CJP’s Communal Security Initiative Meets the moment 

By Jeremy Yamin, Vice President, Security and Operations at Combined Jewish Philanthropies

We’re living in a challenging environment with increased antisemitism. As CJP’s Vice President of Security and Operations for eight years, I’ve seen many changes within our community and in the larger ecosystem. The Communal Security Initiative (CSI) team I lead provides professional security advice to the Jewish community. We are privileged to be able to provide trainings, assessments, and consultations to our partner organizations at no cost. In fact, we have been able to offer an average of $750,000 in direct CJP grants per year and helped our partners access $3 million to $4 million a year in government security grants.  

At CSI, we employ a holistic approach, helping our partners balance being open and welcoming while creating a more safe and secure environment. But we always want to do more than we already are, looking for moments to increase our support when we’re able—and now we are in the midst of one of these moments.  

Antisemitic incidents increased by 140% in 2023, nationally, and by 205% in 2023 in New England, according to Anti-Defamation League data. CSI has been working proactively and continually to address this increase in and around Greater Boston while searching for a way to offer our services to more organizations and people within our community and beyond.  

CJP’s Center for Combating Antisemitism (CCA) recently provided CSI with $1 million in security funding to address these urgent needs. CCA and CJP Development have partnered with CSI to access additional funding streams through Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and the Secure Community Network (SCN) LiveSecure program. With a CJP match, this will support a $750,000 annual investment for three years in the CJP catchment area. At the request of JFNA and SCN, CJP’s CSI will also be fully funded to provide support in our expanded services area, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.   

Your support enables CSI to offer our nationally recognized security programs to the broader Jewish community in New England. We look forward to working together to empower and care for our community.