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Homeland Security leaders meet Jewish reps

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Directors of the Department of Homeland Security’s faith-based initiative and bombing prevention program met with Jewish leaders in New York to tour Jewish security operations.

On Tuesday, the directors met with Secure Community Network , a group that provides safety and security training to Jewish organizations. Representatives of the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs and many major synagogues attended.

Secure Community Network provides security planning for High Holiday services and Jewish summer camps, trains its members in disaster response, and works with the Department of Homeland Security to provide training about terrorism to community members.

The DHS Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives was created in March of 2006 to determine what factors prevent faith and community organizations from participating in the department’s program, particularly in the wake of the lack of coordination between the government agency and community groups in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

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