Who We Are
The Community Security Service (CSS) is the leading Jewish volunteer security organization in the United States. Founded in 2007, the CSS was the first organization to bring to the United States a mindset long held by sister communities around the world, that protecting Jewish life and Jewish way of life starts with taking ownership of our own security. The CSS is focused on training volunteers in basic security
procedures to help protect their institutions and events across the country. Through programs developed by foremost industry security experts, and tailored to various levels of interest and ability, volunteers learn to identify suspicious activity and prevent and respond to potential threatening situations. Our success stems from strong communal partnerships and established relationships with governmental agencies and law enforcement. To date, we have created a national network of over 6,000 trained volunteers, which help to protect hundreds of synagogues and Jewish community events each year.
Starting with a handful of dedicated congregants protecting a single synagogue in New York City 14 years ago, the CSS now has a national network of thousands of trained volunteers that protect Jewish events, institutions, and synagogues across the United States.
Our membership represents the rich diversity of the American Jewish community – including affiliated and unaffiliated individuals – that aid in the protection of institutions across the religious spectrum. With the rise in antisemitism and a myriad of threats afflicting communities, we are experiencing a substantial increase in interest for our presence across the country. Ultimately, our mission is to be in a position to support and secure any Jewish facility or event in the United States.