The Young Israel of Monsey and Wesley Hills was the center of attention last evening as it played host to a significant training seminar on human threat detection. Participants included members from key organizations within Rockland County, including Chaverim Of Rockland, New Square Ershte Hilf, Faist EMS, and several others.
The training was orchestrated by the Synagogue Security Council of North America (SSCNA), a nonprofit organization on the frontlines of equipping members of the Jewish community with lifesaving skills and technology. Their main goal is to establish safer synagogues and foster a network of trained volunteer first responders who can effectively respond to threats at no cost.
What made the training exceptionally unique was its facilitators. Greg Williams and Brian Marren, from Arcadia Cognerati, were the lead trainers for the evening. Both are globally acknowledged experts in human behavior. The seminar centered around detecting potential dangers concealed within daily routines. Attendees were introduced to the intricacies of Human Behavior Pattern Recognition and Analysis.
Williams emphasized the essence of their teachings, saying, “Danger and opportunity hide in plain sight around us. Without the training to recognize the cues forming clusters of human behavior, we may be oblivious. Our program empowers attendees to perceive signs, gather evidence, and deduce the most probable, and perhaps more vitally, the most perilous courses of action in their surroundings.”
Although Congressman Mike Lawler couldn’t be present at the event, he shared a video message emphasizing the significance of vigilance and ensuring the safety of the community.
The urgency and relevance of such training cannot be overstated. Recent terror attacks in Eretz Yisroel have intensified the demand for specialized security and firearm training. This surge mirrors the escalating wave of antisemitism experienced across America, manifesting through protests, marches, and unsettling social media threats. This atmosphere has prompted many in the American Jewish community to re-evaluate long-standing reservations about firearm ownership and the necessity for robust safety training for both institutions and individuals.