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April 08, 2015

Security Nonprofit Reveals Little While Advising Jewish Groups

The Jewish Daily Forward examines the history and workings of the Secure Community Network, or SCN, a nonprofit that works with U.S. Jewish organizations to bulk up their security and is laying plans to offer its services internationally.

With major Jewish charities as its sponsors and ties to the Department of Homeland Security, SCN has helped steer millions of dollars in programs to Jewish groups through public and private partnerships. It has moved quickly to assist organizations in the aftermath of incidents like last year's killings at two Kansas City-area Jewish facilities.

SCN has a budget of less than $500,000 and no staff. Nearly 85 percent of the $3.2 million it has spent in the past eight years has gone to Paul Goldenberg, its national director, or for-profit contractors he controls, but little other information about its finances is publicly available, according to the Forward. Mr. Goldenberg, a former law-enforcement officer with experience in bias crimes, did not respond to a request for comment. 

In a joint statement, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and the Jewish Federations of North America, which are represented on the security group's board, said directors regularly review SCN's spending and believe the organization "has been as transparent as possible for a critical communal security agency."