New York, NY, September 1, 2009 … In the wake of several high profile incidents involving Jewish institutions this year, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) continues to urge Jewish communities and institutions to 'think security' during the upcoming Jewish High Holidays.
The League has made available its security manual, updated for 2009 - Protecting Your Jewish Institution: Security Strategies for Today's Dangerous World - the only security guide designed specifically for Jewish institutions.
"The thwarted terrorist plot to bomb two New York City synagogues and the shooting by an anti-Semitic white supremacist at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum underline the need for Jewish institutions to be security-minded and prepared," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "Though it is difficult to completely stop those determined to do harm, it is crucial that proper security mechanisms and precautions are in place year-round. These measures act as a deterrent and help community centers respond effectively to dangerous situations."
The Jewish High Holy Days commence on the evening of September 18 with Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the Jewish calendar year.
In addition to ensuring that Jewish communal institutions are provided with the latest security and threat assessment information, ADL's regional offices also work with local law enforcement partners to ensure they have the information needed to help protect the Jewish community during the High Holy Days and throughout the year.
The League's online guide includes security tips and strategies for holiday services, including: Assessing Risk, Establishing a Perimeter, Controlling Access, and Maintaining a Screening Center. A section on "Crisis Management" offers techniques for real-time decision-making during unfolding crises, when stress levels may be elevated and key information lacking.
A longtime leader in security awareness, ADL's array of resources is available at www.adl.org/security.