Comings and Goings:
The Community Security Service (CSS);
Jewish Learning Venture

The Community Security Service (CSS), the leading organization focused on providing training to build its on the ground volunteer led physical security teams and safety programs that protect Jewish communities nationally, has named Evan Bernstein chief executive officer.

Mr. Bernstein joins CSS with leadership experience of more than 20 years and has been at the forefront of fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of hate, including a long tenure at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), where he served for seven years as the organization’s regional director for New York and New Jersey, and subsequently as Vice President of its Northeast Division overseeing the Connecticut and Boston-based regional offices.

In order to meet the latest security demands of the Jewish community, and respond to the urgency of new manifestations of anti-Semitism, CSS has secured material first-time or increased grants from UJA-Federation of New York, The Paul E. Singer Foundation, Rowan Family Foundation, Jeffrey Talpins, The Price Family Foundation, and significant contributions from other anonymous individuals and foundations.


Rabbi Philip Warmflash, Executive Director at Jewish Learning Venture, has announced that he will be retiring as of August 31, 2020.

Rabbi Warmflash is the founding Executive Director of Jewish Learning Venture, the successor to the successful merger of Philadelphia’s Jewish Outreach Partnership and the Auerbach Center for Jewish Education. Previously, Rabbi Warmflash was the first Executive Director of Community Hebrew Schools and the founding Executive Director of Jewish Outreach Partnership. Rabbi Warmflash came to Philadelphia almost 30 years ago with the goal of reinforcing, creating and implementing innovative programs directed at children, families and Jewish communal organizations in an effort to build stronger Jewish communities in the Greater Philadelphia Area.