JCC in Owings Mills, Jewish school in Annapolis targeted with bomb threats

A Jewish Community Center in Owings Mills and a Jewish day school in Annapolis received bomb threats Monday amid a rash of such incidents reported at JCCs and Jewish day schools across the country since January.The threat was called into the front desk of...

JCC in Owings Mills, Jewish school in Annapolis targeted with bomb threats

A Jewish Community Center in Owings Mills and a Jewish day school in Annapolis received bomb threats Monday amid a rash of such incidents reported at JCCs and Jewish day schools across the country since January.

The threat was called into the front desk of the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC around 10 a.m., JCC of Greater Baltimore CEO Barak Hermann wrote in an email to members. Hermann said the JCC notified Baltimore County police and that authorities believe the threats are similar to other threats JCCs around the country have received.

Hermann said the JCC's security team determined it was safe and was resuming regular operations.

"After consultation and conducting an extensive sweep of the building, we determined that an evacuation of the JCC was not required," he said. "We continue to make security and safety our foremost priority. We are closely monitoring the situation and coordinating with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, as well as the Secure Community Network (SCN), which is focused on security for Jewish institutions throughout North America."

The JCC on Park Heights Avenue in Baltimore received two previous hoax bomb threats.

The Aleph Bet Jewish Day School in Annapolis also received a phone bomb threat Monday morning, Annapolis police said. The school was evacuated and determined to be safe. Authorities did not know whether the incident was tied to the threats at the JCCs.

Jewish centers and schools across the nation coped with another wave of bomb threats Monday as officials in Philadelphia began raising money to repair and restore hundreds of vandalized headstones at a Jewish cemetery.

Jewish Community Centers and day schools in at least a dozen states received...

Jewish centers and schools across the nation coped with another wave of bomb threats Monday as officials in Philadelphia began raising money to repair and restore hundreds of vandalized headstones at a Jewish cemetery.

Jewish Community Centers and day schools in at least a dozen states received...

The JCC Association of North America said there were 20 incidents of bomb threats called into 13 JCCs and seven Jewish day schools in 11 states on Monday. All of the buildings have been declared safe and are operating normally, the JCC Association said.

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