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.
October 19, 2023
During the Israel-Hamas conflict, the FBI is continuing to monitor threats both in the United States and overseas. As the conflict continues, the FBI has seen an increase in reports of threats against Jewish, Muslim, and Arab communities and institutions. We take all potential threats seriously and are working closely with our law enforcement partners to determine their credibility, share information, and take appropriate investigative action. As always, we encourage members of the public to immediately report anything they consider suspicious to law enforcement.
FBI field offices across the country are communicating not just with our law enforcement partners but also with faith-based organizations and the private sector, among others. To help keep our communities safe, we are talking with leaders of all faiths, including Jewish and Muslim leaders, sharing information, and asking them to let us know if they see anything concerning.
Through our Legal Attaché office in Tel Aviv, we are working with our Israeli and U.S. Embassy partners to identify all Americans who have been impacted in the region, including those who remain unaccounted for, and our victim services specialists are working closely with victims and their families here and abroad.
Countering terrorism remains the FBI’s number one priority, and we will not tolerate violence motivated by hate and extremism. We will continue to do everything in our power to protect the American people and pursue justice for the victims and their families.”
October 18, 2023
We are advising institutions to remain open and operational. We encourage the following security precautions and procedures be implemented at your institutions:
- LIMITED BUILDING ACCESS: Limit your building access to only one entrance/exit. Ensure all doors remain locked at all times and are only unlocked to admit known individuals. Do not open doors for unknown
- DROP OFF & PICK UP: Security and staff should be outside at this time and on the lookout for any suspicious individuals in these high traffic times.
- PERIMETER SWEEP: Upon opening your institution, conduct an outside sweep of your building’s Report any suspicious items or individuals lurking outside to law enforcement immediately.
- CAMERA COVERAGE: Ensure all building cameras are on and properly Designate an individual to review security footage continuously throughout the day.
- SYSTEMS CHECKS: Ensure that anything that is battery powered or electronically controlled is working This could include access controls, panic buttons, AEDs etc.
- MAIL AND DELIVERIES: Screen any packages and mail thoroughly that comes to the building. If you didn’t order it, do not accept Review your institution’s procedures for suspicious mail.
- ACTIVE THREAT PROTOCOLS: Review your institution’s active threat situation protocols and ensure relevant staff is up to date on Consider conducting an
- institution-wide drill.
- LAW ENFORCEMENT: Connect with your local law enforcement and provide them your schedule over the coming days, including school and prayer times.