Security Updates

From the Federation Security Team

Please Be Aware

Jury selection started Monday for the federal hate crime trial in the 10/27/2018 attack on three synagogues in the Tree of Life building and is expected to go for several weeks. We have seen an increase in online hate-related rhetoric and are working very closely with law enforcement to mitigate potential threats. Please be vigilant.

On Monday, Rep. Dan Frankel and several other elected officials introduced four bills that would expand our current state hate crime legislation, which is critical to the work we do in protecting the Jewish community and other targeted groups. One of the four bills is HB1027, in honor of the victims of 10/27/2018. These bills would align Pennsylvania’s protected classes with those at the federal level: individuals or groups targeted because of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or disability. Learn more at →

Security Matters in the News This Week

BluePoint Status

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

Please schedule your training needs for the year as soon as possible. With the on-going trial, our schedule is filling up quickly.

House of Worship Active Shooter/Violent Intruder Response Seminar

Active Shooter Training 6.23.23
Friday, June 23 @ 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT
A V Lauttamus Communications & Security
1000 Colliers Way
Weirton, WV 26062 United States
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Lead Speaker - Bob Winters, CCP - Protective Security Advisor, Pittsburg DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Second Speaker - Shawn Brokos - Director, Community Security Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Active Shooter Training 6.23.23

Faith-Based Security & Resilience Learning Series

Faith-Based Security and Resilience Workshop June 29 2023 (002)
Thursday, June 29 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

Keeping your kids safe at schools, daycare centers and summer camps. Faith-Based Security and Resilience Workshop June 29 2023 (002)

NEW: De-Escalation Training

Please contact Erin Fagan at 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 or 412-992-5252. All can be made available in person or via Zoom.

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

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Thank you to our Corporate Security Partner

Shawn Brokos

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