Security Update

From the Federation Security Team

Please Be Aware

On February 26, 2024, new protocols were announced for Pittsburgh Bureau of Police that may cause a reduction in officer response time, especially during the early morning hours.  We recognize that this might be of concern to people throughout our local Jewish community. Let’s together use this as a tangible reminder to remain vigilant about safety and security and practice good situational awareness. We have many security protocols in our community, and we need to leverage those.

The assailant who opened fire at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston on February 11, 2024, expressed antisemitic, anti-Zionist rhetoric as well as explicit support for U.S.-designated terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah. She posted antisemitic comments and threats of violence towards Jews online prior to the attack. It is unclear at this time why the assailant decided to target the church, as she had posted on Telegram that she intended to carry out an attack at a pro-Israel rally.

So far in 2024, the Jewish Federation has logged 41 incidents in our Virtual Command Center. We remain in a heightened threat environment and are working closely with law enforcement to monitor potential threat activity.

Security Matters in the News This Week

BluePoint Status

Please review your current contact lists in BluePoint. If changes are needed, please contact Erin Fagan at efagan@jfedpgh.org.

Our BluePoint training video and refresher video are available on YouTube. These are useful for new staff or as a reminder for existing staff.

Security Resources and/or Training

Passover Without Fear

Wednesday, April 17 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT

Preparedness & Security Considerations In Today's World Join the Secure Community Network (SCN) and co-sponsors, The Jewish Federations of North America, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for a pre-Passover briefing on the threat environment and best practices to keep this Passover season as safe, secure, and welcoming as possible.

Guardian Training

Please contact Erin Fagan at efagan@jfedpgh.org or 412-992-5252 to schedule this training.

Situational Awareness, Active Threat, and De-Escalation Training

If you or your organization have not yet had these training modules, please contact Erin Fagan at efagan@jfedpgh.org or 412-992-5252. All can be made available in person or via Zoom.

Request Training for Your Organization →

If you need more Emergency Safety Procedures Flip Charts contact Erin Fagan at efagan@jfedpgh.org or 412-992-5252.

Thank you to our Corporate Security Partner

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