New Jewish Security Initiative Launched in Rockland County

The Jewish Federation & Foundation of Rockland County held a ceremony announcing a first-of-its-kind security initiative supported by the UJA-Federation of New York & the LiveSecure project.

Rockland County accounts for the highest Jewish population density in the U.S. and has experienced an increasing number of bias incidents and attacks. The Jewish Federation & Foundation of Rockland County is responding to this escalation and announcing it is the first community of nearly 150 Federations to benefit from the LiveSecure project, a security initiative. The initiative will provide security assessments, active shooter and volunteer training, federal and state government Nonprofit Security Grant Program application assistance, develop a coordinated intra-community security network, and coordinate with local and county-wide law enforcement. The Jewish Federation & Foundation of Rockland County is joining with the Community Security Initiative (CSI) of the Jewish Community Relations Council New York (JCRC) to meet the growing challenge of securing the Jewish community in the face of rising antisemitic incidents of harassment, vandalism, and violence.

Additionally, the event introduced Jewish Federation of Rockland County’s new Director of Security, retired NYPD Detective Ethan Erlich, and discussed his role as part of the CSI team in the greater New York area.

“There is no place for hate in our Rockland County,” District Attorney Walsh said at the event. “It cannot and will not be tolerated. Take a trip across Rockland County. It’s like going around the world.”

The speakers at the event included Marcy Pressman, Co-President, Jewish Federation & Foundation of Rockland County, Ari Rosenblum, CEO, Jewish Federation & Foundation of Rockland County, Eric Goldstein, President and CEO, UJA- Federation of New York, Ed Day, Rockland County Executive, Louis Falco III, Rockland County Sheriff, Mitch Silber, Executive Director, Community Security Initiative, JCRC, and Ethan Erlich, the new Director of Security, Jewish Federation & Foundation of Rockland County.

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