A Campaign for Community Security




Times are changing. With your help, we are responding. We are committed to keeping our families, institutions and community gatherings safe.


The security needs of our community require increased resources to meet them. The Federation has launched ROCStrong, a three-year, $10 million campaign to:

  • Upgrade the security infrastructure of our 25 local Jewish institutions - $3 million
  • Establish an endowment to support security needs in perpetuity - $7 million


Please consider a gift to support ROCStrong. Community security affects every one of us, and we all have a part to play. Help us keep our Rochester community, and everyone in it, safe.


Thanks to the generous support of the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation all donations up to $25,000 will be matched, doubling the impact of your gift.


If you have any questions about ROCStrong or how to make a gift, please contact Deborah Trimble, Director of Philanthropy, at dtrimble@jewishrochester.org.  






Director of Jewish Community Security

Mark Henderson


Community Security Campaign

Howard Crane, Co-Chair

Michael Gordon, Co-Chair


Community Security Committee

Dennis Kessler, Co-Chair

Linda Kingsley, Co-Chair

Security Measures to Date


Conducted security awareness and preparedness trainings for community members, organizations and synagogues.

Allocated supplementary funding to local synagogues to provide enhanced security for the 2019 High Holidays.

Hired a Director of Community Security.

Welcome Mark Henderson

We welcome Mark Henderson, who has joined the Federation as our Director of Community Security.  Learn more>