The Baltimore Jewish Council and The Associated work with partners in local, state and federal law enforcement to help ensure security at institutions across the region’s Jewish community.

The Director of Security, Keith Tiedemann, conducts security assessments at synagogues, schools and other Jewish organizations to offer suggestions for improvement. For information on scheduling an assessment, contact

The BJC regularly organizes community programs and trainings related to security, and also shares information on security trainings offered by different government agencies. To learn about future programs, sign up for the BJC’s email distribution list.

Each year, the BJC advocates for funding for security at both the state and federal levels. Working with the Jewish Federations of North American, the BJC has successfully doubled the amount of federal grant money available for security in recent years. Meanwhile, through the BJC’s work advocating in the Maryland General Assembly, the BJC has been successful in winning approval for security grants for organizations at risk of hate crimes. Last year, the BJC’s work netted more than $8 million for security to organizations who may be the target of a hate crime.

Synagogues, schools and institutions are encouraged to join the BJC’s security information distribution network, including information on applying for state and federal security grants. Please contact to sign up.