"We are living in a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise globally and throughout the United States. The fact is that it can happen right here in the Greater Hartford area, and we need to be prepared and we need to take action." - Michael Cantor, Co-Chair, Federation's Security Task Force
Over the past several years, anti-Semitism and acts of violence targeting Jews and Jewish institutions have increased dramatically across the United States. In response, Jewish Federations are entering into partnerships with the Secure Community Network (SCN), the official homeland security and safety initiative of the organized Jewish community in North America. Together, they are proactively hiring professional security directors – typically, former high-level law enforcement professionals – who build and implement community-wide security plans, strengthen law enforcement relationships at every level, and prepare local institutions and community members for action.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford has established a comprehensive Secure Community Initiative to bolster the safety of our local Jewish institutions and community members. So far, SCN experts have conducted preliminary site assessments and developed a template for building security capacity. SCN leaders regularly coordinate with Federation staff, have briefed our Security Committee and lay and professional leadership from across the region, and have already presented trainings on cybersecurity and countering active threats.
Our Federation recently entered into a formal partnership with SCN and we are currently in the process of hiring a Security Director who will report jointly to SCN and our President and CEO. We have also established a Security Committee to support security planning, implementation, modification, and maintenance and engage our entire community in embracing the new security framework. We will soon convene a Security Council with representatives from every Jewish agency, school, and synagogue in our region.
With your generous support, we can ensure that Greater Hartford’s Jewish community is prepared to prevent and – if need be – quickly respond to any security threat.
Our immediate goal is to raise $460,000 to fund the first two years of the initiative. This amount would allow us to:
We are also launching an endowment campaign to implement security programs more broadly and ensure long-term sustainability. A $6.5 million endowment will provide perpetual funding for security operations.
To learn more about the Secure Community Initiative, please contact Laura Zimmerman, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President, at firstname.lastname@example.org. To make a gift or pledge to the initiative, please contact Hayley Wasser, Vice President of Development, at email@example.com.