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Security Update

By Shawn Brokos / Friday, July 19, 2024 / 0 Comments

As we approach back to school, student safety is paramount. Please consider joining our free Countering Active Threat and Defensive Tactics Training on Thursday, July 25 from 6-9 PM at the JCC in Squirrel Hill led by Dave Wright from Wright’s Gym. This event is geared towards college and/or high school students but is open to all.

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By Shawn Brokos / Friday, July 5, 2024 / 0 Comments

Tree of Life Synagogue received an on-line hoax bomb threat on July 2nd. The hoax threat is in line with other hoax threats that we have seen targeting Jewish organizations across the country. FBI and Pittsburgh Police are investigating.

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By Shawn Brokos / Friday, June 28, 2024 / 0 Comments

Through state grant funding, we will now be able to install the BluePoint Emergency Alert System in 13 more Jewish locations. The installation will take several months to complete. When finalized, there will be 33 Jewish locations online with BluePoint.

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By Shawn Brokos / Friday, June 21, 2024 / 0 Comments

Please be aware of road closures due to the Sunday, June 23 Tree of Life, Inc. groundbreaking ceremony at Shady and Wilkins.

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By Shawn Brokos / Friday, June 14, 2024 / 0 Comments

With the uptick in graffiti and antisemitic incidents please consider joining the Jewish Federation’s Virtual Block Watch Program. The program is entirely voluntary and is designed to keep our community safe through collaboration.

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By Shawn Brokos / Friday, June 7, 2024 / 0 Comments

The defense team in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting trial has filed its notice to appeal the conviction and sentence.

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By Shawn Brokos / Friday, May 31, 2024 / 0 Comments

With the uptick in graffiti and antisemitic incidents please consider joining the Jewish Federation’s Virtual Block Watch Program, a volunteer network that can be called upon to provide residential or business video surveillance footage to help prevent, deter, and possibly solve crimes.

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By Shawn Brokos / Friday, May 24, 2024 / 0 Comments

William Murray was arrested yesterday for Ethnic Intimidation relating to the alleged hate symbol he drew at the entrance of Shaare Torah. At this time, we do not have reason to believe he poses a threat to our community.

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By Shawn Brokos / Friday, May 17, 2024 / 0 Comments

An individual has been charged with the theft of multiple “We Stand with Israel” street signs in Squirrel Hill.

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By Shawn Brokos / Friday, May 10, 2024 / 0 Comments

In many instances across the country, professional protestors are leading these efforts, and the rhetoric and actions continue to be concerning for Jewish students and the Jewish community-at-large.

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By Shawn Brokos / Friday, May 3, 2024 / 0 Comments

The Schenley Plaza encampment was completely disbanded on April 29.

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By Shawn Brokos / Friday, April 26, 2024 / 0 Comments

University of Pittsburgh was one of 33 universities engaging in anti-Israel protests. The protest initially started on Tuesday, April 23rd on Pitt’s campus but the students were then moved to Schenley Plaza with the agreement that they will vacate today.

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By Shawn Brokos / Friday, April 19, 2024 / 0 Comments

This week, several Pittsburgh-area synagogues received threatening messages online. We then saw some Catholic organizations and other faith-based groups receive similar messaging. FBI Pittsburgh is investigating. These are separate and apart from the hoax bomb threats mentioned in last week’s newsletter.

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By Shawn Brokos / Friday, April 12, 2024 / 0 Comments

Several Jewish organizations throughout Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh, were targeted with hoax bomb threats this week.

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By Shawn Brokos / Friday, April 5, 2024 / 0 Comments

SCN urges the American Jewish community to expand its vigilance and preparation to prevent attacks while encouraging Jewish facilities to remain open.

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By Shawn Brokos / Friday, March 29, 2024 / 0 Comments

YTD 2024, the Jewish Federation has logged 73 incidents in our Virtual Command Center. This compares to 23 YTD 2023. We remain in a heightened threat environment and are working closely with law enforcement to monitor potential threat activity.

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By Shawn Brokos / Friday, March 22, 2024 / 0 Comments

If you have been a victim of cyber-enabled fraud, please let us know and we can help guide you on what to do.

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By Shawn Brokos / Friday, March 15, 2024 / 0 Comments

In just one year, antisemitic comments on TikTok rose 912%.

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By Shawn Brokos / Friday, March 8, 2024 / 0 Comments

On Tuesday, Allegheny County Council members voted 9-3 against a resolution urging the federal government to call for a ceasefire in Israel-Hamas war after six hours of hearing public comments.

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By Shawn Brokos / Friday, March 1, 2024 / 0 Comments

New protocols were announced for Pittsburgh Bureau of Police that may cause a reduction in officer response time.

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