Launched in 2012 to combat the rising threat of terrorism, Federation’s Community Security Initiative (CSI) continues to serve a unique role in its protection of every Jewish school, synagogue, summer camp, and organization in Jewish Los Angeles. CSI functions as a single point of contact for critical incident coordination, information and intelligence sharing, safety and security training, and resources for Jewish institutions across L.A. and offers the individuals within these establishments the necessary instruction and awareness to arm themselves against potential threats. The initiative is a link to a network of Jewish communal organizations and provides unprecedented access to federal, state, and local emergency services. CSI stays vigilant during the day and awake throughout the night, keeping a watchful eye on the entire community — so we can all sleep safely and soundly.
Given the rising threat of domestic terrorism, every Jewish school, synagogue, summer camp, and organization is a potential target. Within all of these institutions are people & many of them children who we need to protect. Thanks to our Federation’s CSI, we can.
Since its inception, we have compiled a database linking hundreds of Jewish sites; visited over 300 synagogues, schools, and other institutions; and trained over 4,000 people in safety and security awareness. Being a part of this network helps ensure that if a threat arises for any one location, we are all prepared.
The following services help ensure that if a threat arises, we are all prepared:
Site Visits & Vulnerability Assessments
This first free step covers: an explanation of free CSI programs and services, a review of security plans, and identification of physical security shortfalls.
CSI Analysis Center
Our Analysis Center tracks natural and man-made hazards 24/7 through partnership with local, state, and federal law enforcement and city and county government.
Staff is empowered to effectively utilize security training and CSI-generated intelligence and communications — making your organization a harder target.
Project Safe Classroom and Shabbos Link are among the programs developed specifically to mitigate attacks on our community’s Jewish schools and synagogues.