The grassroots, not-for-profit Community Security Service (CSS) responds to the increasing threat to the American Jewish community through a series of programs to secure the community’s facilities and institutions. All of these activities are conducted on an apolitical, non-denominational basis and are coordinated with the police and the organized Jewish community.
The CSS is patterned after similar organizations that operate in Jewish communities around the world. For example, the Community Security Trust (CST) in the UK manages a team of 3,000 volunteers to secure over 170 synagogues, 80 Jewish schools, 64 Jewish communal organizations and approximately 1,000 communal events every year.
CSS looks to the best practices of these organizations, while also specifically tailoring its activities to the American environment and context. In the past two years, the CSS has worked with dozens of Jewish organizations, synagogues and schools to protect their functions and better secure the community.
The police, government agencies and security professionals all agree that there is and will continue to remain a significant security threat to the Jewish community. Only CSS has the approach, the professionalism and the training to present a comprehensive solution to this challenge.