Las Vegas– To better protect members of the Jewish community across Nevada who attend area synagogues, day schools, and other facilities, Jewish Nevada announced a new partnership with Secure Community Network (SCN) to launch a statewide security program, including the hiring of a full-time Regional Security Advisor, who will oversee the initiative. SCN is the official safety and security organization of the Jewish community in North America.
With the announcement of the Community Security Initiative, Jewish Nevada joins the growing network of Federations and communities partnering with SCN to launch community-based security initiatives designed around an “All Threats, All Hazards” approach to preparedness, safety, security, and resiliency across the community. The program will be connected to SCN’s national network, providing direct access to the National Jewish Security Operations Command Center, SCN’s Duty Desk and Intelligence Analysts, as well as best practice security resources and support related to policies, procedures, physical security, facility assessments, training, and incident response.
To lead the effort, public safety expert and law enforcement veteran Beth LaManna has been hired to serve as the first Regional Security Advisor for the greater Jewish Nevada statewide community. LaManna will serve as a representative of SCN and will work full-time to develop and administer a comprehensive program that provides threat mitigation, security consultation, and trainings to Jewish institutions throughout the region. Locally, LaManna will work closely with ADL, the community’s lead partner on antisemitism and hate crimes, and other Jewish community organizations.
LaManna is a 22-year veteran of the FBI, having served in a variety of capacities and assignments within the New York field office, to include as a Special Agent in the Criminal Division, conducting investigations into organized and violent crimes and civil rights violations. She also served as a crisis negotiations coordinator and managed and directed all planning and operations, having served over a decade as a crisis negotiator. Additionally, LaManna served as primary coordinator for the National Center for Analysis of Violent Crimes within the FBI. Following her retirement from the FBI, LaManna recently served as Director of Security for Queens College in Flushing, NY, where she was responsible for overseeing public safety and security for nearly 25,000 students, faculty, and staff across an 80-acre campus. LaManna holds both Masters and Doctorate degrees in psychology from Wayne State University.
“We are thrilled to have Beth join our Federation and state- wide community as the first Regional Security Advisor,” said Jewish Nevada President & CEO Stefanie Tuzman. “With the dramatic increase in antisemitic incidents and acts of hate over the past several years, Jewish communal security has never been more
important. Beth’s tremendous knowledge, expertise, and law enforcement relationships and partnerships will help keep our state safe and secure.”
Michael Masters, CEO of SCN, said, “It’s critical to strengthen the safety and security of the Jewish community given the threats we regularly face. The partnership provides a professional security operation to the greater Las Vegas and broader community that is rooted in best practice and keenly aware of and responsive to the needs of the Jewish community. We are honored to partner with Jewish Nevada, and their community, and look forward to working with them on enhancing the safety and security of the places attended by the Jewish community.”
LaManna will serve as an expert advisor to Jewish institutions such as synagogues and day schools and establish a system of collaboration, coordination, and communication among organizations. She will also serve as a liaison to local, state, and federal law enforcement and represent the Federation and the Jewish community in public security forums.
“I am excited to join the Federation and contribute to the safety and security of the Jewish community across Nevada,” LaManna said. “I hope to use my extensive law enforcement and security background to protect the community from all forms of threats.”
Following an intensive onboarding process, to include immersive community visits to introduce Ms. LaManna to the Federation system, existing security programs, and security issues and concerns specific to the Jewish community and training related to security assessments and active threat response, Ms. LaManna will be onsite in Nevada for the launch of the regional security program in mid-October.
Jewish Nevada is Nevada’s Jewish Federation, serving as the representative organization for the 70,000 Jews in Nevada. It is the only organization charged with assessing and addressing the needs of the entire community. Jewish Nevada works diligently to build a vibrant community and sustain Jewish life throughout Nevada, Israel, and around the world. It is committed to the values of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world); Tzedakah (righteousness and philanthropy); and G’milut Hasadim (acts of kindness and service).
The Secure Community Network (SCN), a nonprofit 501(c)(3), is the official safety and security organization of the Jewish community in North America. Founded in 2004 by The Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, SCN supports individuals and Jewish organizations through information and intelligence-sharing, security assessments of organizations and facilities, training, consultation, and incident response. Working on behalf of 146 Federations, 50 partner organizations and over 300 independent communities as well as with other partners across sectors, the Secure Community Network works exclusively to ensure the safety, security, empowerment, and resiliency of the Jewish people.