Safeguarding our Jewish Community Against Anti-Semitism

New Grant will help protect Greater Hartford’s Jewish Community

The Jewish Community Foundation awarded a $50,000 grant to help launch the Jewish Hartford Secure Community Initiative to help combat the growing danger of violent anti-Semitism.

This new program is led by the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford in partnership with the Secure Community Network, a national nonprofit devoted to protecting the Jewish community.

The grant supported hiring a security director to work with a security committee to oversee the initiative, and the convening of a security council comprising representatives from agencies and synagogues across the Greater Hartford region to provide ongoing guidance.

Our new security director, John Colangelo, plays a key role in bolstering site security, delivering community training, strengthening relationships and intelligence sharing with law enforcement, facilitating emergency communications and response, and accessing government funds for security enhancements.


John Colangelo, Security Director for the Jewish Hartford Secure Community Initiative, and John Stemen, Secure Community Network’s Director of Campus Safety and Security for Hillel International, attend an SCN event at UCONN.

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