Readout of Secretary Napolitano's Participation in the Joint DHS-American Jewish Community Table Top Exercise

Press Release

By:  Janet Napolitano
Date: Sept. 5, 2012
Location: Arlington, VA

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today participated in the Joint Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-American Jewish Community Table Top Exercise, hosted by DHS in partnership with the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), Secure Community Network (SCN) and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

"DHS has a long-standing partnership with the Jewish community, and I am very proud of how we have built upon and expanded it over the last three and a half years under President Obama's leadership," said Secretary Napolitano. "Our partnership with organizations and leaders of faith communities has helped, and continues to help, communities across the country prepare for threats that may originate either within our borders, or abroad."

The table top exercise is part of DHS' ongoing partnership with the Jewish community to evaluate and enhance information sharing between government agencies and the Jewish community and underscore DHS' commitment to partnering with faith-based communities to prevent, prepare for and respond to threats. Participants in today's table top exercise included: DHS Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate Rand Beers; SCN National Director Paul Goldenberg; JFNA President and CEO Jerry Silverman; Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Executive Vice Chairman Malcolm Hoenlein and representatives from the FBI and Department of State.

DHS is committed to collaborating with the Jewish community at home and abroad. In May, Secretary Napolitano traveled to Israel where she met with senior Israeli officials and signed a Joint Statement on the implementation of the Global Entry trusted traveler program, which provides expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States.

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