Jewish community responds to another bomb threat at area JCC

Posted at 11:18 PM, Mar 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-16 06:41:02-04

It's happened again. A Jewish community center in our area has been the victim of another bomb threat. It overnight Tuesday at the JCC in Owings Mills.

This is the second bomb threat there in just over two weeks. It came in the form of an overnight email.

Baltimore County police received the call around 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, nothing was found and no evacuation was needed.

Now, the Jewish community as a whole wants a stop to these threats.

"It's gut wrenching, it is really disturbing to see this kind of level of hate and fear that people are trying to instill," JCC CEO Barak Hermann said.

"We're constantly on alert these days and unfortunately we're prepared every day wondering if it's going to happen, another threat," he continued.

And although the staff is ever vigilant, they say they won't be victims.

"We're just not going to tolerate it we're going to continue to work to fight against hate, fight against Antisemitism," said Hermann.

It's a fight Jewish leaders say affects everyone.

"No one should be a bystander when acts of hatred are committed, everyone has to feel as though they themselves were under threat," said Marvin Pinkert, executive director of the Jewish Museum of Baltimore.

In light of these threats that have been seen nationwide in recent months, JCC leaders are proactive.

"We have meetings with the FBI, The Department of Homeland, our security consultants we are doing every single thing we can to ensure our building is safe and secure," Hermann said.

"There's always a sense of concern, there's not a sense of worry I feel like our safety protocols are in really good shape," the JCC's chief operating officer Paul Lurie said..

But the underlying truth is one the Jewish community hopes will be clear to everyone, especially those targeted.

"This is not a political act, not a legitimate political act but rather an act of hatred," said Pinkert.


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