Following the recent spate of antisemitic attacks and some fatal attacks at synagogues across the United States, The National Council of Young Israel and the Community Security Service have joined hands in amping up security to protect schuls and yeshivas.
Under the CSS model, community members will volunteer to safeguard their congregations, sometimes working alongside off-duty police or members of hired security firms. Through this venture, the organization hopes to attract more volunteers who can protect their places of learning and worship from hateful elements.
Rabbi David Warshaw, president of NCYI, a network of some 100 Orthodox synagogues across the United States spoke regarding the new effort saying, “I think security has been a concern for a number of Young Israel shuls. There are some that have availed themselves of CSS and are involved with CSS, and there are also shuls that have armed security guards or different security arrangements. We’ve never had any formal arrangement or ties with any groups like CSS. This is the first time we are entering into this type of arrangement.”
About 20 Young Israel synagogues currently have CSS volunteers safeguarding their buildings, and this number is expected to rise substantially with the new arrangement.