Mittleman Jewish Community Center recieves bomb threat, police says

08 March, 2017, 00:20 | Author: Ora Austin
  • National NAACP President Cornell William Brooks

The Anti-Defamation League says it has received bomb threats at four of its offices Tuesday, the same day more Jewish Community Centers across the country also received threats.

Wolk JCC of Greater Rochester in Brighton, NY, was evacuated after an email alert went out to employees and members notifying them of the bomb threat.

The FBI has said it is investigating the incidents along with the Justice Department's civil rights division.

A 31-year-old St. Louis man, Juan Thompson, was charged last week with making bomb threats against several Jewish organizations nationwide to harass an ex-girlfriend.

Greenblatt said JCCs and a day school in Wisconsin, Florida, Maryland and OR were also targeted Tuesday, which he said adds to the 121 threats received since early January.

"Not that I know of - they were just coming in virtually as we were meeting", Sorkin said.

The senators expressed concern over rising anti-Semitism in the United States and an increasing number of threats against the Jewish community.

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Framingham police and fire departments, as well as the state police bomb squad unit, checked the building and did not find an explosive device.

This is the third time this JCC has been evacuated so far this year, and the second time in two weeks, police said. The Congresswoman said she was attempting to make more grant money available and added that she would try to get the officials who review grant applications to come to the area.

The JCC Association of North America said several Jewish community centers received email or phone threats overnight and early Tuesday, but didn't specify how many.

"These terrible threats go against the values of New York City and they are unacceptable to us", the mayor said.

Nancy K. Kaufman, president of the National Council of Jewish Women, said the bomb threats as well the recent toppling of headstones in some Jewish cemeteries have "deeply shaken the Jewish community". The Portland Police Bureau is continuing to investigate and has been in communication with federal law enforcement regarding the incident.

Last week, police made an arrest in connection with a bomb threat made at the Manhattan ADL office on February 22. On Monday, Booker and Rep. Donald Norcross (D-1st Dist.) joined a similar rally in Cherry Hill, where bomb threats also were phoned into the local Jewish community center there.

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