Community Security Service
We protect Jewish life and the Jewish way of life.
The leading community-based security organization in the United States.Learn about our story
Who We Are
From the Community, Training the Community, Protecting the Community
The Community Security Service (CSS) is a 501(c)3, apolitical and national organization that works to safeguard the Jewish community by offering free security training, guidance, and resources to community members and institutions who want to help protect their own against antisemitic incidents and security threats.
CSS ensures that the Jewish community can
Celebrate, Gather, and Worship Safely
CSS provides training to congregants and members of Jewish institutions, ranging from introductory 1-hour online courses to the building and coordinating of professionally trained volunteer security teams. We follow a proven methodology developed by leading security experts, which helps your community proactively identify and prevent antisemitic threats and incidents.
- Situational awareness
- Access control and perimeter security
- Law enforcement coordination
Become a Volunteer
Get Involved and Protect Your Community
CSS designed unique training programs for community members interested in becoming volunteers to safeguard their communities. There are multiple levels of training to choose from depending on your interest and abilities. They are open to all community members, both affiliated and unaffiliated.
- Gain security and safety skills
- Help to identify and prevent potential threats
- Protect the Jewish community
Words of Support
What Our Community Says
The CSS has a tested model that enables Jewish community members to serve as the eyes and ears of their community and deter, prevent and mitigate attacks on their institutions. CSS is unique and invaluable, its training is best-in-class, and I am proud to volunteer my time helping them.
22nd Director of the United States Secret Service
The CSS is an essential component of the security architecture for the Jewish community in the United States. Empowered community members, including highly trained and motivated volunteers add extra eyes and ears, provide situational awareness, and serve as a key additional security layer protecting our institutions and our people. They are “boots on the ground” and the Jewish Federation in New York highly values its close working relationship with CSS.
Executive Director of UJA-JCRC Community Security Initiative
Former Director of NYPD Intelligence Analysis
As I think back to some of the greatest success stories of our community, perhaps the highest, most vital, achievement on that list is the establishment of our CSS volunteer team. CSS has quite literally changed the landscape of our community and how we view security and public safety. They are “hands down” the most respected group of people in our shul of 400+ families. This is because of their seriousness, professionalism, self-sacrifice and living embodiment of “Kol Yisrael Areivim Zeh Ba’Zeh”. I am appreciate to have the CSS team protecting us, always.
I never imagined I could contribute to enhancing the security of our temple. My regular job has no connection to security at all. However, the growing incidents of antisemitism deeply worried me about our community's safety. Fortunately, the training I received from CSS equipped me with the skills to mobilize a group of dedicated community members. Together, we've managed to bolster our security during weekly services. This experience has been profoundly empowering, and it's heartening to see how our presence brings comfort and reassurance to other community members.
CSS has demonstrated a remarkable commitment to helping safeguard the entire community in a professional and responsible manner that also creates an open and comfortable environment. CSS’s 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.
CEO and EVP of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey
I have come to really appreciate our collaboration and partnership with CSS. It is vitally important for the LAPD, and all Law Enforcement agencies, to work hand in hand with our partners in the community.
Commanding Officer at LAPD, West LA Area
At our congregation, we are thrilled and proud to have our CSS team help provide the initial level of security for our community. To know that we have members of our own community, who have taken the time and made the effort to learn how to best protect our membership is a point of pride for our entire synagogue. With caring, sensitivity and dedication, our CSS members stand up for us at our most vulnerable points and ullustrate for all of us that strength and compassion can absolutely work together in one organization. Thank you to our CSS team!
News & Press
CSS in the News
CSS, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Partner to Expand Security, Enhance Safety of Synagogues Across National Capital Region
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