The Secure Community Network is the official security agency for Jewish institutions in America. The group employs about half a dozen analysts with backgrounds in the military or private intelligence, who monitor gunshots, bomb threats and antisemitic posts from around the country. They alert any one of thousands of synagogues, community centers or day schools that appear to be at risk. The Secure Community Network was created by the Jewish Federations of North America after 9/11 and has grown to become a national organisation with 75 employees stationed around the country. The group’s rapid expansion was prompted by the murder of 11 worshipers at the Tree of Life synagogue on October 27, 2018, the deadliest antisemitic attack in American history. The organisation has brought in more than $100mn in federal grants to local Jewish organisations and plans to secure every single Jewish community on the continent. The group’s senior national security adviser, Bradley Orsini, designed much of the approach that it shares with local federations. The report released in March by the Anti-Defamation League counted 3,700 instances of antisemitic harassment, vandalism or assault in America in 2018, the highest number in 43 years of keeping track.
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