CJP Communal Security Initiative Webinars 

Here you will find past webinars to use as resources that will help you navigate these complex times.

Nonprofit Security Grant Program Preparation Webinar
Thursday, November 3, 2022

Since 2016, Jewish community organizations in Massachusetts have received $11.7 million in funding to support physical security infrastructure improvements through the Federal and Commonwealth Nonprofit Security Grant Programs. Last year alone, 51 Jewish organizations received $3.5 million.

Typically, application information relating to the Commonwealth grant is released available sometime in December or January, and for the Federal grant between February and April. Our expectation is that funding will remain at similar levels to last year, with individual organizations eligible to receive up to $150,000 in funding at the Federal level, and $50,000 through the state grants.

Early preparation is a key factor in drafting a successful application, and we strongly encourage interested institutions to begin their preparation as soon as possible, including taking advantage of our NSGP Preparation Webinar.

These sessions will feature an overview of the application process with grant writer Kerry Newman, who has worked with numerous successful applicants in Massachusetts. She will focus on the critical elements to prepare and include in your application, as well as take time to answer questions from attendees.



CJP Communal Security Initiative Webinar: De-escalation – The H.A.R.M Approach
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 | 12:00pm

De-escalation skills are essential for anyone serving in frontline or public contact roles, whether in a professional or volunteer capacity, as well as for their supervisors. Crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, are emotionally-charged events that can result in increased anger and aggressive behaviors from individuals and groups. Hostility, Aggression, Anger & Rage Management (HARM) is a dynamic, 90-minute awareness and skill-building program for anyone likely to encounter emotionally agitated, hostile and/or aggressive behavior in the course of their professional or volunteer work. The HARM program introduces early warning signs for the detection of potentially hostile individuals, strategies for verbal de-escalation and personal safety skills for escaping and surviving violent encounters. During this webinar Steven Crimando addresses some of the situations that staff and volunteers may face in a synagogue, cultural organization, and other communal settings, highlighting critical skills that professional staff, rabbis, cantors, executive directors, board members and others can use to help defuse difficult situations.


Cybersecurity and You — Be the First Line of Defense
Virtual event
Two date options:
Friday, January 29, 2021 | 1:00–2:00 p.m. ET
Thursday, February 11, 2021 | 4:00–5:00 p.m. ET

The CJP Communal Security Initiative (CSI) wants to empower you to better protect your organization against cyber threats.

This cyber-awareness webinar will cover top cyber threats such as phishing, desktop security, and data protection, as well as a review of proven practices. During this session, CSI will introduce an online cybersecurity awareness training program to provide you with the skills to thwart cyberattacks and better protect your organization’s data. CSI will fund this self-paced cyber training program for you and your staff. This webinar is designed for all staff and lay leaders of your organization.

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Psychological Support in Crisis: Building Community Resilience During Covid-19
Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.>

Join Dr. Stephanie Leite for a webinar on recognizing and responding to the psychological impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on individuals, institutions, and communities.

As we navigate the current Covid-19 crisis we face many challenges, including maintaining a sense of community as we take steps to protect the physical health of ourselves, our families, and the people we serve. Crises have a direct impact on our mental health and well-being, as well as our daily lives and relationships with others, including critical safety and security concerns relating to behavioral threat assessment and management, domestic violence, and other similar issues . We hope you will join us for this important conversation with Dr. Stephanie Leite, who will address common issues that arise for community organizations, individuals, and families when dealing with the fear and anxiety that accompany a disaster and how to recognize common signs of psychological distress. She will also suggest resources and coping mechanisms that individuals and organizations can use to lessen the mental and emotional strain during times of crisis.  

The webinar will be moderated by Daniel Levenson, Deputy Director, Communal Security, CJP. Time will be allotted for Q&A. 



Federal Funding Assistance for COVID-19 Response and Recovery
Monday, April 13, 2020 | 2:00 p.m.

Jeremy Yamin, CJP’s Associate Vice President, Director of Security and Operations, and Mark O’Mara, Director of Recovery, Hagerty Consulting, present a webinar on federal funding for disaster relief programs.

Federal funding programs may provide an opportunity for some organizations to better respond to and recover from the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, but they are complex and often lack clarity. Proactive, strategic, and expert management of eligible activities, costs, and documentation requirements may help promote successful short-term response and long-term financial recovery.This webinar will introduce you to tools that can help your team determine institutional eligibility and navigate these complex programs.