Please Be Aware
DHS and FBI have issued warnings, cautioning of the heighted potential for threats targeting religious gatherings. As you celebrate Chanukah, please be vigilant and report anything suspicious or concerning immediately to 911 and then to the Jewish Federation using the Incident Report Form, below. Warnings include calls for violence, swatting, cyber-crime, and antisemitic activity.
Incidents of antisemitic graffiti are continuing to increase. We are working with law enforcement on this matter. Please report this graffiti to 911 and provide as many details as you can, then notify us via the Incident Report Form.
On December 6th, a number of Jewish facilities in several states received bomb threats via email. The email makes a specific bomb threat against “every synagogue” in the state of Minnesota. Facilities outside of Minnesota have received this email, but the threat only relates to synagogues in Minnesota. Read more at SITUATION REPORT: Bomb Threat Targeting Minnesota Synagogues Emailed to Jewish Facilities Nationwide (Secure Community Network).
PCCD security grant awards to be announced on December 13th.
In Pittsburgh, YTD the Jewish Federation has logged 280 incidents in our Virtual Command Center, this compares to 122 incidents for the entire year of 2022. We remain in a heightened threat environment and are working closely with law enforcement to monitor potential threat activity. There are no known or direct threats related to our Pittsburgh Jewish community. Continue to be vigilant; report suspicious behavior to 911 and then the Jewish Federation via the Incident Report.
Security Matters in the News This Week
- Shots fired at Temple Israel in Albany, Hochul says (spectrumlocalnews.com)
- Michael Nicholoulias, 74, charged with making antisemitic graffiti in Montauk – Newsday
- DHS Releases Physical Security Performance Goals for Faith-Based Communities | Homeland Security
- FBI sees 60 percent jump in hate crime cases since Israel-Hamas war | The Hill
- 15 New York synagogues hit with false bomb threats on Friday – Jewish Telegraphic Agency (jta.org)
- Three teens arrested for series of attacks on Jewish people in Brooklyn (fox5ny.com)
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Security Resources and/or Training
Harrisburgh, PA 17110 United States
Join PEMA and David Wood from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as they discuss FY2024 NSGP grant applications.
Join Secure Community Network (SCN) and a guest panelist from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as we discuss FY2024 NSGP updates and guidance for this year's grant application.
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Join this 4-part course addressing: The mind of the active shooter-predator vs. prey Situational awareness and survival mindset Basic self-defense techniques and weapons awareness and disarming techniques Reality based training.
Join us for the first quarterly Faith-Based Security and Resilience Training on Thursday, March 28, 2024. This first session will be a case study from the United States District Attorney's Office on the Pittsburgh Synagogue attack: Prosecution, Trial, and Crime Victims' Rights. This will be one of the public presentations on the synagogue shooting. The Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security (OHS), in partnership with DHS, PEMA, Pennsylvania State Police, the three Fusion Centers (PaCIC, WPAHFC...
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Situational Awareness, Active Threat, and Usher/Greeter Training
If you or your organization have not yet had these training modules, please contact Erin Fagan at email@example.com or 412-992-5252. All can be made available in person or via Zoom.
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