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  • 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 sets up first Jewish Community Psychological First Aider team

    26 Jul 2017 by CST

    CST has begun training current CST security officer volunteers and others from the community to become Psychological First Aiders. This has been in planning for some time and following several terror attacks in London, Manchester and across the continent, the need to deliver trauma support to the Jewish community in the event of an attack has become increasingly apparent. CST has created the first Jewish Community Psychological Response Team, led by a team of professional psychologists, to help those affected in the event of a major incident.  

  • 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 security officers graduate, following another successful year for the CST Training Department

    29 Dec 2016 by CST

    CST’s security volunteers are crucial for CST’s work keeping the Jewish community in the United Kingdom safe. With a wave of terror attacks across Europe in 2015 and 2016, the Jewish community has often been a secondary or tertiary target for attacks, such as in Copenhagen and Paris in early 2015. In light of this, CST relies on its security volunteers more than ever to protect the Jewish community.  

  • CST receives award for outstanding, unique and long term contribution to British Communal life

    11 Nov 2016 by CST

    Last night at the Jewish Chronicle 175 th Anniversary awards, CST’s Chief Executive David S Delew received, on on behalf of CST's volunteers, staff and trustees, an award for an outstanding, unique and long term contribution to British Communal life. David S Delew responded to receiving the award:

  • 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.  

  • Over 75 new volunteer security officers graduate

    21 Apr 2016 by CST

    CST wishes to congratulate  over 75 new volunteer security offices who completed their training courses over the past month. The volunteers who graduated come from all parts of the Jewish community and from all age ranges. The courses held in March and April included two intensive residential courses which challenge the recruits to ensure they can help to secure and protect our Jewish community.  

  • CST sees over 30 new security volunteers graduate

    22 Mar 2016 by CST

    Following the heinous terror attacks at Jewish locations in Paris and Copenhagen in early 2015, CST has seen record numbers of security volunteers join CST to help us ensure that we are ready to protect our community.

  • Record numbers of CST security volunteers graduate

    17 Dec 2015 by CST

    CST security volunteers are vital in CST’s work to protect our Jewish community. This year we have witnessed terror attacks directed against Jewish communities in Europe: in Paris & Copenhagen. Following the murder of Dan Uzan Z”L, the Jewish security volunteer killed whilst protecting a Bat Mitzvah in the Danish capital, CST saw a spike in the number of applicants to join our security training courses.  

  • CST accredited with good practice for volunteer management

    10 Dec 2015 by CST

    CST’s volunteers are at the heart of all our work protecting the Jewish community. We literally could not function without them and we do everything we can to ensure they have the skills and the equipment they need to do their work. This is why we are proud to have been accredited with adhering to good practice in volunteer management by the Jewish Volunteer Network. CST is now one of only 10 organisations to have received this accreditation.  

  • Danish Jewish security volunteer Dan Uzan Z”L named ‘Dane of The Year’

    10 Dec 2015 by CST

    Dan Uzan Z”L, the Jewish security guard who was slain whilst on duty at the Great Synagogue in Copenhagen, has been voted ‘Dane of the Year’ by Danish Newspaper, Berlingske. Dan was brutally murdered protecting 80 people during a Bat Mitzvah party on early Sunday 15 February 2015 by Danish-Palestinian gunman Omar El-Hussein. Dan was just 37 years old.  

  • New CST recruits graduate as security volunteers

    2 Apr 2015 by CST

    Last night, approxmately 120 new CST security volunteers graduated after completing CST training courses in London.

  • Increased support for CST since Paris, Copenhagen attacks

    16 Mar 2015 by Dave Rich

    The Jewish Telegraph Agency has written a profile of CST following the terrorist attacks in Paris and Copenhagen at the beginning of 2015. The article reveals the increased level of volunteering for CST from across the Jewish community since those attacks.

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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