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Another threat at Whitefish Bay Jewish Community Center

14 March 2017

BEACHWOOD, Ohio- The Beachwood Police Department is investigating a bomb threat at the Mandel Jewish Community Center.

JCC Director Eldad Goldfarb said they received an email around 9 a.m. that stated there was a bomb in the building.

Late last month, ADL issued a security advisory for Jewish centers across the USA and Canada following the fifth wave of bomb threats, and offered resources explaining best practices for organizations that do receive threats.

A statement was given by Whitefish Bay Jewish Community Center official Jay Hodin, who called the repeated threats a "major inconvenience" to those who frequent the facility, going on to say that synagogue-goers often feel these types of threats are false alarms. To date, the threats have turned up nothing.

The umbrella organization is changing its emergency protocol, specifically how it alerts Jewish schools, synagogues and seniors' centres in the event of a bomb threat or other unsafe situations.

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The Mandel JCC instituted its emergency protocols Sunday after it received the threat.

It was the second time in the last week that threats have been received by some of these JCCS.

The Jewish Community Center in Brighton was evacuated Sunday while authorities investigated. They found nothing suspicious in this incident either.

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Another threat at Whitefish Bay Jewish Community Center