16 Nov 2018 by CST
CST strives to constantly ensure that volunteers, as well as those that teach them the skills to protect our Jewish community, are constantly kept up to date with the latest security principles and knowledge. CST hosts training sessions throughout the year, for all our volunteers, instructors and members of the community, to keep our Jewish community safe.
CST held a National Instructors Seminar at its head office in London. Over 35 Instructors from across the UK attended a packed day. They reviewed antisemitic incidents that had taken place around the world so they could learn the security lessons from these incidents. They reviewed current training protocols and looked at ideas from the new threats the Jewish community faces today.
CST Instructors come from across the CST spectrum. Instructors undergo extensive training, not only in security but also in the best way to train volunteers to the highest levels in a short space of time. Instructors are also security volunteers themselves and give up additional time to train the community.
As the seminar coincided with Remembrance Sunday, a 2 minutes silence was held at 11.00am with all instructors remembering the sacrifice so many gave to ensure our freedoms.
CST’s National Head of Training said:
“Instructors play one of the most important roles in CST. The fact they devote so much time training and securing our community is a testament to their commitment to protecting our Jewish community. I could not be prouder to have such a great team of Instructors. As the community demands the highest standards of security, then CST will ensure its Instructors are trained to the highest possible level.”
Adam, an Instructor from Manchester said:
“It was a great day and always is when all the Instructors get together. This one was special as the 2 minutes silence meant so much to us as we remember those who have fallen in defence of our country.”
If you would like to join CST as a security volunteer and be trained by CST’s high-level instructors, please contact CST’s training team to find out more about what we offer. All training is free of charge.
Psychological Resilience Training: Preparing the Jewish Community to recover emotionally from crisis
16 Nov 2018 by CST
As part of a push to improve the overall resilience of the Jewish community, CST recently organised and hosted two full-day Psychological Resilience Conferences, one in Manchester and one in London. The aim of the conferences was to give communal organisations the tools with which to prepare themselves in the event of a major incident or crisis. Read more…
1 Nov 2018 by CST
On Shabbat, the world recoiled in horror at the murder of 11 Jews during a brit milah ceremony at the Tree of Life Or L’Simcha synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh. The suspect, Robert Bowers, attacked the synagogue with three handguns and an assault rifle and allegedly shouted: “all Jews must die.” Upon arrest, he told law enforcement officers that Jews “are committing genocide to my people. I just want to kill Jews.” Bowers’ social media was rife with neo-Nazi inspired Jew-hate. Read more…
29 Oct 2018 by CST
Following the tragic mass casualty shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, USA, this Shabbat, CST has sent this security bulletin to all UK Jewish communal venues, requesting that our community remains calm, vigilant and cooperative with security measures. Read more…
26 Oct 2018 by CST
In 2003, the Jewish community in Istanbul was devastated when two truck bombs targeted the Bet Israel and Neve Shalom synagogues, killing 25 people. Many of the injuries were caused by shattered glass. In order to learn from this terrible experience, CST set up the Protective Windows Project to ensure that communal buildings’ windows would be able to withstand any such attack. Read more…
24 Oct 2018 by CST
Earlier this month Hassan Butt, a former leading member of the Manchester branch of the notorious Islamist organisation al-Muhajiroun, was jailed for 13 years. Read more…
23 Oct 2018 by CST
Convicted Holocaust denier, Robert Faurisson died this week in Vichy, France. Faurisson not only denied the deaths of 6 million Jews in Europe, but also unapologetically mocked the Holocaust. Renowned French historian Valerie Igounet, labelled him a “forger.” Faurisson died the day after addressing an event organised by assistant editor of the UK far-right publication, Heritage and Destiny. Before the end of the event, when the Shepperton hotel management who were unwittingly hosting the event, realised the true nature of what was going on in their hotel, the management “demanded” the conference ended, and when met with opposition from the Holocaust deniers, the meeting was forcibly finished. Read more…