As the central organizing body for the Montreal Jewish community, Federation CJA has always been concerned with community safety, but our role has significantly expanded in recent years with the increase of antisemitic incidents and violent hate crimes both worldwide and close to home. Our Jewish community has prioritized our safety, ensuring that Jewish life in our institutions, synagogues, and Jewish day schools can continue to operate with a sense of security. That’s why the Community Security Network (CSN) was created four years ago. Federation CJA is able to deal effectively with the current rise of antisemitism in our own backyard.

Over the past few months, we have witnessed an alarming number of antisemitic incidents targeting Jewish Montrealers, both on and offline. Our security professionals are in constant communication with the Montreal Police and other authorities, including municipal security departments, to help ensure the best possible protection of our community from this wave of hatred.

Federation CJA has been leading a collaborative, community-wide effort to increase security preparedness and confidence. Our CSN has served as a point of contact for critical incident coordination, information and intelligence sharing, as well as safety and security training. In partnership with experts in the field and over 33 local Jewish institutions, we have developed best practices to enhance the safety, security, and resilience of our schools, synagogues, and agencies.

The CSN volunteer program has been training community volunteers to act as the eyes and ears of our community. The recent spike in antisemitism has shown just how important community volunteers are in such situations.

Whether you go to synagogue regularly, work out at the Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA, or use any of the services provided by Ometz or the Cummings Centre, CSN’s vigilance touches every aspect of Jewish life. We are grateful to have this dynamic team protecting the Montreal Jewish community and empowering us to be proactive about our own safety.

Remember, we all have a responsibility for our community security. If you SEE SOMETHING – SAY SOMETHING! Always call the Police (911) and then report your interaction to the Community Security desk at (514) 343-4343. 

« If you see something, say something. »

In case of emergency, please immediately call 9-1-1,
and report all incidents to the Community Security Network hotline at 514-343-4343. 


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