On June 5, Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools, the association of Jewish day schools in North America and the Secure Community Network (SCN), the official homeland security and safety initiative of the organized Jewish community in North America, and the recognized initiative of The Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, announced their official partnership on safety and security matters.
Prizmah and SCN will be working together closely to best ensure the safety and security of Jewish day schools, providing and supporting preparedness and response initiatives, to include assessment, awareness, education, and training efforts.
The United States experiences an average of 10 school shootings per year, with schools in at least 36 states having faced a shooting. In 2018 alone, there have been 10 school shootings. Moreover, the American Jewish community faces a disproportionate amount of targeted violence, with more than double the threats of the next closest minority group.
Paul Bernstein of New Rochelle and Prizmah Chief Executive Officer said, ”Ensuring the safety and security of students in Jewish day schools is essential, which enables the amazing teams of teachers and administrators in our schools to deliver a first class Jewish education. Working in close partnership with SCN brings vital expertise and resources to all our schools.”
“The sanctity of our schools is of critical importance, and the safety and welfare of our community members is the highest priority for both Prizmah and SCN,” noted Michael Masters, National Director and CEO of SCN, “and one of our foremost obligations as organizations.”
In developing this partnership, Prizmah and SCN are working to ensure the health, welfare and vitality of the Jewish community by prioritizing the safety and security of our Jewish day schools.
Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools is transforming the North American Jewish day school landscape. Their pioneering approach provides day schools with tools to foster the educational excellence, financial vitality and community support that will make a day school education the first choice for Jewish families.
Established in 2004 as the first national non-profit organization exclusively dedicated to homeland security initiatives on behalf of the American Jewish community, the Secure Community Network (SCN) serves as the central address for law enforcement, homeland security and community organizations focusing on the safety and security of Jewish institutions and communities across the United States. Through information sharing, security awareness, training and security consultation, SCN strives to empower individuals and organizations in establishing a culture of security awareness, preparedness and resiliency throughout our communities.