack on websites hitting MySQL. If you don’t understand this, check with your techie or your ISP to confirm if your website is vulnerable. How do you know that you’ve been compromised? Google is ever alert and will mark your site as “dangerous”. … Continue reading New hack attack on websites

Risks to Religious Facilities-NYSDHSES

Click here for an excellent analysis from the New York Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Again, active shooters

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the shootings in Colorado. The greatest horror is the realization that such incidents are all-too-easy to commit. How should organizations plan to protect their students, staff, congregants and others? Recommendations (scroll down for resources) There are no perfect solutions, but planning and training can mitigate active … Continue reading Again, active shooters

NYPD adds extra patrols after Bulgarian attack

There is a possibility of copycat attacks. Jewish organizations are advised to increase their level of vigilance. From WNBC News: The NYPD is putting extra patrols and security in place in Jewish communities and synagogues Wednesday, after a deadly explosion on a bus in Bulgaria carrying Israeli tourists, department spokesman Paul Browne said. Four people … Continue reading NYPD adds extra patrols after Bulgarian attack

Schumer, Gillibrand on Homeland Security grants.

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND SECURE OVER $3.4 MILLION TO IMPROVE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FOR 42 AT RISK JEWISH SCHOOLS AND CONGREGATIONS Schumer and Gillibrand Secured over 30% Of Total Funding For Organizations Based in New York Out of the Total $10 Million Granted to Awardees Across the Country The Awardees Include 42 Jewish Educational Institutions and Congregations; The … Continue reading Schumer, Gillibrand on Homeland Security grants.

Anti Zionist Email

The staffs of several organizations received emails that are distinctly anti-Zionist, if not anti-Semitic. If you receive such an email please report it to the NYPD at 1-888-NYC-SAFE and forward it to pollockd@jcrcny.org.

Nonprofit Security Grant Program 2012 statistics

NY has 43 Nonprofit security grantees receiving $3.1 million

On Friday FEMA released its Fiscal Year 2012 Preparedness Grant Programs Allocation Announcement. This year the United States Department of Homeland Security allocated a total of $10,000,000 in funding support for target hardening and other physical security enhancements and activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack and located within one of the … Continue reading NY has 43 Nonprofit security grantees receiving $3.1 million

NY Nonprofit grant applications submitted. Results? Maybe June 29th.

Progress report. After ranking each completed (not all were) application, New York’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (NY DHSES) submitted a record 283 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) files (Investment Justifications) to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for final review. Nationally, there will be a total of $10 million in grants this … Continue reading NY Nonprofit grant applications submitted. Results? Maybe June 29th.

Free threat assessment course@OEM 6/28-6/29

Update: White powder through the mail

Update: Preliminary investigation revealed all suspicious letters received in Manhattan offices today to be non-toxic.  Additional testing of the substances is pending. Several of the envelopes had the following return address: 400 Sunrise Highway, Amityville, NY  11701 If you receive mail with this return address, call 911 immediately.  DO NOT OPEN the envelope or handle … Continue reading Update: White powder through the mail

NYPD Pre-Passover Intelligence Analysis

Mitchell D. Silber (Director, Intelligence Analysis, NYPD Intelligence Division)  reviewed recent New York-based plots by Al Qaeda-inspired and self-radicalized individuals, such as the May 2011 plot by Ahmed Ferhani and Mohamed Mamdouh to detonate bombs at Manhattan synagogues and the case of Jose Pimentel, AKA Muhammad Yusuf, who was arrested last November as he constructed … Continue reading NYPD Pre-Passover Intelligence Analysis

NYPD Holds Annual Pre-Passover Briefing

Officials Review Recent Threats Including Shooting Attack in Toulouse, France and Implications for New York City During Meeting with Jewish Community Leaders  Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly presided Tuesday over the New York City Police Department’s pre-Passover briefing, an annual conference at which religious and community leaders are provided information on the current threat environment … Continue reading NYPD Holds Annual Pre-Passover Briefing

April 16th deadline for NY Nonprofit Security Grant submissions approaching

New York organizations wishing to apply for nonprofit security grants have just two weeks to submit their applications, which are due by 11:59 PM on April 16, 2012. The package must be submitted via the NY Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services E-Grant system. For more information, links to forms and tips; visit www.jcrcny.org/securitygrants. … Continue reading April 16th deadline for NY Nonprofit Security Grant submissions approaching

Gillibrand calls on feds to boost anti-terror funding for religious nonprofits

Senator Urges Greater Federal Investment to Provide Synagogues, Churches, Community Centers with Additional Resources to Protect Against the Threat of Terrorist Attacks  After a recent terror attack that took the lives of three young children, a rabbi, and three French soldiers at a Jewish school, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today called on the federal … Continue reading Gillibrand calls on feds to boost anti-terror funding for religious nonprofits

NYPD analysis and response to Toulouse attack

NYPD responseAlthough there is no known specific threat against New York City, the NYPD has taken the precaution of stepping up coverage of Jewish neighborhoods and institutions in the city, including special attention by the NYPD Patrol Bureau to synagogues, and the NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau’s assignment of the Critical Response Vehicles to Jewish institutions and … Continue reading NYPD analysis and response to Toulouse attack

NYPD response to NY Times editorial

New York Times is Wrong: NYPD Lawfully Thwarts Terror & Suppresses Violence The New York Times is wrong in claiming in an editorial that the NYPD overstepped constitutional guarantees in protecting New Yorkers from violent crime and terrorism. The Times continues to ignore the fact that the NYPD operates under a judicial federal accord in … Continue reading NYPD response to NY Times editorial

Terror attack at school in France

Jerusalem Post: Gunman opens fire outside Ozar Hatorah school before fleeing the scene on scooter; teacher and two of his children among dead, several wounded; Jewish official: This was an anti-Semitic attack. JTA: A man riding a motorbike reportedly opened fire outside the Ozar Hatorah School, where students were waiting to enter the building at the … Continue reading Terror attack at school in France

Training: Learn how to do your own risk assessment

Organizations wishing to do their own risk assessment for their Nonprofit Security Grant Program application should consider attending this workshop. It is good knowledge to have. Training – Enhanced Threat and Risk Assessment Course for Faith Based Organizations – March 22-23, 2012On March 22 and 23 (9 AM – 5 PM) at the NYC Office … Continue reading Training: Learn how to do your own risk assessment

Security Grant Package Released-Due April 16

The FY 2012 Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) has been posted on the DHSES website and is ready for immediate action by interested eligible nonprofits.  A maximum of up to $75,000 in grant funds can be applied for.   The RFA and other required documents can be found at  http://www.dhses.ny.gov/grants/rfa-uasi-nsgp.cfm . … Continue reading Security Grant Package Released-Due April 16

Nonprofit security grants: details and training

New York Nonprofit Homeland Security Grant application will be available next week and due mid-April 2012 Grant workshops & webinar scheduled for Monday, March 12, 2012 Nonprofit Security Grant Application Workshop Monday, March 12, 2012 Join us in person in Manhattan or Westchester or via a live webinar of the workshop on your desktop computer … Continue reading Nonprofit security grants: details and training

Nonprofit Security Grant Program 2012 announced

On February 17th, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its guidance for a number of preparedness grant programs, including the Nonprofit Security Grant Program. Program Overview and Priorities The FY 2012 NSGP provides $10,000,000 in funding support for target hardening and other physical security enhancements and activities to nonprofit organizations that are at … Continue reading Nonprofit Security Grant Program 2012 announced

Mitchell Silber: The Iranian Threat to New York City

In The Wall Street Journal, Mitchell Silber, director of intelligence analysis for the NYPD, writes that as the conflict with Iran over its nuclear program heats up, New York City—with its large Jewish population—becomes an increasingly attractive target. Get more information to secure your Jewish institution at www.jcrcny.org/security.

Jewish Week articles re Jewish security

The Case For Ray Kelly:Tuesday, February 7, 2012 | Alan S. Jaffe, Michael S. Miller and David M. Pollock   ‘Soft’ Target Threat Gets Community’s Attention: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 | Adam Dickter | Assistant Managing Editor  Get more information to secure your Jewish institution at www.jcrcny.org/security.

Worrying about Iran

For years, intelligence sources have concluded that a confrontation over Iran’s nuclear program could have spillback here in New York City. The 1994 bombing of the AMIA building in Buenos Aires shows that Iranian intelligence operatives and Hezbollah terrorists have no compunctions about killing Jews. Last summer’s interrupted plot to kill the Saudi Ambassador in … Continue reading Worrying about Iran

Prospects for NSGP 2012

Will there be a Nonprofit Security Grant Program in 2012?On December 23rd, the President signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Bill for FY2012, including funding for Homeland Security. The bill contained contained changes to the 12 current Homeland Security State and Local Grant Programs. For the first time, Congress included the Nonprofit Security Grant Program … Continue reading Prospects for NSGP 2012

White supremacist may pose a threat

UPDATE: December 29. Danny Warner was arrested by local police in Lake Havasu, Arizona without incident. He is being charged with being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition, and there are additional charges expected. A known White supremacist might pose a security threat to Jews or Jewish institutions, probably in the South. He is considered … Continue reading White supremacist may pose a threat

Traveling with Personal Internet-Enabled Devices

National Cyber Alert System Cyber Security Tip ST11-001 Holiday Traveling with Personal Internet-Enabled Devices The internet is at our fingertips with the widespread use of internet-enabled devices such as smart phones and tablets. When traveling and shopping anytime, and especially during the holidays, consider the wireless network you are using when you complete transactions on … Continue reading Traveling with Personal Internet-Enabled Devices

Another parcel bomb in Europe

The reports of a second parcel bomb in Europe raises obvious concerns. Organizations should be reviewing their mail handling procedures. See the links on the previous blog posting or at the JCRC Security Resources page. Get more information to secure your Jewish institution at www.jcrcny.org/security.

Explosive Device Sent to Bank CEO

The NYPD confirmed that a mail (package) explosive device was addressed and sent to CEO, Dr. Joseph Ackermann of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt, Germany.  The package was detected by x-ray technology inside the mail room.  The package did not detonate.   An investigation is ongoing.We suggest that you review our previous posts:Rethinking mail screening and More … Continue reading Explosive Device Sent to Bank CEO

Hate crime reports released

2010 FBI Report Released/ADL studies Intimidation…vandalism…assault…rape…murder. These are crimes by anyone’s definition. But add an element of bias against the victims—because of their race or religion, for example—and these traditional crimes become hate crimes. And based on data from the FBI’s  Hate Crime Statistics report for 2010, the 6,628 hate crime incidents reported to us by our … Continue reading Hate crime reports released

Shocking arson in Flatbush

Statement of Michael S. Miller Executive Vice President and CEO We were shocked to learn of the horrific arson of cars — with accompanying anti-Semitic messages — on Ocean Parkway in Flatbush. We are gratified that the precinct and the Hate Crimes Task Force are investigating and are confident that the NYPD will follow the … Continue reading Shocking arson in Flatbush

Airport x-rays, new technology

Update (Aug. 6, 2012) : See New York Times, X-Ray Scans at Airports Leave Lingering Worries   So-called backscatter X-ray scanners are in use at 36 airports in the United States, and questions persist about their safety. The JCRC was invited by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) to join a group of religious leaders to critique … Continue reading Airport x-rays, new technology

On Nov. 9th remember: it’s only a test

FEMA wants everyone to know about the upcoming, nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) test on Wednesday, November 9th at 2PM.All broadcast stations are scheduled to participate. Although the EAS is frequently used by State and local governments to send weather alerts and other emergency information, there has never been a national activation of the system. … Continue reading On Nov. 9th remember: it’s only a test

Sukkoth+wind swept heavy rains=flying debris

The National Weather Service predicts 1-1.5 inches of rain will fall today with winds from 15-20 mph, accompanied by gusts to 30 mph along the coast. Stronger wind is expected Thursday as the system exits the area.The New York City Office of Emergency Management notes that there is a risk that Sukkoth may be compromised.  Individuals and … Continue reading Sukkoth+wind swept heavy rains=flying debris

Less than a month left to apply/register for FEMA assistance

FEMA and NY State offer various grants and loans for victims of Irene. Damages and repairs not covered by insurance may be eligible for grants or loans through FEMA. If your insurance carrier has denied your claim or the settlement does not adequately cover your costs, we advise you to register before October 31st. If … Continue reading Less than a month left to apply/register for FEMA assistance

Assistance for Irene’s damage

In the wake of Hurricane Irene, individual assistance is available for homeowners, renters and small businesses in Bronx, Kings, Queens and Richmond counties.  In addition, public assistance is available for NYC agencies and eligible Private Not for Profits (PNPs) that sustained damage or have response/recovery costs associated with Hurricane Irene (DR 4020) in all 5 … Continue reading Assistance for Irene’s damage

9/11 Anniversary Threat

For weeks counterterrorism officials have spoken of the possibility of a terrorist incident coinciding with 9/11. Tonight, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, Matt Chandler, called the threat “specific, credible, but unconfirmed.” Another official said American intelligence agencies were urgently pursuing leads overseas in an effort to gauge the seriousness of the threat. … Continue reading 9/11 Anniversary Threat

President Declares Disaster For New York

As expected, the President agreed to Gov. Cuomo’s request and has designated areas in New York to receive disaster aid. The Presidential declaration is in two parts: Individuals. Those living in Albany, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Greene, Schenectady, Schoharie, and Ulster counties can qualify for assistance that can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, … Continue reading President Declares Disaster For New York

Mayor Bloomberg’s Press Conference Highlights

Evacuation Because Irene is now bearing down on us at a faster speed, we are issuing a mandatory evacuation order for New Yorkers who live in the low-lying Zone “A” coastal areas in all five boroughs that are at greatest risk of damage related to Irene, including all parts of the Rockaways. City Health Commissioner … Continue reading Mayor Bloomberg’s Press Conference Highlights

Mandatory evacuations and more

Irene has the potential to be a very serious storm in our area. Mayor Bloomberg has ordered a mandatory evacuation of Evacuation Zone A (including Coney Island and Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn, Far Rockaway and Broad Channel in Queens, South Beach, Midland Beach, and other low-lying areas on Staten Island, and Battery Park City in … Continue reading Mandatory evacuations and more

Nassau County Guidance

  Get more information to secure your Jewish institution at www.jcrcny.org/security.

Irene is closing in

NYC OEM is working with the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center and report the following for planning purposes only: Storm track. The storm track is changing and moving west, putting the metropolitan area into the track of Hurricane Irene. They now predict a strong Category I or a weak Category II hurricane, … Continue reading Irene is closing in

The FBI’s Child ID App

Download: On iTunes (Apple) On Google Play (Android) You’re shopping at the mall with your children when one of them suddenly disappears. A quick search of the nearby area is unsuccessful. What do you do?  Now there’s a free new tool from the FBI that can help. Our just launched Child ID app—the first mobile … Continue reading The FBI’s Child ID App

Thinking about camp security

Our hearts and prayers go out to the relatives of the victims of the two attacks in Norway. There is no credible intelligence about any other plans to attack camps, or that there are plans to attack Jewish camps, in particular. Still, it is appropriate for us to ask, what are the lessons learned from … Continue reading Thinking about camp security

Teaching our children how to cope and what to do

  Safety for children. In light of the tragedy in Boro Park, we should be reaching out to parents, urging them to have discussions with their children about basic issues of personal safety. The tips below are from the NYPD and are a good start. Helping children cope. In light of the Leiby Kletzky  a”h … Continue reading Teaching our children how to cope and what to do

The search for Leiby Kletzky

Hard-nosed reporters are amazed by the community response supporting the search for Leiby Kletzky, aged 8. He was last seen leaving his camp Monday at 5PM. Since the missing person report was filed, the NYPD (mobilizing every possible resource) and the Jewish community have worked together closely. Alerts, robo-calls to community residents, missing person posters … Continue reading The search for Leiby Kletzky

First look: Nonprofit Security Grant guidlines: 2011

Timing. The US Department of Homeland Security released its guidance for the 2011 Nonprofit Security Grant Program and applications from nonprofit organizations are due to be submitted to state authorities by 11:59 PM on June 9, 2011. The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (NYS DHSES) and the lead agencies in … Continue reading First look: Nonprofit Security Grant guidlines: 2011

Details of May 11th Terror Arrests

  This afternoon Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a press conference to announce the arrest of two suspects accused of plotting to bomb a major synagogue in Manhattan. Michael Miller and David Pollock of the JCRC were invited and attended. Watch the video of the press conference in low or high bandwidth. Mayor Bloomberg explained in … Continue reading Details of May 11th Terror Arrests

JCRC commends Mayor, NYPD and DA in Terror Arrests

JCRC President Alan S. Jaffe and Executive Vice President & CEO Michael S. Miller said in a statement:  The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC-NY) highly commends Mayor Michael Bloomberg, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance on the interception and arrest of two would-be terrorists from Queens, New York. … Continue reading JCRC commends Mayor, NYPD and DA in Terror Arrests

May 11th arrests reinforce need for heightened vigilance

Media outlets report the arrest of two individuals allegedly engaged in a terror plot in New York. See the NY Post article here. Law enforcement officials have not yet released details, but the article states: “One source said the man was trying to buy a handgun and talked about attacking a synagogue.” The NYPD is … Continue reading May 11th arrests reinforce need for heightened vigilance

NSPG release postponed; JCRC webinar postponed, too

New release date. The release date (official commencement of the grant cycle) for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) guidelines is now tentatively  set for Tuesday, May 17th (not May 9th as previously reported). The US Department of Homeland Security sends these e sent to the states (i.e., NY Department of Homeland Security and Emergency … Continue reading NSPG release postponed; JCRC webinar postponed, too

Heighten awareness, register for nonprofit grant seminar

Jewish organizations should have heightened awareness in light of the current situation. Start your Nonprofit Security Grant application now, the application period is likely to be shortened. Grant training webinar scheduled for Thursday, May 12th. Get more info at: /securitygrants Law enforcement and Homeland Security officials are counseling that Americans should heighten their awareness regarding … Continue reading Heighten awareness, register for nonprofit grant seminar

More info on Nonprofit Security Grant Program

Thanks to the great work of Rob Goldberg we have some preliminary information from DHS. DHS currently expects to release the guidance to the state on May 9th.  The DHSES staff (aka our friends in Albany) will then put out the Request For Applications just as soon as they reasonably can. The most significant change … Continue reading More info on Nonprofit Security Grant Program

Nonprofit Security Program on track, get started now

Bottom line: We don’t know when the formal application period will commence, but the submission period is likely to be shorter than in previous years. Download last year’s Investment Justification document and get started now. The changes in the Investment Justification should be minimal, if any.    Update from Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). … Continue reading Nonprofit Security Program on track, get started now

Lessons learned: Common Sense and Vigilence Prevail

The suspect in the Santa Monica bombing was arrested yesterday. The backstory is interesting: He arrived in Cleveland and went to an Orthodox synagogue, asked to see the rabbi. His story was compelling . . .he was traveling to NYC for treatment at Sloan-Kettering and needed a meal and a place to stay.  Most of … Continue reading Lessons learned: Common Sense and Vigilence Prevail

Santa Monica suspect may be on the move.

The Santa Monica Police Department is circulating the information below. The ADL reports that, “Southern California law enforcement has told us that they have reason to believe that the suspect is outside of the Los Angeles area and is headed for the East Coast. Accordingly, they have asked us to share this information nationwide.” Jewish … Continue reading Santa Monica suspect may be on the move.

Pipe bomb or not: Lessons learned

JCRC and its law enforcement partners try to convey the latest and best information possible. The explosion outside the Chabad synagogue in Santa Monica demonstrates the difficulty of disseminating information in real time makes us think about “lessons learned.” Problem. Initial reports are often sketchy and sometimes wrong. What should I do? Lesson learned: JCRC will continue … Continue reading Pipe bomb or not: Lessons learned

Update. No pipe bomb

From NYPD Shield: Local authorities are stating that the explosion that occurred near a synagogue in Santa Monica, California, was caused by a utility line. Get more information to secure your Jewish institution at www.jcrcny.org/security.

Reported pipe bomb explodes outside Chabad House in Santa Monica

From NYPD Shield: News agencies are reporting there was an explosion outside a synagogue in Santa Monica, California. There are no immediate reports of injuries and local police have not confirmed the cause of the explosion or if the temple was deliberately targeted. We will continue to monitor this event and will advise of any … Continue reading Reported pipe bomb explodes outside Chabad House in Santa Monica

Brooklyn and Rockland institutions now eligible for snow reimbursements

FEMA just added four new counties to their original disaster declaration resulting from the December 26th blizzard, including Columbia, Dutchess, Kings and Rockland counties. See their announcement here.Qualifying nonprofits may receive an 87.5% reimbursement of their direct and documented snow removal costs. Although there may be an extension of the deadline, organizations should work under … Continue reading Brooklyn and Rockland institutions now eligible for snow reimbursements

Another stopgap measure? Draft your responses now.

Pressure is growing in Congress for House and Senate leaders to resolve their differences on a long-term spending bill for FY2011.  The sixth and likely final short-term stop-gap spending measure (Continuing Resolution) for FY2011 is expected to be approved and signed into law by the President by the end of this week.  It will remain … Continue reading Another stopgap measure? Draft your responses now.

Funds available for Dec 26 blizzard snow removal

New York State recently received a disaster declaration for the blizzard/snow event that occurred on December 26th, 2011. Qualifying organizations affected by the blizzard will be reimbursed for 87.5% of their direct and documented snow removal costs covering a 48 hour period between December 26-27 (you might be able to choose a 48 hour period … Continue reading Funds available for Dec 26 blizzard snow removal

Still no budget, still no grant process

Rob Goldberg’s latest budget and appropriations activities update: The current fiscal year (FY2011) budget remains unfinished — a delay of nearly 6 months and counting.  Until the process is completed, the Department of Homeland Security will not commence the next round of the Nonprofit Security Grant Program.  Through the current temporary spending measure that is … Continue reading Still no budget, still no grant process

JDC AIDS CHRISTCHURCH EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is working with the Jewish community of Christchurch, New Zealand to aid survivors of the city’s devastating earthquake. JDC funding will contribute to Christchurch Jewish community efforts to repair a damaged local synagogue and homes, replace household goods, provide financial stipends and temporary relocation costs, and support community-service … Continue reading JDC AIDS CHRISTCHURCH EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS

Nonprofit Security Grant Update III

Rob Goldberg of the Washington Office of JFNA explains: As many of you know, the President published his budget recommendations for the fiscal year 2012 budget cycle, which begins October 1st.  With this measure, Congress commences its consideration of the budget and appropriations processes for the session.  Meanwhile, Congress has not yet completed work on the … Continue reading Nonprofit Security Grant Update III

Hopefully, the nonprofit grant process will begin before Pesach; get started now

Status Update. (from Rob Goldberg, JFNA Washington Office)As you may be aware, Congress has not completed the fiscal year 2011 Appropriations bills for the fiscal year that began on October 1, 2010 and expires on September 30, 2011. This week, the House will determine its overall spending levels for the remainder of FY2011. Using the … Continue reading Hopefully, the nonprofit grant process will begin before Pesach; get started now

Security grants update

 January 18, 2011 Dear Homeland Security Grantees and Other Interested Parties: As you may be aware, Congress has not completed the fiscal year 2011 Appropriations bills for the fiscal year that began on October 1, 2010 and expires on September 30, 2011. A stopgap spending measures (Continuing Resolution or CR) is currently in place that … Continue reading Security grants update

Incendiary Packages Target Government Buildings in Maryland

NYPD SHIELD Terrorism AssessmentOpen Source AssessmentJanuary 6, 2011 Information cutoff: 4:00 PMNYPD Counterterrorism Bureau Terrorism Threat Analysis Group Key points. Two packages ignited shortly after being opened in two separate government buildings in Maryland. Investigators are examining two additional suspicious packages in a courthouse and a state office building in Baltimore. The first device ignited … Continue reading Incendiary Packages Target Government Buildings in Maryland

UK terror arrests a reminder: threat is real

The UK Christmas bombing campaign by nine alleged terrorists primarily targeted iconic sites such as the London Stock Exchange, Big Ben, the Millennium Wheel and the American Embassy in London. The religious sites on their list included Westminster Abbey and two British synagogues and rabbis (The CST is the lead British organization dealing with Jewish security, see their … Continue reading UK terror arrests a reminder: threat is real

JCRC commends NYPD & Shomrim in Hate Crime arrest

Alan Jaffe, President and Michael S. Miller, Executive Vice President and CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York commended the actions of the NYPD and the Williamsburg Shomrim Patrol, saying: “The arrests of two individuals show what can happen when the NYPD and the community work together. It was great teamwork.” Monday … Continue reading JCRC commends NYPD & Shomrim in Hate Crime arrest

More tips for package screening

Wall Street Journal, “Focus on Cargo Security Steps”, November 1, 2010 We continue to advise Jewish institutions to carefully screen their mail and packages. Be suspicious of any item coming from an unknown sender, especially unknown senders from overseas. If you receive a package from an unknown sender and suspect that it could be an … Continue reading More tips for package screening

Rethinking mail screening

Due to critical intelligence information two sophisticated explosive devices shipped via air cargo with explosives were intercepted before detonation. John Brennan, the deputy national security adviser, said on Sunday that there might be additional devices like the two discovered last Friday. Both of these packages were addressed to former addresses of synagogues in the Chicago … Continue reading Rethinking mail screening

Plot Involving Suspicious Packages

Key Points from the NYPD Since Thursday night, law enforcement officials identified two suspicious packages addressed to two synagogues in Chicago.  Initial reports indicate that the packages contain explosive material. Forensic analysis is underway.  The packages were discovered in Dubai and East Midlands Airport in the United Kingdom.  Cargo planes at Newark International Airport and … Continue reading Plot Involving Suspicious Packages

Yemen package alert requires increased vigilance

The JUF in Chicago issued an alert to Jewish institutions to be on the alert for suspicious packages that might be coming via UPS, FedEx, or by other means.The warning comes after a suspicious package, which contained a “manipulated” toner cartridge, was found Thursday night on a Chicago-bound cargo plane from Yemen, according to CNN. … Continue reading Yemen package alert requires increased vigilance

JCRC-NY applauds conviction in Riverdale synagogue bombing case

The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York salutes the work of the prosecutors who won the conviction of four men who plotted to bomb two synagogues in Riverdale and shoot down a plane at the Stewart Air National Guard Base.  The conviction was based on the stellar work of the New York Joint Terrorism Task … Continue reading JCRC-NY applauds conviction in Riverdale synagogue bombing case

Tornado Watch Guidance

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for most of southern New York State and NJ. Click on the links for more localized information.  A tornado watch defines an area shaped like a parallelogram, where tornadoes and other kinds of severe weather are possible in the next several hours. It does not mean … Continue reading Tornado Watch Guidance

TSA Guidance on Lulav, Etrog, et. al.

  The TSA released the following guidance: Religious Holiday of Sukkot September 13, 2010 The travel period for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot is from September 19 through October 4, 2010. Observant Jewish travelers may carry four plants – a palm branch, myrtle twigs, willow twigs, and a citron – in airports and through security … Continue reading TSA Guidance on Lulav, Etrog, et. al.

Hurricane Earl may visit: Are you ready?

As of this posting, Hurricane Earl is a Category 4 storm in the Caribbean. Forecasters predict that Earl will move up the East Coast and pass 100-200 miles off of Montauk as a Tropical Storm on Friday night/Saturday morning (see Shabbat tips below). The heavy wind and rains increase the likelihood of flooding, fallen trees, … Continue reading Hurricane Earl may visit: Are you ready?

View “Keeping your High Holiday Services Safe and Secure” webinar materials

“Access control considerations during high holiday services” (PDF) Dov Horwitz, Security Specialist, JCRC-NY  “Tips on detecting hostile surveillance” (PDF) Paul DeMatties, Senior Advisor on Corporate Security Programs and Director of the Counter-Terrorism Assessment Program, John Jay College of Criminal Justice “Planning for the unexpected: High Holiday edition” (PDF) David Pollock, JCRC-NY View a video transcript … Continue reading View “Keeping your High Holiday Services Safe and Secure” webinar materials

Protect yourself and your community from West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus has been found in all five boroughs during this mosquito season (June through October) So far this year; four New York City residents have been diagnosed with West Nile virus. West Nile virus is spread to people by infected mosquitoes.  Protecting yourself from mosquito bites is the best way to avoid West Nile … Continue reading Protect yourself and your community from West Nile Virus

Nonprofit Security Grant results released

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced grants of $19 million in the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) to non-profit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack. New York organizations fared particularly well, with 83 winners (71 in NYC) qualifying for $4,995,121 in federal funding to support target-hardening activities. … Continue reading Nonprofit Security Grant results released

Coping with the heat and power outages

With the extreme heat affecting the New York City area energy consumption is, and will be, at record levels and ConEd  requested that customers conserve energy (check out these tips). Blackouts are already occurring throughout the city and more are inevitable. Many simple steps can help you prepare accordingly, both to keep people safe and … Continue reading Coping with the heat and power outages

Hate begets hate: Westboro Baptist Church exposed

Over the last year the Westboro Baptist Church picketed Jewish organizations in the NYC metropolitan area on several occasions. Find out more about them and their tactics from the ABC News report: Raised to Hate: Kids of Westboro Baptist Church.http://abcnews.go.com/assets/player/walt2.6/flash/SFP_Walt.swf var s_account = “wdgnewabcnews,wdgasec”; Get more information to secure your Jewish institution at www.jcrcny.org/security.

Prepare for an “active to extremely active” hurricane season

Yes, hurricanes can strike the New York area. An “active to extremely active” hurricane season is expected for the Atlantic Basin this year according to the seasonal outlook issued today by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center – a division of the National Weather Service. As with every hurricane season, this outlook underscores the importance of having … Continue reading Prepare for an “active to extremely active” hurricane season

Evolving security threats require heightened vigilance

In light of the Times Square bomb plot, the subway plot and other recent events, intelligence and law enforcement analysts assume that Al-Qai’da and its affiliates have an undiminished intent to attack the United States and that there are people already here who might do so with little, or no, warning. The number and pace … Continue reading Evolving security threats require heightened vigilance

Times Square Arrest Info

See the NYPD Shield report on the arrest of Faisal Shahzad here. Get more information to secure your Jewish institution at www.jcrcny.org/security.

Times Square Car Bomb Info

Read the NYPD summary here. While there is no information indicating any connection to the Jewish community, the NYPD conclusions are relevant and Jewish organizations should factor these considerations into their security planning: Vehicles loaded with incendiary materials are easy to procure and could potentially cause significant damage. But as was the case in London and … Continue reading Times Square Car Bomb Info

New York State Non‐Profit Homeland Security Preparedness Study

New York State is fortunate to be the home of thousands of not‐for‐profit institutions (NFPs) that enrich our lives and provide vital services to our residents. These institutions provide the State with valuable and essential medical, religious, educational, social, cultural and recreational services that all New Yorkers benefit from. New York State is committed to working with the … Continue reading New York State Non‐Profit Homeland Security Preparedness Study

Ten Facts About Claiming Donations Made to Haiti

If you are donating to charities providing earthquake relief in Haiti, you may be able to claim those donations on your 2009 tax return. Here are 10 important facts the Internal Revenue Service wants you to know about this special provision. A new law allows you to claim donations for Haitian relief on your 2009 … Continue reading Ten Facts About Claiming Donations Made to Haiti

‘Israel could face earthquake similar to Haiti one’ | Yediot Ahronot

Zvi Lavi01.26.10, 13:14 Chairman of inter-ministerial committee for earthquake preparation says in special Knesset debate that Israel isn’t prepared for earthquakes due to ongoing building failures. More . . . Get more information to secure your Jewish institution at www.jcrcny.org/security.

IDF closes field hospital in Haiti | Jerusalem Post

Jan 26, 2010 10:08 Last night, two weeks after the IDF rushed to Haiti with hundreds of doctors to help treat those wounded in the devastating earthquake, the field hospital which it had opened – and which came to symbolize the exceptional Israeli rescue effort – finally closed its doors. As of Monday, 1,102 Haitians … Continue reading IDF closes field hospital in Haiti | Jerusalem Post

After two weeks, Israel team winds down Haiti mission | Haaretz

By Amos Harel26/01/2010 The Israel Defense Forces team in Haiti is finishing up its mission and will return home on Thursday. The decision was based on the recommendation of the Home Front Command, whose senior officers feel hey have fulfilled their role in helping the earthquake victims. In view of the large number of personnel … Continue reading After two weeks, Israel team winds down Haiti mission | Haaretz

‘What happened in Haiti will happen in Israel’ | Haaretz

By Jonathan Lis26/01/2010 An earthquake of the same magnitude as the one two weeks ago in Haiti or stronger is certain to strike Israel, Avi Shapira, chairman of the National Earthquake Preparedness Committee, said on Tuesday. “I just returned from Haiti,” Shapira told a special Knesset committee that gathered in the wake of the Haiti … Continue reading ‘What happened in Haiti will happen in Israel’ | Haaretz

Op-Ed: In Haiti, Israel puts ‘tikkun olam’ in action | JTA

By Asaf SharivJanuary 24, 2010 NEW YORK (JTA) — The terrible disaster in Haiti has shown the world not only the power of Mother Nature but the power of the human heart. All over the world, aid has been pouring in to rescue trapped survivors and provide medial services to the hundreds of thousands of … Continue reading Op-Ed: In Haiti, Israel puts ‘tikkun olam’ in action | JTA

Israel Aid Mission to Haiti Slideshow | Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Haiti/Israel Field Hospital | United Nations

U.N spokesperson in Haiti commends Israeli team on a “magnificant job”.Watch at MINUSTAH Get more information to secure your Jewish institution at www.jcrcny.org/security.

Miracle Rescues 10 Days after Earthquake | CBS News

(CBS/ AP) After being trapped in rubble for nearly 10 days, an Israeli Search and Rescue team saved a 22-year-old Haitian man from a collapsed three-story building. The man was transferred to an Israeli Defense Field Hospital and is in stable condition. More and video. Get more information to secure your Jewish institution at www.jcrcny.org/security.

From NYC Councilmember Gale Brewer

To my friends at the JCRC: I know that you have heard this before, and the papers have lots of stories, but I thought you would be interested in this e-mail that I received from African-American and Haitian friends. None of this amazing work by the Israelis is surprising to anyone who knows them, but … Continue reading From NYC Councilmember Gale Brewer

Bin Laden: Attacks on U.S. to go on as long as it supports Israel | Reuters

A purported audio tape of Osama bin Laden aired on Al Jazeera television claimed responsibility for a Dec. 25 attempted bombing of a U.S.-bound plane, and vowed to continue attacks on the United States, as long as it supports Israel.  Read more. . . Get more information to secure your Jewish institution at www.jcrcny.org/security.

Haiti’s Medical Crisis: Treating Crushed Survivors | Time

by Jay Newton SmallJan. 21, 2010 Jean Marc Loremas, 46, carried his niece more than a mile from their home in the La Plaine area of Port-au-Prince to a sparsely populated industrial zone. There he nodded to two foreign guards in olive green fatigues and about a dozen semiambulatory earthquake victims who were already lined … Continue reading Haiti’s Medical Crisis: Treating Crushed Survivors | Time

Capt. Barak Raz Describes IDF Aid Mission’s Progress in Haiti, 20 Jan 2010

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Haitian Man, Buried Under Rubble for 10 Days, Rescued By IDF Team

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