NEW YORK – In the wake of repeated violent antisemitic attacks on Jews in New York and elsewhere, the Jewish activist organization Herut North America is offering a guide to help congregations better organize their security efforts to protect synagogue attendees. The Synagogue Security Tool Kit is being offered free of charge to all members of the Jewish community interested in improving security. “We have developed this ebook guide as a hands-on tool to aid synagogues, day schools and other Jewish organizations with both evaluating their security needs as well as organizing their own security teams,” explains Moshe Phillips, the national director of Herut North America. “This information-packed booklet is specifically designed to give Jews the information they need to feel empowered around security related needs and issues. We have included checklists, assessment worksheets, planning guides, practical advice, and more.”
The Synagogue Security Tool Kit was compiled with input from IDF veterans, individuals trained in counter-terrorism, longtime community security volunteers, and legal professionals. The guidebook, which may be downloaded for free, includes practical, actionable ideas whether their synagogue has a security plan in place currently or is now considering forming a volunteer security team and needs an action plan.
The ebook includes a section entitled “Self-Defense Tips While Walking To/From Synagogue.”
To request a free copy of the Synagogue Security Tool Kit, email firstname.lastname@example.org.