News – Security

  • CST supports Haztola and the Kehilla

    20 Nov 2017 by CST

    CST's National Head of Training ran a specially designed day for ten Hatzola members from the Kehilla, at CST's Hendon office on Sunday 12 November. Hatzola is a Jewish volunteer-led ambulance team which responds to medical emergencies and incidents within the community. 

  • CST prepares to protect our Jewish community in the run up to the High Holy Days

    18 Sep 2017 by CST

    CST has hosted a number of pre-High Holy Day briefings in recent weeks in order to prepare Police, security volunteers, security officers and commercial guards for the large security operation that will take place during the High Holy Day period. Briefings took place across the country, including in Leeds, Manchester, Cardiff, Liverpool, Sussex, Birmingham and London.  

  • CST holds first cyber security conference for the UK Jewish community in London

    7 Sep 2017 by CST

    Following several high profile cyber attacks that have affected businesses, charities, and government services alike, CST facilitated a one-day cyber security conference for the Chief Executives of the UK Jewish community in London. Over 40 people attended the event that took place at JW3 in North London. The aim of the conference was to provide the professional leadership of Jewish community organisations with a greater understanding of the threat and risks of cyber attacks and crucially what sort of policies and practices these organisations should be adopting to best protect themselves. 

  • CST hosts over 200 commercial guards at security training session

    1 Sep 2017 by CST

    Annually, just before the High Holy Days, CST hosts a briefing for commercial guarding companies and relevant staff. CST administers an annual Government grant for guarding at state funded Jewish schools, and since the funds began, CST has been engaging regularly with several commercial guarding companies to the ensure the Jewish community is protected.  

  • CST volunteers and commercial security guards detain man with knife

    17 Jul 2017 by CST

    On the morning of Saturday 15 July, CST volunteers and commercial security guards helped protect the Jewish community from a potentially serious incident.   Shortly after 11.15am, a man was seen running in Brent Street, Hendon, north west London. The man was barefoot and bare chested, carrying two knives (one a large kitchen style knife, the other smaller). He rushed down a narrow lane in which a synagogue is located, and which is a dead end. Ahead of him, synagogue congregants ran into the building, ushered by the synagogue’s own CST-trained security officer and a commercial security guard employed by the synagogue.

  • CST volunteers show their commitment to protecting our community after London and Manchester attacks

    13 Jun 2017 by CST

    Following the tragic Manchester and London attacks, which left 30 people dead, two hundred CST security volunteers participated in vigorous, specially designed security training scenarios. CST’s staff and volunteers are fully committed to the task at hand, confronting the threats facing both the Jewish community and our wider British society.  

  • CST working to protect the kehilla with the visit of the Belz Rebbe

    2 Jun 2017 by CST

    CST was privileged to assist the Belz community in Stamford Hill with the first visit by Rabbi Yissachar Dov Rokeach to the UK in 23 years. The Belz community approached CST just under two months before the trip, seeking assistance. There were numerous highly detailed planning meetings which led to Belz, CST and two commercial security companies working together in close partnership before and throughout the visit.    

  • Threat Level Raised to “Critical”

    24 May 2017 by CST

    The raising of the national threat level to “Critical” means that Government, Police and security services believe “an attack is expected imminently”. This threat level is highly unusual and will result in both significantly increased policing and the deployment of military personnel. There does not, at present, seem to be precise intelligence about where or when a further attack (or attacks) may occur, but crowded places appear to be at highest risk.

  • CST security recommendations cornerstone of new publication on Jewish security in Europe

    18 May 2017 by CST

    The Organisation for Security and Co-Operation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights this week launched a new publication to help governments address security needs of Jewish communities across Europe. CST’s Mike Whine MBE attended the launch at the German Parliamentary Society this week. CST is proud to have helped with the compilation of the report, which aims to help governments understand the challenges faced by Jewish communities and to help develop effective responses.

  • CST’s Deputy Head of Krav Maga visits the North to train security volunteers

    9 May 2017 by CST

    Last week CST’s Deputy Head of Krav Maga visited Leeds and Manchester to train CST security volunteers from the region. Several sessions took place as part of the re-launch of the Leeds training calendar. The goal of the training was to explain the mindset behind Krav Maga at CST and inspire people to come to training regularly.   

  • CST accredited by National Counter Terrorism Security Office to deliver Project Griffin

    2 Dec 2016 by CST

    CST is pleased to announce that the National Counter Terrorism Security Office has accredited CST to deliver Project Griffin. The project aims to keep the public safe by ensuring that the Police work together with communities across the country. The focus of Operation Griffin is encouraging and enabling members of the wider community to “detect and deter terrorist activity and crime”. The accreditation comes during Counter Terrorism Awareness Week in the UK, which CST is supporting, which aims to educate the public about terror threats to Britain and encourages people to be vigilant.   

  • CST: representing our British Jewish community

    1 Dec 2016 by CST

    CST thanks Home Secretary Amber Rudd MP for her strong support for communal security measures, as stated in her speech at a Jewish news / BICOM conference on 30 November.

  • CST welcomes 240 commercial security guards

    2 Sep 2016 by CST

    Several years ago when CST first received Government funding for guarding at state funded Jewish schools, CST began to engage regularly with numerous commercial guarding companies. Since then, CST has held an annual briefing in advance of the High Holy Days.   

  • CST working to protect the kehilla

    10 Jun 2016 by CST

    CST hosted a successful open evening this week for members of the kehilla in Stamford Hill. The evening was aimed at those interested in joining or working with CST to help protect our Jewish community. CST invests in the kehilla to ensure the ongoing safety and future protection of all Jewish communities in the United Kingdom. CST has spent, in addition to government funding administered by CST, over £1.2 million for security measures within the kehilla.  

  • CST visits Sussex Jewish community to discuss antisemitism and security concerns

    20 May 2016 by CST

    CST visited the Sussex Jewish community in Brighton last night as part of our work to ensure that all Jewish communities are protected and aware of the work that the CST does. CST’s Chief Executive, David S Delew, addressed the audience and introduced the evening.   

  • Brussels terrorism and UK security

    22 Mar 2016 by CST

    The Jihadist terror attacks in Brussels on the morning of 22 March 2016 are a tragic reminder of why security measures are in place at UK Jewish communal venues and events. We offer our condolences to all those affected by this latest outrage.  

  • CST hosts security briefings across the country ahead of Rosh Hashana

    11 Sep 2015 by CST

    CST hosted briefings in North London, Redbridge, Leeds, Manchester, Brighton, South London, Liverpool, South Wales and Birmingham ahead of the High Holy Day period.

  • CST Security Statement: Antisemitic Assault at Bowker Vale Metro Station

    8 Sep 2015 by CST

    CST is sending the below security notice to synagogues and other Jewish organisations in Greater Manchester. This follows a serious antisemitic assault in the heart of the north Manchester Jewish community.   

  • CST Hosts High Holy Day Briefings for Security Guards

    4 Sep 2015 by CST

    In recent weeks, CST has hosted two briefing sessions for commercial security guards, in our Manchester and London offices. Over 250 guards attended, triple the number who have been present in previous years, representing a wide range of guarding companies that secure Jewish schools, synagogues and communal buildings.

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“"The Guardian of Israel doesn't slumber or sleep". This feeling of safety and security that we search for and need is gratefully appreciated when it's given to us by the CST. It really is a pleasure to work with the CST and to be looked after and cared for by them. Where ever I go throughout Britain, in all our Synagogues from north to south the impact and help given by the CST is warmly valued.”

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner
Senior Rabbi, Reform Judaism