Jewish Community Centers In 17 States Evacuated Amid Wave Of Bomb Threats

Jewish community centers in 17 states were evacuated Wednesday following a wave of bomb threats, which echoed a similar grouping of threats on Jan. 9.

In a statement mid-day Wednesday, the JCC Association of North America said that 28 Jewish community centers across 17 states had to “quickly engage in security protocols to ensure the safety of their participants and facilities” in response to multiple independent bomb threats.

“The calls are similar to those received by JCCs last week when 16 centers in nine states received fake bomb threats, causing many evacuations and a disruption to normal operations,” the group noted in its statement.

According to a list compiled by the Anti-Defamation League, affected community centers were located in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Delaware, Connecticut, Alabama, California, Maine, Tennessee, South Carolina, Missouri, Texas and Kansas.

ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement that the threats “do not appear to be credible.”

“Although so far these threats do not appear to be credible, we are recommending that Jewish communal institutions review their security procedures and remain in close contact with law enforcement,” Greenblatt said in the statement. “While each incident needs to be taken seriously and investigated closely, thus far we are not aware of any of these threats being substantiated.”

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