Crisis Preparedness and Response

Being there for individuals, families, and organizations in need is central to the Federation's mission. For those times when crisis strikes an entire community, from hurricanes to hate crimes, we engage partners in emergency preparedness and response to help those affected weather the storm.



The Federation is committed to pre-empting crises whenever possible. One way is helping make the places where Jews and our interfaith neighbors gather safer and more secure. Our Security Task Force is at the helm of programs from security training and assessments to a communications network for Jewish and other faith-based organizations. To date, Federation has helped bring more than $8 million in security enhancements to local Jewish organizations


When anti-Semitism rears its ugly head, the Federation gets the call. We are proud of our relationships with interfaith clergy, law enforcement partners, and elected officials. They enable us to advocate for the Jewish and other faith communities when expressions of bias arise from primary schools and universities to the media and public spaces.

Natural Disasters

When natural disaster strikes, as with the recent unprecedented storms from Texas to Puerto Rico, the Federation aids displaced residents and organizations in the Jewish commuinity and beyond. Our emergency response ranges from raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in two weeks to our young volunteers making mezzuzah covers and candle sticks for families who lost everything.


Standing Up for the Other


Thousands of interfaith religious, civic, and community leaders and members are pledging to stand up for harmony among our area's diverse population. The Stand Up for the Other Pledge was created by Dr. Mohammed Ali Chaudry to encourage people to confront bigotry toward people of any faith. 

  • Take-the-pledge.jpg
  • Dr. Mohammed Ali Chaudry, co-founder of the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge; Rabbi Marc Klein of Monmouth Reform Temple; and Jared Maples, Director of the NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness; taking the pledge.


More of What We Do