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Security

Combatting Antisemitism

“A full 63% of religious hate crimes are motivated by antisemitism— targeting a group that makes up just 2.4% of our population. Foreign terrorist organizations… continue to target Jewish Americans in their attack plots. But we also confront the threat of people here, on our soil, whose hateful views—often paraded online—boil over into acts of violence.”

Director Christopher Wray, Federal Bureau of Investigation, November 10, 2022

JewishColumbus’ security goal is to help the Columbus-area Jewish community increase its mindset and preparedness to be and feel safe, including our confidence to respond to and, if need be, survive all antisemitic threats and incidents. To that end, our efforts focus on liaison with law enforcement, Jewish security organizations, and our partnering agencies to collect and share intelligence and expertise that assesses the threat to the Jewish community in the greater Columbus area and identifies the best measures and protocols to address that threat.

Immediately call 9-1-1 if you witness:

  • any act of violence
  • destruction/defacement of property
  • suspicious activity (e.g., menacing behavior, active loitering, probing security measures or unusual questioning/photographing)

If you witness antisemitic markings on property or antisemitic harassment/intimidation towards Jewish persons, then please report it to JewishColumbus by emailing our Director of Community-wide Security, Stephen Flowers, at stephen@jewishcolumbus.org, including photos if possible.