ADL security manual provided to Jewish institutions ahead of holidays

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League is providing U.S. Jewish institutions with an updated security manual in advance of the High Holidays.

The defense organization also is providing other resources and training to help Jewish institutions with their security preparedness.

The new edition of ADL’s security manual,”Protecting Your Jewish Institution,” which is available on the organization’s website, provides information on topics including: security planning; physical security and operations; relationships with emergency personnel; guide to detecting surveillance; computer and data security; explosive threat response planning; active shooters; considerations for schools and summer camps; dealing with protesters and crisis management.

The manual was first published in 2003 and periodically is updated.

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“Unfortunately, in 2015, Jewish institutions across the country still remain a potential target, which is why synagogues and Jewish communal facilities need to always be vigilant,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL national director. “Jews should feel comfortable going about their daily lives and observing the holidays, while still being aware and making security a priority.”

Among the guide’s recommendations for security during the high holidays: Connect with local law enforcement to discuss security and advise them of High Holiday schedules and special events;  Ensure that ushers understand that they play a critical role in security matters, and that they are familiar with suspicious activity indicators; Establish procedures for controlling access into facilities; Encourage staff, leadership, and constituents to trust their instincts if they come across someone or something suspicious.

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