Fourteen Jewish Community Centers and Jewish Day Schools received emailed or phoned-in bomb threats in a sixth wave of such threats which took place on Tuesday and Wednesday in six US states and one Canadian province.
Nine of the threats were sent or called in on Tuesday and the remaining five, affecting JCCs in Colorado, Delaware, Connecticut and Vancouver, Canada, took place Wednesday.
In addition four offices of the Anti-Defamation League in Washington DC, New York, Atlanta and Boston were also evacuated following similar incidents on Tuesday.
The Boulder, Colorado, JCC sent an email to members shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday notifying them of the threat and saying that law enforcement had given the JCC permission to resume operations.
“We take the safety and security of our families, our community, and our staff as a top priority,” the email said, adding that “the continuation of these threats across the country to JCCs, other Jewish institutions, and the Boulder JCC is very disheartening.”
For some JCCs affected on Tuesday and Wednesday, this wasn’t the first bomb threat they received since the first wave of harrassement began in January.
This was the case in Delazare where the center has been affected four times. Seth Katzen, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Delaware, which shares a building with the JCC, said he doesn’t know why they’ve been targeted so many times.
“We haven’t seen that drop that other communities experienced,” Katzen told JTA Wednesday. “We’re a resilient and strong community. We don’t want to give in.”
But he added, “There is a wear and tear, no question.”
In total, more than 100 bomb threats have been made against Jewish sites accross over 30 states and 2 Canadian provinces since the beginning of the year, all of them hoaxes.