ADL Urges Jewish Institutions to Prioritize Security During High Holy Days and Every Day
New York, NY, September 15, 2008 … As the Jewish High Holidays approach, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) urged synagogues and Jewish community institutions to prioritize security considerations and ensure that adequate safety measures are in place.
The League has made available its security manual, updated for 2008 - Protecting Your Jewish Institution: Security Strategies for Today's Dangerous World - the only security guide designed specifically for Jewish institutions.
"We should take pride in the fact that Jewish communities across America are generally safe and secure," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "However, we have seen a spate of anti-Semitic acts of vandalism around the country in recent weeks. Since the Jewish community's visibility is heightened during the upcoming holidays, Jews must be especially vigilant."
The Jewish High Holy Days commence on the evening of September 29 with Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the Jewish calendar year. The manual includes a chapter with security tips and strategies for high holiday services, including:
•Establishing a Perimeter
•Maintaining a Screening Center
A new "Crisis Management" chapter offers techniques for real-time decision-making during unfolding crises, when stress levels may be elevated and key information lacking.
The League's regional offices are conducting security training seminars, many in partnership with local law enforcement, to help Jewish institutions review their security plans. ADL security awareness ads, with quick tips for high holiday security, are appearing in a number of major Jewish newspapers and magazines around the country.
A longtime leader in security awareness, ADL's resources, including its security manual, are available at www.adl.org/security.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.