Jewish Federation Begins security initative by Making security Manager position


The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has created a new position of security director for the Jewish community and has hired Bradley W. Orsini, a soon-to-be retired FBI agent, to meet with the post.

Mr. Orsini will be responsible for planning, directing and coordinating the security and protection of the Jewish Federation and of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community associations, including day schools, synagogues and Jewish communal associations.

“Our community Jewish organizations have lots of appropriate steps in place, but there’s definitely more that a safety specialist can bring about these attempts,” Andrew Stewart, who chairs the Jewish Federation ad hoc committee who explored the need for the safety director and directed the hiring procedure, explained at a news release. “In the experience of other communities around the country, we are aware that our Jewish community would benefit from the coordination, training and expert support for safety initiatives that somebody in this role could provide.”

Mr. Orsini, an FBI agent for over 25 decades, will assume the new position Jan. 3.

“With his wealth of expertise, the Jewish Federation and the Pittsburgh Jewish community are very fortunate to have Brad Orsini as our safety director,” Milo Averbach, chief fiscal officer of the Jewish Federation along with the staff person responsible for the hiring procedure, said in a media release.

A fund inside the Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh supplied resources to set the new place. Position responsibilities include assessing Jewish community requirements, advocating measures to strengthen present safety measures, and coordinating with Jewish agencies and authorities first responders.

The Jewish Federation worked together with the Secure Community Network, a nationwide homeland security initiative of the Jewish Federations of North America, to Assess the need for a safety director. In addition, SCN helped with the hiring procedure.

Mr. Orsini will use the community to develop goals and goals and will create, execute and monitor guidelines, processes and programs to coordinate safety and incident response to reach these goals. Additionally, he will help build relationships and coordinate activities by state, local and federal law enforcement agencies, the federation said.

Even though an FBI agent, Mr. Orsini most recently has been supervisory special agent, emergency manager and training coordinator for the Pittsburgh Division. Before that, he worked together with the Public Corruption Squad at New Jersey, about the Crisis Management Team at Pittsburgh and as the manager of the FBI’s Community Outreach Program at Pittsburgh.

In 2015, he was awarded the Western Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Agency Directors Award for leading the FBI’s answer to several mass-casualty critical events, including the Franklin Regional High School stabbing along with the Monroeville Mall shooting. In September, Mr. Orsini has been given the FBI Director’s Award for Excellence in Education and Professional Development.

Jeffrey Finkelstein, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, said in an announcement it’s only sensible that the federation staff and create such a situation.

“Safety events affecting the Jewish community — including shootings, acts of terrorism and other attacks — have become increasingly common around the world. Coordinating safety, training volunteers and employees, and implementing best practices can help discourage such crimes and stop or decrease threat to Jewish Pittsburgh if they occur”