CSI Trainings

The Community Security Initiative (CSI) offers multiple types of security trainings for synagogues, schools, camps and offices, at no cost to Jewish institutions. We work with you to customize our trainings to your building, your people and your culture. See our current menu of trainings below. Request any of these trainings by clicking here.

Best Practices for Everyday Security Procedures

Audience: Staff, leadership

How can you keep your synagogue, school or other Jewish facility safe and secure? What should you know and which no-cost or low-cost policies and procedures can lead to a facility that is both warm and welcoming and safe and secure? Click here to request a CSI training.

Active threat training

Audience: Staff, leadership, all stakeholders

The attacks in Pittsburgh, Poway, Jersey City, Monsey and across the country thrust this danger into our collective consciousness. How should organizations prepare for a an active threat attack. Congregants and clergy, students and faculty, staff and volunteers must be prepared to take immediate action to save their own lives before law enforcement arrives. Preparing all your stakeholders for a potential active threat incident is an integral component of an organization’s incident response planning. Because active shooter incidents are unpredictable and evolve quickly, preparing for and knowing what to do in an active shooter situation can be the difference between life and death. Every second counts. Click here to request a CSI training.

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 . View this video recording of the session. Click here for the presentation slides.  DHS and Federal Resources to Prevent Targeted Violence and Threats can be found at this link.

Situational Awareness (In partnership with CSS)

Audience: Leadership, staff, all stakeholders

No matter your location, you should be aware of where you are and what is happening around you as well as alert to potential threats to your health and safety and cognizant of emergency exits and other paths to safety. CSI Situational Awareness training teaches individuals techniques to increase their awareness and plan and prepare to respond to potentially dangerous situations. Click here to request this CSI/CSS training.

Access Control and the “Power of Hello”

Audience: Leadership, security staff and volunteers

Based on DHS’ “Power of Hello”, this training is designed to raise awareness about all aspects of suspicious behavior and describes potential suspicious activities. The training also covers how to develop a building access policy that is both warm and welcoming and keeps people safe and secure. Click here to request a CSI training.


Audience: Leadership, key staff and volunteers

Someone shows up at your door. Their behavior makes it clear that they should not be admitted, but how should these situations be handled? Can you recognize the warning signs for someone on the pathway to violence? Knowing what to say and what to do can make a big difference and prevent a potential threat. Click here to request a CSI training.

You are the help until help arrives

Audience: Leadership, key staff and volunteers

Life-threatening emergencies can happen fast and emergency responders aren’t always nearby. You may be able to save a life by taking simple actions immediately. You Are the Help Until Help Arrives. Learn how to “Stop the Bleed” in the event of a trauma injury, why you should have an AED in your building and other emergency responses. Click here to request a CSI training.

Cybersecurity Training

Audience: Leadership and all staff.

CSI is in the process of purchasing cybersecurity training and phishing simulation software to provide a wide range of cyber security training, including simulated phishing attacks to verify that your staff is benefiting from the training. We expect to offer this service in the first quarter of 2023.