CJP Communal Security Initiative Training

If you need medical training for your Jewish day school, preschool, or Hebrew school staff prior to the start of the academic year, please contact us at communalsecurity@cjp.org.

We offer a range of robust training opportunities free of charge to Jewish organizations in the CJP catchment area in Greater Boston. We also welcome and encourage members of all faith communities to participate in our training programs.

Please note that in addition to community-wide training, we also offer programs specifically geared toward board members, staff, lay leaders, and clergy.

Course Descriptions

Key Security Concepts + Greeter/Usher Training (2 hours)

Creating a balance between an open and welcoming environment while maintaining safety and security is a challenge faced by many Jewish institutions.

This session provides an overview of threats and a review of local security incidents. Participants are exposed to physical and procedural security concepts and learn about the key role individuals can play to improve — or degrade — security at their institution. This training also provides those who welcome people to Jewish institutions with strategies and tools to foster a welcoming atmosphere while maintaining security.

Topics include situational awareness and behavioral recognition, emergency response plans, and communication. Simple role-playing and Q&A is used to reinforce the training.

Security Training for Professional Staff (2 hours)

Staff and clergy play a vital, and unique role, in the day-to-day activities of our Jewish institutions. Recognizing that there are certain types of challenges that arise for people in such roles we have developed tailored training programs for Preschool/ELC staff and faculty, Hebrew school staff, synagogue staff, and other demographics of Jewish communal professionals. This session provides an overview of threats as well as an introduction to tools that staff can use to play an important role in improving safety and security within their organizations, with a strong emphasis on recognizing and responding to suspicious or unusual behavior.

Simple role playing and Q&A is used to reinforce the training. Recognizing that each staff member brings their own experiences, observations and questions to the conversation the training allows for ample time for discussion at the end of the session.

Countering Active Threat Response Training (2.5 hours)

Countering Active Threat Training (CATT) offers a comprehensive training program to counter an active threat event developed specifically for faith-based institutions and Houses of Worship.

-Differentiate between security and safety
-Develop a better understanding of Active Threat incidents
-Identify and explain modes of action during an Active Threat incident, such as Run, Hide, Fight
-Learn how to prepare for an Active Threat event
-Know how to respond to law enforcement's arrival
-Recognize the importance of additional training such as "Stop the Bleed"
-Be able to commit to action during an Active Threat event.

Session includes PowerPoint presentation, videos, and three 15 minute drills that reinforce central concepts.

We strongly recommend that participants attend the Key Security Concepts Training prior to attending Active Threat ResponseTraining.

Medical Training (First Aid/CPR/AED)

Our American Red Cross First Aid, tourniquet training, and CPR/AED trainings are offered as two modules: a coordinated series totaling 8 in-person hours OR as a blended module with online learning and then a 4-hour in person session. Each eight-hour course of instruction is divided into two, four-hour sessions scheduled on different days. Sessions will take place on two consecutive Sunday afternoons. The blended learning modules allows participants to register in advance and complete the online portion within the 2 weeks leading up to the final four-hour in person class.

Important note for in person series: Classes meet for four hours on Sunday afternoons (for a total of eight hours), and space is limited to 15 students for each class.

Important note for blended module: Registration closes 2.5 weeks prior to the in-person course date to allow ample time to complete the online session. Space is limited to 15 students for each class.

“Stop the Bleed” Medical Training (2 hours)

The Stop the Bleed course will teach you how to save a life. Severe bleeding can cause death in three to five minutes. This interactive presentation will provide you with the knowledge and skills to locate, identify, and control significant blood loss in an adult or child. The skills portion gives each person hands-on training with the tools to accomplish hemostasis or stopping the bleed.

This course, in addition to CPR and First Aid, allows you to be better prepared for critical life situations.

Learn about upcoming sessions or contact us for more information

Key Security Concepts Webinar:


Tuesday, August 22 | 2:00-3:00 PM


Key Security Concepts & Usher/Greeter/Clergy Training (In Person):


Tuesday, June 28 | 6:00-7:30 PM
Temple Emanuel, Newton

Thursday, September 8 | 6:00-7:30 PM
Congregation Beth El, Sudbury

Countering Active Threat Response Training (In Person):


Thursday, June 30 | 6:00-8:30 PM
Temple Beth Sholom, Hull

Tuesday, July 12 | 6:00-8:30 PM
Temple Hillel B'nai Torah, West Roxbury

Tuesday, July 26 | 6:00-8:30 PM
Congregation Beth El, Sudbury

Tuesday, August 9 | 6:00-8:30 PM
Temple Shalom, Medford

Tuesday, August 16 | 6:00-8:30 PM
Temple Shalom, Medford

Hear from Our Community

Indira Herscovici, AVP, JCC Early Learning Center, JCC of Greater Boston, discusses the relationship with CJP and the benefits of tailored trainings. 

Ellen Chajes, Executive Director, Bais Yaakov of Boston High School, reflects on CSI responsiveness to the needs of Bais Yaakov.