Bomb Threats Reported at Jewish Community Centers in Five States


Bomb threats were reported at Jewish community centers in five states and the United Kingdom on Monday with federal agents on standby, authorities reported.

In West Nashville, the Gordon Jewish Community Center was evacuated after a bomb threat was reported just before 11:30 a.m. ET, according to police at the scene.

About 100 people were inside the building at the time of the evacuation, said Leslie Sax, the center’s director. A majority, she said, were taken to a safe space off the campus, which also serves as a child-care center.

Police gave the all-clear about two hours after the evacuation and allowed people to return to the building, said Mark S. Freedman, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will provide “technical support” for the investigation if needed, said Special Agent Michael P. Knight with the agency’s Nashville field division.

Earlier Monday, bomb threats were called into four cities in Florida: Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando and Tampa, according to law enforcement in those cities.

A bomb threat was called into the Jewish Community Center in Miami Beach, Miami Beach Police tweeted. The all-clear was given at the Miami facility just after noon ET, according to police.

The Jewish Community Alliance in Jacksonville, Fla., also was evacuated because of threats, authorities reported.

The center in the Mandarin neighborhood houses a gym as well as daycare facilities, WTLV- and WJXX-TV reported.

In a tweet, the alliance said: “We received a threat to our building, and in an abundance of caution we have evacuated. Authorities are investigating. EVERYONE IS SAFE!”

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SOURCE: USA Today; The Tennessean, Natalie Neysa Alund