CSS Announces Security Shabbat Across the Nation after Jersey City Attacks

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December 21, Shabbat Chanukah, Marks a Day to Recognize the Strength and Service of CSS Volunteers.

Since the targeted attack on a Jewish community in Jersey City last week, The Community Security Service (CSS), has been receiving more calls and requests from all over the country. The attack makes CSS' Shabbat Chanukah, December 21, 2019 (and in some cases December 28th), more poignant. Synagogues and communities across America will pay tribute to their CSS volunteer teams for the time and dedication each of them extends to protecting their communities. Chanukah commemorates the re-dedication of the Second Temple after the defeat of the Seleucid Empire. After facing a hostile government that banned the practice of Judaism under penalty of death, a small group of Jewish people trained to protect and defend Jewish life and the Jewish way of life, overcame the odds to reclaim Jewish religious freedom. The CSS teams strive to do just that - to safeguard life and advance triumph over oppression - to ensure safety and security even in the most trying of times.

CSS Security Shabbat across the Nation is on Shabbat Chanukah and was designed for Jewish houses of worship and their congregants to pay tribute to and to recognize the volunteers who stand guard each week.

Deena Seelenfreund, CSS NJ Regional Manager said, "We want our neighbors and fellow worshipers to know that we are a presence looking out for them. CSS Security Shabbat Across the Nation helps raise awareness of the importance of volunteer security on the local and national levels, and provides a method for community members to support the volunteers protecting their synagogues."

CSS security teams are selectively trained at the highest level to act, respond and implement security protections at synagogues and at events of the Jewish community. That work requires professional equipment, from ballistic vests and radios to flashlights and medical equipment.

"The funds raised this Shabbat Chanukah will enable CSS members protecting synagogues across America to be properly equipped to keep us all safe,” said Nissan Clark, trainer and Team Manager.

Adam Sager, CSS Co-Founder said, “CSS helps safeguard communities in a professional manner, creating an open and comfortable environment for the practice of Judaism of every stream. Its volunteer-based model fills a critical gap in the security needs of the Jewish community and is essential in creating an effective and holistic security architecture.”

CSS trains volunteers from within their own communities in professional operational security procedures, including counter-surveillance, surveillance detection and situational awareness.

Sager said, “The deep knowledge of their own institutions enables CSS teams to act as a force multiplier for law enforcement and to address a situation long before it escalates into a serious incident.”

About CSS:
Founded in 2007, the nonprofit Community Security Service (CSS) proactively protects the people, institutions and events of the American Jewish community. CSS safeguards the community by training volunteers in professional security techniques, providing physical security and raising public awareness about safety issues. CSS has a trained membership of over 5,000 volunteers, representing the rich diversity of the American Jewish community. CSS operates on a strictly non-political, non-denominational basis.

Please email info@thecss.org for more information.

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