December 16, 2022

A Productive and Well-orchestrated Meeting

Jewish communal leaders in the New Jersey area met with FBI leadership at the Newark FBI field office last week to discuss working together to secure Jewish communities and protect them from rising threats of antisemitism.

The December 6 meeting was initiated by the field office in the wake of a security alert issued on November 3 indicating that the FBI had received credible information of a broad threat to synagogues in New Jersey. The threat was identified and neutralized the next day. The goal of the meeting was to discuss some of the details behind the alert and the follow-up work that was done to bring the threat to a resolution with community leaders throughout the state. Representatives of a wide range of Jewish organizations, including all four of the state’s Jewish federations, religious groups including the Orthodox Union, secular Jewish groups such as the Anti-Defamation League, and a charedi yeshiva, Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, were there.