New York, NY, September 30, 2021 – The Community Security Service (The CSS) and the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) have announced a partnership focused on improving the security of the Jewish community through intelligence, information sharing and security training for Jewish volunteers.
The partnership will connect subject matter experts from the ADL’s Center on Extremism (COE) with CSS’s nationwide network of more than 5,000 trained security volunteers – who help protect hundreds of institutions and communities. Jewish events across the country – to enhance volunteers’ awareness of the latest manifestations of anti-Semitism and extremism. Additionally, the CSS will share information and reports from its regional volunteers who serve on the front lines of Jewish security nationwide with ADL experts so they can spot trends.
“The recent increase in reported anti-Semitic incidents and hate crimes confirms the need for a partnership to tangibly improve the security of American Jewish institutions,” said ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt. “Through this partnership, CSS security volunteers will gain a better understanding of the nature and scope of anti-Semitism, and ADL experts, who monitor these trends, will have a better understanding of the security situation on the ground. ground.”
Mr. Greenblatt added: “The CSS has succeeded in establishing a model of security volunteerism long used by Jewish communities around the world, which has proven effective in protecting institutions and saving lives. We look forward to combining our respective capabilities to create an even higher level of protection for our community.
“Each of our organizations plays a distinct role in the ongoing fight against rising anti-Semitism and the myriad violent extremist actors targeting our community,” said Evan R. Bernstein, CSS Country Director and CEO. “At the same time, for us as a community to reduce our vulnerability to tangible threats and intractable issues like anti-Jewish animosity, it is incumbent upon us to pool our resources and expertise in a meaningful and measurable.
The partnership will also seek to ensure the safety of all members of the Jewish community, with particular engagement with marginalized groups inside and outside of the Jewish community.
The two national organizations, in accordance with a recently signed Memorandum of Understanding, will provide recurrent training to each of their relevant stakeholders. CSS volunteers will receive training from ADL experts on national trends and the importance of reporting and defining anti-Semitic incidents and hate crimes. ADL staff and lay leaders will also have the opportunity to attend ongoing in-person and virtual security training programs and briefings from CSS security experts and personnel.
ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to a growing climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and ensure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, anti-bias education, and countering hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from prejudice, discrimination or hatred. To visit www.adl.org.
About the Community Safety Service (the CSS):
The CSS is the leading nonprofit Jewish volunteer security organization in the United States. Founded in 2007, CSS was the first organization to bring to the United States a mindset long shared by sister communities around the world that protecting Jewish life and the Jewish way of life begins with taking responsible for our own safety. The CSS focuses on training volunteers in basic security procedures to help protect their institutions and events across the country. Through programs developed by the industry’s leading security experts and tailored to varying levels of interest and ability, volunteers learn to identify suspicious activity and prevent and respond to potentially threatening situations. To date, CSS has created a nationwide network of more than 5,000 trained volunteers, who help protect hundreds of synagogues and events each year. To visit www.thecss.org.