Despite many security concerns, Chicago's hosting of the NATO Summit last summer went off without a hitch. That was the result of the work of many international, federal and local enforcement agencies, as well as the meaningful cooperation of several local organizations. Last week a dozen Chicago organizations received awards from the Chicago Police Department for their special work in advance and during the summit that helped ensure its safety. JUF was among those recognized. JUF's HQs building was utilized by the CPD as an additional Loop-based operations center during the summit and senior CPD officers and JUF staff, who had participated together in two special counter-terrorism seminars in Israel, held several planning sessions to brief one another on possible threats.
After the awards ceremony, JUF Executive Vice President Jay Tcath thanked Superintendent McCarthy and his commanders, both for the nice recognition and the on-going CPD-JUF partnership, of which the NATO Summit was but one example. "Working with law enforcement is a natural and significant role for JUF, committed as we are to the safety and well-being of our own Jewish and the broader community. From advising us on ways to enhance the physical security of our Jewish community's institutions to the helping us ensure the safety of JUF events -- everything from dinners to pro-Israel rallies -- we are grateful for the concern and extraordinary commitment of the CPD," Tcath said.