Multiple Jewish community centers in at least five states received phoned-in bomb threats on Monday. Authorities are currently investigating the threats, though no actual bombs were found in any of the facilities.
The JCC Palisades in Tenafly, New Jersey, evacuated the building after their center received a bomb threat over the phone. The center sent out a text alerting others to the situation, and all programs were cancelled for the day. Parents of children in the preschool at the center were told to pick up their children.
And here's a seventh bomb threat against a Jewish community center today: Tenafly, New Jersey. https://t.co/Au9JI7pgfc
— Angus Johnston (@studentactivism) January 9, 2017
NBC New York reports that Federal authorities teamed up with the local law enforcement to investigate the threats. A sweep of the area was carried out, but the searches yielded no incendiary devices. People were allowed back into the building shortly after 1:30 p.m.
Jewish community centers in four other states including Florida, Maryland, Tennessee, and South Carolina also received called-in bomb threats though searches of the premises yielded similar results.
Members of JCC MetroWest in West Orange, New Jersey, were sent notifications detailing the center’s updated security protocols. These editions involved relocating its guard post and rotating guards on duty, as well as installing brighter lights in the garage. The email reassured the members that the center will be taking every precaution to keep them safe while they are at the center.
“We know of NO immediate threat to our JCC, we have made these adjustments as part of our ongoing effort to consistently review our security program and put in place the recommendations of well qualified security professionals.”