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 within organizations and active shooter responses. Kudos and thanks to our wonderful partners, including: NYPD Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI. Our common goals are to strengthen the ties between law enforcement and nonprofit organizations and to empower them by giving them to tools and knowledge to respond as well as possible. Here’s some examples of our recent work:

After the horrible shooting in a church in Charleston, State Senator James Sanders organized a clergy breakfast in Jamaica, Queens on September 25th, 2015.

Thanks to Rivkie Feiner, on October 21st we were in Monsey with FBI Special-Agent-in-Charge of Intelligence Greg Ehrie and DHS Protective Security Advisor Joe Tadrick.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand reached out to JCRC-NY, Public Advocate Letitia James, DHS, NYPD Counterterrorism and Community Affairs to co-sponsor a program on “Protective Measures for Houses of Worship: New threats, protective measures and opportunities for federal funding” on November 10th at One Police Plaza

NYPD Dep. Commissioner John Miller and FBI Asst. Director in Charge of the NY office of the FBI were among to stellar presenters at "Stepping up our game".

JCRC-NY, teamed with UJA-Federation, The Jewish Education Project, the FBI, DHS and NYPD Counterterrorism for a major program on January 4th at UJA-Federation. NYPD Dep. Commissioner John Miller and FBI Asst. Director in Charge of the NY office Diego Rodriguez were among to stellar presenters at “Stepping up our game”.

Over 225 attendees from a broad spectrum of synagogues, schools and agencies packed the room and 150 watched a live webstream. Click to see the program and the bios of our amazing faculty.


The UJO of Williamsburg sponsored a kickoff training on January 5th in Williamsburg, where the building managers of 55 schools with 35,000 students joined the local Hatzolah and Shomrim for training.

The Council of Jewish Organizations of Staten Island, led by its President Mendy Mirocznik and its CEO Scott Maurer, hosted a CommUNITYwide security event on January 18th. Learn more from this article: