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Shul Services


MAGEN Chicago provides professional services to Shuls, Yeshivas, Jewish schools, and religious organizations seeking to harden or enhance their current security posture in alignment with DHS, FEMA, and ASIS standards.

Services are provided by experts intimately familiar with the unique needs, objectives, and challenges involved in securing Jewish community institutions.

Many, if not all of these services can be funded by grant money through various programs, including the DHS Non-Profit Security Grant program.

Developing & Managing Shul Security Programs


The key to effectively protecting a religious institution is to identify and manage safety and security risks. Proactively addressing areas of risk is crucial for developing an effective Shul security program.

Our experts can develop and help you implement and manage your own institutional security program, which generally involves the following:

  • Conduct a comprehensive assessment of the institution and recommend processes and programs to mitigate risks 

  • Conduct an analysis of any existing programs or processes to identify gaps in risk controls.

  • Based on recommendations, develop, help implement, and support the management of the new Shul security program.

In developing your Shul security program, our consultants will generally include a review of:

  • Background & operation of the location(s)- environment and operational routines.

  • Existing security policies/procedures. If there are no existing policies and procedures, our consultants will be able to create them.

  • Emergency Operations Manual - policies and procedures. If there are no existing policies and procedures, our consultants will be able to write them.

  • Physical security- and evaluation of electronic systems, physical countermeasures, architectural and environmental factors.

  • Security personnel, management, and security awareness training.



Our highly experienced consultants will work with your organizational leadership to compare your practices with the most current best practices in securing houses of worship and other religious institutions according to DHS, FEMA & ASIS standards. 

​Some of our most frequently requested security consulting services include:


Security Vulnerability Assessments

This service is ideal for organizations with decentralized, fragmented, or no security infrastructure that require a roadmap to guide them in the implementation of a successful security program. 


The assessment is based on the interrelationship of three key factors: personnel, procedural, and physical security measures. Our report defines the structure of risk control, including a definition of recommended programs and processes to safeguard the institution. 


Strategic recommendations resulting from the assessment are provided in a comprehensive, written form, addressing specific institutional vulnerabilities. Our consultants propose risk control solutions and can provide resources to manage the implementation.

Security Infrastructure Assessments

This service is ideal for organizations and institutions with existing programs in place that require validation of current processes. 


In many organizations, risk management and internal control activities are numerous and fragmented. This lack of alignment and coordination can result in overlaps or gaps in risk mitigation coverage. 


Through our security infrastructure assessment, our consultants can help companies identify and understand the misalignments, challenges, and improvement opportunities in an institution's risk and security frameworks. 


We conduct gap analysis using DHS, FEMA, and ASIS standards and best practices to provide a clear definition of focus areas and solutions that help management drive improvements, mitigate risk and enhance overall performance.

Synagogue Safety Officer Certification Program

Our keystone service, the SSO Program provides synagogues the opportunity for concerned and committed members to undergo vetting, education, and training.


The SSO Program provides synagogue leadership with the opportunity to recommend a member of the community or institution to be vetted and trained for synagogue safety responsibilities. The vetting process is overseen by a licensed, independent professional background screening organization, and the training and certification process is overseen by top professional instructors.

Non-Profit Security Grant Program Consulting​ & Support

Navigating the bureaucracy of applying for, receiving, and administering security grants from the federal government can be a daunting task. You don't have to go it alone- We are here to support you and maximize your chances of success in securing federal grant funds to secure your facility.


Our consultants, experienced in winning and administering grant funds for Jewish organizations, can guide you through the process or do it for you. They can even help you secure multiple grant awards at the same location. We can also connect you with recommended contractors with a proven track record and experience in the installation of critical security technology and equipment. 


You don't have to go it alone- MAGEN Chicago is here to support you and maximize your chances of success in securing federal grant funds to secure your facility.

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