New Jewish security council formed amid anti-Semitic threats and attacks in US



Vice President Mike Pence pitches in on the repair effort at the recently vandalized Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery in Missouri. Credit: Gov. Eric Greitens via Twitter.

( In response to the recent nationwide wave of anti-Jewish attacks and threats, two major Jewish umbrella organizations are set to announce Thursday the formation of the new National Security Advisory Council.

The Secure Community Network (SCN)—a security initiative run by the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and the Conference of the Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations—has created a council whose members will include a former deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Michael Siegal, SCN’s chair and a former chair of JFNA, and Paul Goldenberg, SCN’s national director, will introduce members of the new council during a Thursday morning briefing. 

“SCN leaders and council members have been working closely with DHS, FBI and local law enforcement, as well as congressional and administration officials, to ensure ongoing threats and incidents targeting the Jewish community remain a priority and all law enforcement and other relevant resources are leveraged in thwarting these events,” said a statement from the organizations involved with the initiative.

SCN is considered the leading national Jewish organization in the U.S. that is dedicated to homeland security initiatives on behalf of the American Jewish community.

In an address Wednesday to the Jewish People Policy Institute in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that anti-Semitism “certainly has not disappeared. But there is much we can do to fight back.”

“World leaders need to unequivocally condemn anti-Semitism wherever it is found,” Netanyahu said. “And I appreciate the fact that in the last few weeks and days, President [Donald] Trump and Vice President [Mike] Pence have taken a strong stance in condemning anti-Semitism. This is what we expect too from European leaders, most of them have done it and this is what we must demand from governments around the world because Jews around the world should not live in fear.”

Posted on March 1, 2017 .