The physical safety and security of the Jewish community has been a core concern and responsibility of the Federations throughout their history. We’ve seen firsthand that Jewish communities are experiencing a rise in antisemitic crime and targeted violence. These recent, tragic incidents include:
Tree of Life in Pittsburgh (2018–see right),
Chabad in San Diego (2019),
Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville (2022),
And many more, including, in the last year, threats to Beth El Synagogue, Temple of Aaron, and Adath Jeshurun. With antisemitic hate crimes on the rise, our community needs Shomrim: a strong, sustainable security campaign that will meet these rising threats.
SHOMRIM WILL ENSURE OUR JEWISH COMMUNITY IS SAFE AND SECURE FOR YEARS TO COME.
RESPONDING WITH STRENGTH TO SAFEGUARD OUR COMMUNITY
Together with the Federations, Secure Community Network (SCN), and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), we are taking the following measures:
Fortify physical security
Security information sharing
Establish policies and procedures
Law Enforcement Relationships with:
Municipal police departments
State Public Safety
Federal (FBI, Homeland Security, Attorney General)
MN National Guard
Monitor online threats
Document and record antisemetic incidents
Media & Education:
Provide resources to reporters
Speaking to schools and others
Provide resources to media
Other faith communities
High Holiday Ushers
Stop the Bleed
Community Emergency plan
Frontline crisis management
חֲזַק חֲזַק וְנִּתְחַּזֵק
Chazak, Chazak v’nitchazek— Be strong, be strong, and we will be strengthened. For centuries, the Jewish people have endured attacks, hatred, and tragedy. But we have not only survived, we have thrived. With your generous help, we shall continue for us, for our children, for our grandchildren and all who follow.
MATCHING GRANTS FOR SHOMRIM ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE JEWISH FEDERATIONS OF NORTH AMERICA (JFNA)’S SECURITY INITIATIVE, LIVESECURE.
These Enhancement Grants will be available through LiveSecure to communities that already have a community security initiative—just like Shomrim. At a 1:2 match, LiveSecure can provide up to $250,000/ year to Shomrim for three years and further support the safety of our local community.