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Protecting Jewish Communities Against Swatting and other Antisemitic Threats

Featuring Alex Friedfeld, Matthew J. Platkin, Ariella Loewenstein, Rabbi Rachel Steiner, Rebecca Ulam Weiner

Livestream Mar 6, 11:30am-12:30pm ET Jewish Communal Safety
Hear from intelligence experts, security and Jewish community professionals about the growth of organized antisemitic harassment campaigns like swatting pre- and post-October 7th. Learn how to prepare for and combat these acts of antisemitism intended to disrupt synagogues and traumatize Jewish communities.


Matthew J. Platkin

New Jersey Attorney General

Matthew J. Platkin is the 62nd Attorney General of New Jersey, appointed by Governor Phil Murphy on February 3, 2022.

As New Jersey’s chief law enforcement officer, Attorney General Platkin has prioritized the safety of New Jersey residents, focusing on combating violent crime and implementing innovative public safety strategies. He has specifically targeted gun crimes and auto thefts, resulting in significant reductions in both areas during his tenure. He has also spearheaded efforts to change how law enforcement responds to mental health emergencies by connecting individuals to resources, underscored by the innovative ARRIVE Together program.

The Attorney General leads a department that touches upon nearly every aspect of life in New Jersey. Its sweeping responsibilities include investigating and prosecuting crimes, representing the State’s interests in court, enforcing strong consumer protection and civil rights statutes, regulating important industries and overseeing over 38,000 law enforcement officers throughout the state. Attorney General Platkin believes that at the center of this work is public trust. With that goal in mind, he has made it a priority to utilize available resources and authority to root out public waste and abuse, eradicate corruption, hold regulated businesses and industries accountable, defend civil rights, end bias and discrimination, and increase transparency concerning law enforcement conduct.

Since his appointment, Attorney General Platkin has established several new offices within the Department of Law and Public Safety, aligning with his core priorities, and many of which represent first-in-the-nation programming. These include the Statewide Affirmative Firearms Enforcement Office, the Division of Violence Intervention and Victim Assistance and specialized units within the Division of Criminal Justice dedicated to prosecuting human trafficking and complex financial crimes. From the moment reproductive rights were put at risk under the Dobbs decision, he created and has led the Reproductive Rights Strike Force and partnered with the Governor’s Office and Legislature to protect access to reproductive healthcare.

Prior to his role as Attorney General, Platkin served as Chief Counsel to Governor Murphy, overseeing legal matters and providing counsel on legislation, executive orders, regulations, and litigation.

Platkin is a native of New Jersey, hailing from Morris County, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University and a Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School. He lives in Montclair with his wife, Sophia, and children, Robert and Maya.

Ariella Loewenstein

Deputy Regional Director of ADL Los Angeles

Ariella Loewenstein is the Deputy Regional Director for ADL Los Angeles. As Deputy Regional Director, Ms. Loewenstein oversees the administration of the office, including staff development and supervision and directs communications with various constituencies. She assists in planning, developing, and implementing advocacy initiatives, program activities, and services in the community to advance ADL’s mission within the region. She is also one of ADL’s Regional Operations Law Enforcement contacts, maintaining relationships with key Law Enforcement professionals and providing workshops on domestic terrorism, extremism and hate crimes.

She has been with the League since November 2005. Prior to coming to ADL, she worked in the Jewish community for five years at the Jewish Free Loan Association as a program coordinator and loan analyst.

Ms. Loewenstein has a master’s degree in Public Policy from USC and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science/International Relations. She also received her certificate of mediation from the Center for Conflict Resolution at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Ms. Loewenstein is a graduate of both the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (ATF) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Citizens’ Academies. She is also a current member of the California Women of Homeland Security. In 2017, she was recognized for her professional excellence by being awarded ADL’s prestigious Senn/Greenberg Award.

Rabbi Rachel Steiner

Senior Rabbi, Barnert Temple

Rabbi Rachel Steiner is the Senior Rabbi at Barnert Temple in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, the oldest Jewish congregation in New Jersey. She began serving Barnert as the Assistant Rabbi in 2010 and became the Senior Rabbi in 2018. Rabbi Steiner is passionate about engaging the growing Reform Jewish community that calls Barnert “home” in Jewish learning, creative and musical worship, social opportunities, and inspiring Jewish living that is filled with impact, joy, purpose, and connection. Rabbi Steiner is a leader in the local interfaith clergy group and works with other faith-based groups to build bridges between religious and cultural communities in Bergen County.

Rabbi Steiner graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 and attended Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in NYC where she was ordained in 2010. A proud native of the Upper West Side of New York City, Rabbi Steiner and her family are grateful to have made their home in Bergen County, NJ.

Rebecca Ulam Weiner

Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism, NYPD

Deputy Commissioner Rebecca Ulam Weiner oversees the New York City Police Department’s Intelligence & Counterterrorism Bureau, managing investigative, analytical, operational, and engagement efforts across the domains of counterterrorism, counterintelligence, criminal intelligence, infrastructure and event protection, cyber threat intelligence, and geopolitical risk. She develops and implements policy and strategic priorities for the Intelligence & Counterterrorism Bureau and publically represents the NYPD in matters involving counterterrorism and intelligence. Prior to assuming command of the Intelligence & Counterterrorism Bureau, Deputy Commissioner Weiner oversaw the NYPD’s counterterrorism operations and analysis section, developing an internationally-recognized intelligence and threat analysis program. She also served as the first representative of local law enforcement on the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s National Intelligence Council, where she focused on transnational crime and terrorism. Deputy Commissioner Weiner previously served as Assistant Commissioner for Intelligence Analysis, Legal Counsel to the Intelligence Bureau’s Intelligence Analysis Unit, and Team Leader for the Middle East & North Africa, overseeing intelligence collection and analysis related to threats associated with those regions. Prior to joining the NYPD in 2006, Deputy Commissioner Weiner was an International Security Fellow at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; a biotechnology consultant at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development; and a Science & Technology Research Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. Deputy Commissioner Weiner graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in History & Literature, and cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2005 with a Juris Doctorate. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia’s School for International and Public Affairs, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a board member of the Leadership in Counterterrorism Alumni Association, and she was admitted to the Bar of the State of New York in 2006.


Alex Friedfeld

Associate Director, Investigative Research, ADL

Alex Friedfeld is an Associate Director of Investigative Research with the ADL’s Center on Extremism, where he leads a research team that tracks a range of extremist groups and movements. To date, he has trained thousands of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers on a variety of extremism and domestic terrorism-related issues. He frequently represents the ADL on national and international outlets, including CNN, NBC, and the Guardian. Prior to joining the ADL, he worked as an analyst in the New York Police Department’s counterterrorism and intelligence bureaus where he monitored terrorist activity around the world and ran terrorism-related investigations in the city.