In wake of Norway attack, Jewish summer camps to get briefing


WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Security Community Network is convening a conference call for organizers of Jewish camps and travel programs in the wake of the Norway massacre.

The call, which is set to take place Wednesday, will feature security experts, including SCN director Paul Goldenberg.

"This unprecedented violent and targeted attack against a youth camp sent shock waves around the world," said a flyer sent out by the network, which is funded by the Jewish Federations of North America.

The attacker killed 68 people, including youths as young as 14, in a shooting spree at a camp near Oslo, as well as eight people in a bombing in downtown Oslo.

"The targeting of children, the sheer number of casualties and duration of the attack left many questioning, ‘How could this happen?!’ " SCN said in its flyer. "While a mass shooting event is a rare occurrence and unlikely event, by their very nature, camps in general remain a vulnerable ‘soft target’ that have been the target of past terror plots and attacks."

Along with Goldenberg, the call will include commentary from William Ryan, a protective security adviser at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Jeffrey Slotnick, a security adviser to SCN.

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