In the aftermath of the attack on Temple Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, the Secure Community Network (SCN), as the official safety and security organization for the Jewish community in North America, announced today the release of a new training designed for all members of the Jewish community. The training will provide attendees with an improved ability to recognize suspicious behavior and criminal activity, guidance on how to report it, and strategies to protect themselves and others from violence.
Known as “BeAware,” the program is an interactive training course that can be delivered either online or in-person. BeAware is available to all members of the Jewish community; no background in security is required. The course is designed to improve the ability of members of the Jewish community to recognize and react to dangerous situations in their everyday lives – from going to synagogue and dropping off children off at school, to going to the gas station or an ATM.
The training teaches best practice techniques on how to observe, report, and react to suspicious behavior, evaluate threats, and “commit to action” in dangerous situations. Participants will learn to distinguish between different situations, from individuals with mental health issues to civil unrest, and learn when something needs to be reported.
Designed with the community by security professionals with experience in training thousands of members of the Jewish community, as well as law enforcement both in the United States and abroad, the training is for everyone – from parents to professionals, and from receptionists to rabbis.
SCN will be hosting a national on-line preview of the training on January 27th, 2022, at 1:00PM ET. Participants can register here.
The Secure Community Network (SCN), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is the official homeland safety and security initiative of the organized Jewish community in North America. Founded in 2004, under the auspices of The Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, SCN serves as the central organization dedicated exclusively to the safety and security of the American Jewish community, working across 146 federations, 50 partner organizations, over 300 independent communities as well as with other partners in the public, private, non-profit and academic sectors. SCN is dedicated to ensuring that Jewish organizations, communities, as well as life and culture can not only exist safely and securely, but flourish.
Sponsor: Jewish Federation of NENY