What is the Secure Community Network?

The Secure Community Network (SCN) is part of the American Jewish community’s response to heightened security concerns in the United States.

Introduction

 

For the past 10 years, Secure Community Network (SCN), under the leadership of The Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, has been at the forefront of an innovative, collaborative and cooperative national homeland security initiative educating the Jewish community to potential threats, leveraging government and private sector resources to better protect and secure our community, and ensuring that the security concerns of our community continues to remain a top focus of the intelligence, homeland security and law enforcement agencies charged with safeguarding our country and communities from the risk of terror attacks that has become a persistent threat over the past decade. Through information sharing, security awareness, training, security advice & counsel, SCN strives to empower individuals and organizations and establish a culture of security consciousness, preparedness and resiliency throughout our communities.

History

 

The Secure Community Network is a non-profit organization founded in 2004 as a central address serving the American Jewish community concerning matters of communal safety, security, and all-hazards preparedness and response. Created by the Conference of Presidents, United Jewish Communities and the American Jewish Committee, the organized Jewish community established a coordinated approach for community wide notifications, crisis management and security measures emphasizing common standards for enabling Jewish communities throughout North America to embrace and evidence a culture of security awareness, preparedness and disaster response and resiliency. SCN operates a full-time threat and information sharing center to monitor and report on threats and security events impacting the American Jewish community. SCN was nationally recognized by Secretary Janet Napolitano and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a model homeland security network and initiative for faith-based organizations.

Why SCN?

 

It is a matter of record that Jewish institutions, federations, synagogues, JCCs, camps and day schools have been the target of hatred, extremism, terrorism and violent attack. Where violence and calamity have impacted our community, SCN has been on the ground assisting leaders, their staff and communities with responding, recovering and examining lessons learned to share and provide information and practices to other communities to enhance their preparedness and security posture.

 

SCN has become a proven, critical partner for Jewish communities across the country and a “community insurance policy” for executives and communities in need, quickly becoming a resource for immediate assistance, information and trusted guidance and expertise. When conflict in the Middle East heats up or the terrorism level rises in the U.S., community leaders rely upon SCN to keep them informed and assist them with taking the necessary measures and precautions to secure their facilities and their people.

 

SCN is the only national Jewish organization in the United States exclusively dedicated to homeland security initiatives on behalf of the American Jewish community.