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  • 2 more bomb threats hit centers in Silicon Valley, Brooklyn

    (JTA) — A Jewish Community Center in Silicon Valley and a Brooklyn Jewish senior center both received bomb threats. The Addison-Penzak JCC in Los Gatos, California, was evacuated Thursday after receiving a bomb threat at 11:45 a.m. The building also includes a day school and the local offices of the Jewish federation and Jewish Family Services,…

  • Not just prayers: Synagogues are organizing to fight Trump’s agenda

    NEW YORK (JTA) – The day after the presidential election, as congregants gathered in her Brooklyn synagogue to air their feelings, Rabbi Rachel Timoner was already starting to organize against the incoming administration. She called her local city councilman, Democrat Brad Lander, and together they organized an activists’ panel at her congregation, Beth Elohim, to…

  • JCCs to Sessions: We’re ‘frustrated’ with progress on bomb threats

    (JTA) — Executives from 141 Jewish community centers signed a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions expressing frustration with efforts combating a rash of bomb threats. The letter, sent Wednesday by the JCC Association of North America, the national organization of Jewish community centers, requested a meeting with Sessions and urged the Justice Department to do more to…

  • 5 more JCCS receive bomb threats

    (JTA) — Five Jewish community centers received bomb threats following a wave of threats that targeted 16 Jewish institutions on Tuesday. JCCs in Colorado, Delaware, Connecticut and Vancouver, Canada, received bomb threats via email either Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, according to local reports and Paul Goldenberg, director of the Secure Community Network, which coordinates security across Jewish…

  • While some parents pull out of JCCs, others vow to remain despite bomb threats

    (JTA) — When Cincinnati’s Mayerson Jewish Community Center was hit with a bomb threat on Jan. 18, Adam Bellows was satisfied with how the staff handled the preschool kids, including his two-year-old son. The kids, said Bellows, had no idea the threat had happened. They were evacuated and taken to a secure location where they watched…

  • ADL: Juan Thompson’s arrest alone won’t stop ‘unprecedented’ wave of anti-Semitism

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Thanking the FBI and police for the arrest of Juan Thompson, who allegedly made eight bomb threats to Jewish institutions, the Anti-Defamation League called the current wave of anti-Semitic acts “unprecedented.” “Law enforcement at all levels is a close friend to the Jewish people in America,” Evan Bernstein, ADL’s New York regional…

  • At 10, egalitarian yeshiva wants to expand learning among Jews in the pews

    NEW YORK (JTA) — In the upstairs sanctuary of a Manhattan synagogue, a group of rabbis is studying Jewish texts on pluralism and community. One floor below, 22 students are sitting in pairs poring over the book of Exodus. The students spend all day, every weekday in the building, studying Jewish text and observing strict…

  • Israel’s opposition leader praises Trump stances on anti-Semitism, Israel

    (JTA) — The opposition leader in Israel, Isaac Herzog, praised President Donald Trump’s recent condemnation of anti-Semitism in a speech to Congress, and said he was confident the president would halt the recent attacks on Jews. But Herzog, who heads the Labor Party, reiterated his recent comments that U.S. anti-Semitism would lead to more American…

  • Jewish security group forms national law enforcement advisory council

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Following repeated waves of anti-Semitic attacks, the group tasked with advising Jewish institutions on security has formed a national advisory council composed of former law enforcement officers. The Secure Community Network, which has led the effort to respond to five waves of bomb threats to Jewish community centers nationwide, formed the…

  • What exactly is a Jewish community center?

    (JTA) — Nearly 100 bomb threats have been made against Jewish community centers across the United States since January. The threats — in five waves and all hoaxes — have unsettled Jewish communities and shined a spotlight on American anti-Semitism. After weeks of demurring, President Donald Trump recently condemned the threats, including on Tuesday at the…