The National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish Education established Operation Survival in 1988 to provide prevention services in schools in the Crown Heights area such as rap groups, family intervention and classes for the parents of these students.

Operation Survival provides classes and seminars in preventive measures, educational seminars for co-dependants, referral to counseling for high-risk children and a prevention program in the schools. The program networks with other agencies and hospitals and provides information to educators, social service and medical professionals, clergy and community agencies.

Operation Survival is the first program to combat alcoholism and substance abuse in both the Jewish and African-American communities in Brooklyn.