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JCFR to host security symposium; other training sessions


Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are quickly approaching.

In preparation, the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond is hosting a security symposium on Wednesday, July 21.

The symposium will take place at Congregation Or Atid, 10625 Patterson Ave., Henrico County, from noon – 2 p.m. There will be a Kosher-catered lunch for the event.

The program is open to any member of a community board, security committee or professional, and we ask you please share and encourage their attendance. To register, visit:


The session will be led by Michael Masters, national director and CEO of Secure Community Network, Regional Security Advisor Dave Brackins and leaders from each of the Federation’s law enforcement partners.

The training will allow our Agency and Synagogue partners a chance to hear firsthand updates on security planning, situational analysis and strengthen our relationships.

Other Security Training

Shortly after the symposium, the JCFR will launch a critical security training program beginning on July 27.

Training will be open to both individuals and organizations.

The following are the dates and other classes scheduled (updates and changes will be communicated via email):

  • July 27/28 – Greeter/Usher training – There will two sessions each day; one in the morning and one in the evening will be provided to an Agency/Synagogue on location, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Greeter-Usher training, approximately 90 minute sessions, provides participants techniques and skills to facilitate a safe and secure experience in Jewish spaces for the membership and guests.

  • Aug. 3/4 Situational Awareness – To be held at Chabad of Virginia, Gaskins Road, in-person and via Zoom – 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. This will be open enrollment for an approximate one-hour class. Situational Awareness training empowers individuals to recognize and understand signs of suspicious activity and its potential impact on themselves and those around them.
  • Aug. 10-11 – Stop the Bleed – To be held at Congregation Beth Ahabah, Franklin St., in-person and via Zoom – 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. This approximate 90-minute course is taught in conjunction with VCU Medical and also has open enrollment, however, there will be an upper limit, depending on how many instructors.

STB is designed to augment basic first aid training with specialized techniques to recognize and control life-threatening external hemorrhages.

  • Aug. 27/28 Countering Active Threat Training (CATT) – To be held at Congregation Beth Ahabah in-person and via Zoom – 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. This will be open enrollment. The goal of CATT is to provide participants with a better understanding of active threats and their potential response options. This course subscribes to the national model: Run, Hide, Fight.

This is approximately two hours.

For more information and to register, visit www.jewishrichmond.org/security.

In addition, to learn more about any of the training sessions, contact Dave Brackins at dbrackins@jewishrichmond.org.

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