With Threats Rising, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Announces New Plan to Provide Security

Secure Community Network Partnership Enhances Security at Area Synagogues, Day Schools and other Facilities

Mark Jardina Headshot

Mark Jardina, former Marine with over 20 years of security experience to succeed Brian Johnson as Regional Security Advisor

To better protect the 300,000 members of the Jewish community who worship and attend area synagogues, day schools and other facilities in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington announced today it has established a new partnership with Secure Community Network (SCN) to manage their security programs. The nation’s capital and its surrounding area is a particularly sensitive and important area for America’s Jewish community.

SCN, made up of current and former military and law enforcement experts, is the official security and safety organization of the American Jewish community.  Just as Israel has an Iron Dome to protect its citizens from attack, SCN seeks to provide a “security shield” for America’s Jewish community.

To lead this effort, Mark Jardina has accepted the position of Regional Security Advisor. Jardina succeeds previous Director of Security, Brian Johnson, who continues to be a valuable resource and source of information throughout the transition.

Jardina has over twenty years of experience in both government and private homeland security sectors. He has worked with the U.S. Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security and distinguished himself during service in the United States Marine Corps. His experience includes creating, implementing, and directing domestic and international security programs focused on safety, executive protection, physical security, counterintelligence, crisis management, disaster recovery, and more. He has worked with government entities, Fortune 30 companies, and non-profit organizations.

Michael Masters, CEO of the SCN, said “Given the threats facing the Jewish community, as we saw in Pittsburgh and in multiple foiled attack plots since, increasing the safety and security of the Jewish community is critical. The partnership between The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and SCN is the first of its kind for a large Federation. It is a professional security operation, keenly aware of and responsive to the needs of the Jewish community. We are honored to partner with Federation and look forward to working with them on enhancing the safety and security of the places attended by the Washington-area community.”

“The Jewish Federation is proud to partner with SCN in advancing our communal security and safety,” noted Gil Preuss, CEO of The Jewish Federation. “Greater Washington will undoubtedly benefit from Mark’s proven expertise, and we look forward to working with him.”

Secure Community Network (SCN), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, has served since 2004 as the official homeland security and safety initiative of the organized Jewish community in North America. Established under the auspices of The Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, SCN works to enhance the safety and security of those within 147 Federations, the 50 largest Jewish non-profit organizations in North America and over 300 independent Jewish communities. SCN aims to foster a culture of empowerment, collaboration and vigilance, ensuring that Jewish organizations, communities, as well as life and culture can not only exist safely and securely, but flourish. Learn more at securecommunitynetwork.org.