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Bomb Threat at Detroit Area
Jewish Center Among
In second round of calls, 27 Jewish Community Centers
in 17 states received bomb threats; Michigan teen called threats
A Metro Detroit Jewish Community Center was one of 27 such
institutions in 17 states receiving a second wave of bomb threats
Wednesday. The Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield
was evacuated as a precaution and students were shaken up by
threats directed at Jews, but no one was injured and no explosives
were found, according to media reports.
On Jan. 9, more than a dozen American Jewish centers in nine states
reported they had received telephone calls threatening a bomb
was inside the building. Those threats were a hoax, too.
The director of an affiliate of the Jewish federations of North
America that advises synagogues and other Jewish institutions
on security threats said his organization is in contact with the Federal
Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security.
The FBI and the Justice Department are investigating possible civil
The threats against Jews come at a time when neo-Nazi and white
supremacist groups may feel emboldened, Paul Goldenberg, the
head of Secure Community Networks, told the Jewish Telegraphic
“Their threats are much more specific, in some cases they’re calling
for armed marches, in some cases leaving very specific threats
against Jewish communities — bombing threats, harassment” he
said, citing a Whitefish, Montana, march that was planned
last year, but canceled after government, religious and other
leaders pushed back.
The Jewish Community Center Association of North America
trained staff members in security procedures after the first
round of threats. David Posner, director of strategic performance
at the association, said in a statement.
“While we’re extremely proud of our JCCs for professionally
handling yet another threatening situation, we are concerned about the anti-Semitism behind these threats,” Posner said
in a statement.
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In West Bloomfield Township, students evacuated from the building,
which houses the Frankel Jewish Academy described confusing
situation during the 20 to 30 minutes students stood outside
before they were escorted indoors to another facility. They were
eventually sent home for the day, and the JCC building was cleared
around 3 p.m.
Another student, Ilan Elrom, added: “I think it’s disgusting. I think
that people need to understand that this kind of hatred, that it
doesn’t get their message across.”
The first of the 17 threats Wednesday came in about 9:45 a.m. at
a JCC in Miami, Florida, that was evacuated so police and dogs
could sweep the building. Reuters reported that two centers in
Connecticut evacuated after receiving calls. No bombs were
found in either instance.
Threats were received in several other cities and their suburbs,
including New York, Boston, Nashville, Minneapolis and the