Security Updates & Resources

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Community Security Enterprise of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

In 2019, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington partnered with Secure Community Network (SCN) to enhance our community’s safety, security, and preparedness posture. SCN, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), is the official safety and security organization of the Jewish community in North America. Founded in 2004 under the auspices of The Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, SCN works on behalf of 146 federations, the 50 largest Jewish nonprofit organizations in North America, and over 300 independent communities as well as with other partners in the public, private, nonprofit, and academic sectors to ensure the safety, security, and resiliency of the Jewish people.

Community Security Services

Our Security team provides services to community institutions to enhance their safety, security, and emergency preparedness posture. These services are provided free of charge to non-profit Jewish community institutions, including synagogues, day schools, JCCs, and Jewish service organizations.

Security Advice and Consultation: The foundation of a security program begins with an assessment of an institution or organization’s current security posture. Our Security team can advise and coach the institution through that process. The team will meet with the organization’s leadership to identify needs and to develop a roadmap towards building a strong safety and security posture and culture. Our team also conducts formal Threat, Vulnerability, and Risk Assessments (TVRAs) to support security planning and applications for grant monies from federal, state, and local governments for security enhancements.

Contact us to request a consultation or a security assessment.


Safety and Security Training: One of the most effective, no-cost measures to enhance an organization’s safety and security posture is training its members, staff, and others in situational awareness, Active Threat Response, and Greeter-Usher practices. These classes, and others, customized to the needs of each organization, build personal confidence, preparedness, and resilience in the face of a crisis or emergency and begin the development of a safety and security culture in the organization.

Find more information on safety, security, and preparedness training offered.


Information Sharing: Nationally, SCN maintains a Duty Desk with an on-call Analyst available to Jewish community leaders and government partners. The Duty Desk provides 24-hour threat monitoring, intelligence analysis, and liaison with local, state, and federal agencies. Locally, our Security team operates SCN Alert, a state-of-the-art emergency communications platform that allows them to provide vital, timely information to staff, community institutions, and partners through SMS and email notifications to subscribers.

Individual community members can subscribe to SCN’s Daily Update of security related news.

Subscribe your organization’s primary and secondary points of contact for safety and security matters to SCN Alert.

Find additional safety, security, and preparedness resources.

Our Community Security Team

Our team consists of a Regional Security Advisor (RSA), who also serves as the Security Director for The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, and a Deputy Regional Security Advisor (D/RSA), who also serves as Campus Security Coordinator for the Jewish community campus in Rockville, MD.

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About the Regional Security Advisor

Robert Graves joined SCN in October 2019 as Regional Security Advisor for the National Capital Region, encompassing Washington, DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia, advising Jewish organizations and institutions in the area. In this role, Robert also serves as Director of Security for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

Robert came to SCN from The MITRE Corporation, where he was a Program Manager and Principal Advisor for counterintelligence, law enforcement, and cybersecurity for U.S. government clients.

Robert brings with him experience and expertise developed over a 35-year career focused on security and counterintelligence matters, within the U.S. military, law enforcement, and the intelligence community. A U.S. Army veteran, he spent 22 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, assigned to the Atlanta Division, FBI Headquarters, and the Houston Division, and specializing in counterintelligence, counterproliferation, counterterrorism, and undercover operations. He was also member of the Behavioral Analysis Program team, developing investigative and interrogation strategies and conducting risk of violence assessments in support of National Security investigations. Robert retired from the FBI in 2017, as a Supervisory Special Agent.

As a U.S. Army Military Intelligence Officer, Robert served in Germany, at Fort Bragg, NC, and in Italy. He is also a Desert Shield/Desert Storm veteran.

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About the Deputy Regional Security Advisor

Chris Usher joined Secure Community Network (SCN) in December 2019, as the Deputy Regional Security Advisor for the National Capital Region. One of his major responsibilities is as the Campus Security Coordinator for the Jewish community campus in Rockville, MD, which includes the Bender Jewish Community Center, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Synagogues, and assisted living facilities. In this role, Chris coordinates and manages all security and emergency operations, manages the security force, and oversees the mass notification system.

Regionally, Chris, facilitates safety, security, and emergency preparedness for the Jewish community through consultation, education and training as well as conducting threat, vulnerability and risk assessments. He also advises organizations on Emergency Operation Plans and Standard Operating Procedures. Chris continually maintains partnerships with local, state, and federal law enforcement as well as emergency management agencies in order to provide the Jewish community with the best security practices.

Chris brings with him over 20 years security experience in the military, US State Department, and the corporate world. Chris is a US Marine Corps veteran, having served with US Marine Guard Forces at US Embassies in Germany and Myanmar.