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New CEO named to national security body

New CEO named to national security body

THE COMMUNITY SECURITY Service (CSS) — founded in 2007 to provide expert training to build security teams in the Jewish community nationwide — has announced the appointment of Evan Bernstein as chief executive officer.

Bernstein has more than 20 years’ experience fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, including a long tenure at the Anti-Defamation League, where he served most recently as Northeast Division vice president.

He has worked with local and state law enforcement, community leaders, and elected officials as a spokesperson for Jewish communities during and after anti-Semitic incidents across the country, including being on the ground in the aftermath of the shooting at a kosher market in Jersey City in 2019. He serves on the Interfaith Advisory Council of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and the Governor of New York’s Interfaith Council.

“I am honored to have been selected to lead a national organization whose singular, ever-critical mission is to protect Jewish life and the Jewish way of life,” Bernstein said. “CSS provides a proven empowered volunteer on-the-ground model to tangibly address the rising security threats. I am tremendously excited to continue building on the organization’s history and invaluable presence at this critical time for the American-Jewish community.”

Bernstein’s career “has been characterized by developing innovative, collaborative programs,” said Michael G. Masters, national director and CEO of the Secure Community Network (SCN), a program of Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. “I look forward to working with Evan to develop a cooperative, complementary relationship between SCN and CSS….”

With the recent increases in anti-Semitic incidents, CSS has secured major new funding sources. “We are ramping up our efforts to create a more robust operation…,” said CSS board chair Edward Sugar. “[W]e are now in a better position to push back against the rising tide of incidents singling out Jewish institutions and equip them with the critical tools needed to create secure environments.”

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