Please Be Aware
Four Jewish Pittsburgh organizations and at least ten Philadelphia Jewish organizations received hoax bomb threats yesterday, Dec 14th via email. The language was largely the same, as was the sender’s email address. The threat noted that the explosives would not go off if $50k was paid to an address provided in PA. This is part of a series of hoax bomb threats targeting Jewish organizations across the country. Law enforcement is investigating. YTD there have been over 250 hoax bomb and/or swatting incidents targeting the US Jewish community.
FBI Los Angeles with support from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, arrested a 14-year-old juvenile in California for his role in executing a nationwide swatting threat campaign targeting synagogues across the US in July-August 2023. Read more at Secure Community Network Applauds The Arrest Of California Juvenile Responsible For Synagogue Swatting Threats (securecommunitynetwork.org)
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, below.
In Pittsburgh, YTD the Jewish Federation has logged 285 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
- Local rabbi/mohel brings holiday lights to the desert (jewishchronicle.com)
- Video Swatting crisis prompts more action by authorities, nonprofits (abcnews.go.com)
- Hawaii synagogues received email saying explosive were planted on their properties (kitv.com)
- Security funding at CT faith-based organizations a ‘massive need’ (ctinsider.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...
Please contact Erin Fagan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-992-5252 to schedule this training.
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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