JCC Head Barak Hermann Meets with Attorney General Jeff Sessions

On March 30, JCC of Greater Baltimore CEO Barak Hermann was among a group of American Jewish leaders to meet with Attorney General Jeff Sessions to express concern about the recent bomb threats to Jewish institutions and the rise in anti-Semitism. The meeting was requested by Jewish leaders. More than 130 bomb threats were made… Read More

Israeli-American Teen Arrested in JCC Bomb Threats

When an Israeli-American Jewish teen was arrested in Israel last Thursday in connection with the more than 150 bomb threats on Jewish Community Centers and other Jewish institutions in the U.S. and North America, it sent a shockwave through the Jewish community. It ran counter to the narrative many Jewish groups were pushing — that… Read More

Israeli-American teen arrested in Israel for JCC bomb threats

JERUSALEM — An Israeli teenager who also has American citizenship was arrested on suspicion of carrying out more than 100 bomb threats on Jewish institutions in the United States. The Park Heights JCC received threats three times, while the JCC in Owings Mills did so twice. Israel’s anti-fraud squad arrested the 19-year-old suspect at his home… Read More

Heads of JCC, Associated Address Bomb Threats in Video

In the wake of another round of bomb threats to Baltimore’s JCCs on Tuesday evening, Barak Hermann, CEO of the JCC of Greater Baltimore, and Marc Terrill, president of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, posted a video to YouTube to reassure the Jewish community. “The threats have been relentless,” Hermann said in the video. “They have… Read More

More Bomb Threats to Local JCCs Wednesday

Late Tuesday night, both the Owings Mills and Park Heights JCCs were the targets of yet another wave of bomb threats, this time via emails that also included shooting threats. The threats also affected JCCs in St. Louis, Omaha, Neb., Atlanta and Boulder, Colo., all of which have been the targets of previous threats as… Read More

At Least 7 JCCs Receive Bomb Threats on Purim

At least seven Jewish community centers in the United States and Canada received bomb threats while they were hosting Purim events. The threats, either called in or emailed, were reported Sunday at JCCs in Rochester, New York; Chicago; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Cleveland; Houston; and Vancouver, British Columbia. Most of the JCCs were evacuated and searched. None… Read More

Arrests Made in Bomb Threats, ADL Says

An arrest has been made in connection with the wave of bomb threats against Jewish institutions, according to the Anti-Defamation League and the Forward. This morning, the Forward identified the man arrested as Juan Thompson and reported that he made threatening calls to Jewish institutions as part of an attempt to harass and incriminate his ex-girlfriend. The… Read More

Owings Mills JCC, Md. Day Schools Receive Non-Credible Bomb Threats

The Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, along with 22 other JCCs and eight Jewish day schools in 16 states, received a bomb threat on Monday, which proved to be “noncredible.” The Owings Mills JCC received the phone threat around 10 a.m., and after consultation and an extensive sweep of the building, it was determined that an… Read More

Anti-Semitic Fliers Found in Bel Air

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, Feb. 15, deputies of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office found several anti-Semitic fliers with the swastika symbol and the Web address of a known white supremacist news and commentary site on them, the Daily Stormer, in the Fountain Glen neighborhood of Bel Air. The JT was sent a… Read More

Park Heights JCC Briefly Evacuated After Bomb Threat

The Park Heights JCC was briefly evacuated on Monday after a phoned-in bomb threat, which proved to be unfounded. The building was cleared after the phone call came in at 11:45 a.m. and was reopened shortly after 2 p.m., once the threat was found to be unsubstantiated. That same day, bomb threats were called in… Read More