Officials: Jewish centers in 7 states, including New Jersey, receive bomb threats

The chair of the Jewish Federations of North America board of trustees says nearly two dozen Jewish community centers in at least seven states, including in New Jersey, have been targeted by bomb threats.



Richard Sandler told The Associated Press the number of threats investigated Monday across the South and Northeast was unusually high. Sandler says some were prerecorded calls.



Tenafly police were called to the Kaplan JCC on the Palisades Monday afternoon after that center received a bomb threat call around noon.



The large facility, which houses a day care, senior programs, after-school activities and a gym, was evacuated as part of its emergency action plan.



The Bergen County Sheriff's Office bomb squad swept the building, but nothing dangerous was found. The building was later reopened and all activities were allowed to get back on schedule.



Security has been increased at several other Jewish locations in New Jersey, including Lakewood, which has a large Jewish population.



Sandler said that so far no explosives have been found at any of the centers that received threats.



Four of the centers are in Florida. Bomb threats also targeted Jewish community centers and schools in central Florida and Tampa last week, but Sandler said there's no apparent link between those threats and the calls received Monday.



Sandler said the federations' security network was working closely with law enforcement to ensure safety at the community centers.



The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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