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Jewish community centers in a widespread number of American states were evacuated due to bomb threats on Monday morning, while across the ocean, the same phenomenon was taking place in London, England as well.
Jewish schools across the United Kingdom were placed on alert after bomb threats were called into metro London Jewish schools in Roehampton, Ilford and Brent on Monday morning. The schools were “warned” that explosive devices had been planted on the premises. Thorough searches were conducted at all three sites and other schools were placed on precautionary lock-downs until the “all clear” was received.
Bomb threats were also called in to a few non-Jewish schools as well, according to the British Jewish Chronicle news site.
“Police were alerted at around 10:30am hrs on Monday, 9 January, to phone calls made to schools in Roehampton, Ilford and Brent in which bomb threats were made. Police officers attended the schools. All three incidents were stood down a short time later. An investigation into the threat will be conducted,” Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
Meanwhile, in the United States, bomb threats were called into Jewish Community Centers (JCC)s in Delaware, Tenafly, New Jersey; Miami Beach and Jacksonville, Florida; in Rockville, Maryland; in West Nashville, Tennessee, and Columbia, South Carolina.
In Delaware, police were called to search the Siegel Jewish Community Center north of Wilmington on Monday, after a bomb threat was called into the facility at around 11:45 am. The caller reportedly said there was a bomb inside the complex, according to Seth J. Katzen, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Delaware, who spoke with Delaware Online, The News Journal.
The building was alerted, Katzen said, and everyone was evacuated from the four facilities at the site, including the JCC, the Jewish Federation of Delaware, the Albert Einstein Academy (K-5) and Jewish Family Services of Delaware. Although police arrived quickly, they told Katzen it would be “a few hours” before they could declare an “all clear.”
Meanwhile, in New Jersey, the Jewish Community Center on Palisades in Tenafly sent out a text to its membership warning it had received a bomb threat shortly after 12 noon. As a precaution, officials evacuated the building, which contains a preschool, a senior center and an adult daycare facility for people with disabilities. Parents of preschoolers were asked to pick up their children and all JCC programs were canceled for the day. The “all clear” was received a short time later from the bomb squad that swept the building.
About 450 students and 70 teachers and staff members were evacuated from the Alper JCC School at SW 112th Avenue in southwest Miami-Dade as a precaution at around 11 am, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said. A second Miami-Dade Jewish Community Center was also evacuated, according to CBS Miami, which reported the threat was called in to the main operator line of the facility.
Miami Beach police also were called to the Jewish Community Center on Pine Tree, where only a handful of people were in the building at the time. A thorough search that included K-9 units turned up nothing and the “all-clear” was given. In addition, the Jewish Community Alliance building in Jacksonville, Florida was also evacuated in response to a bomb threat as well. Both were called in at around 10:45 am. Both were given the “all clear” within an hour or two, after sweeps of the buildings turned up nothing.
A woman called a bomb threat into the Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville, Maryland, according to CBS News. Officials immediately evacuated the building, Executive Director Michael Feinstein said.
In West Nashville, Tennessee, metro police responded to a report at about 10:30 am of a bomb threat at the Gordon Jewish Community Center, in the 800 block on Percy Warner Boulevard. Officials quickly evacuated the 80 people who were in the building, which functions as a childcare center during the week, according to The Tennessean, part of the USA Today network. Special Agent Michael P. Knight of the Nashville field office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told media the ATF is standing by to provide “technical assistance” as needed.
In South Carolina, the Columbia Fire Department and the Richland County bomb squad were also called in just before 11:30 am Monday to scan the Katie and Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center on Flora Drive in Columbia, WBTV reported. After a thorough scan of the building, nothing was found and the “all clear” was given.
This is a developing story.Hana Levi Julian
The 37th annual South Florida Chassidic Chanukah Festival is getting bigger and better. Some 10,000 people have participated each year since the event was moved to Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach in 2007. Staff and volunteers are preparing the upcoming festival on Tuesday, December 27 at 7 p.m. and have coordinated a star-studded program that will guarantee the biggest attendance ever.
The Chabad of South Broward event featuring Avraham Fried and 8th Day is sponsored by Kosher Central, Hallandale Beach, Gulfstream Park & Casino and www.Sunny.org. The festival will take place in Hallandale Beach, at Gulfstream Park, US1 and Hallandale Beach Blvd.
Avraham Fried will be performing live. His music includes pop, rock and jazz, with Jewish lyrics and themes. 8th Day, which was co-founded by brothers Shmuel and Bentzi Marcus, is one of Jewish music’s hottest acts. Fans and critics alike continue to be enthralled with the creativity and innovation of this one-of-a-kind music group.
The festival is seen live around the world via Chabad.org.
Other festival highlights include the lighting of Florida’s largest menorah, led by Rabbi Yossy Lebovics and a large lineup of community leaders and dignitaries, free Chanukah gelt and goodies for the thousands of children in attendance, a delicious dinner (for a nominal fee) and scores of valuable prizes.
Rabbi Levi Tennenhaus, the event’s coordinator and Chabad’s program director, encourages those who can afford to get reserved seating, “The event, as always, is free. However, in addition to our major sponsors, individuals may reserve VIP seats for $100 per seat. This will help the festival, which runs at an enormous cost and accommodate individuals who want to sit up front with seats reserved exclusively for them and their families.”
Chanukah marks the birthday of Chabad of South Broward. The organization runs over 45 programs and agencies. They include: Project PRIDE, a non-sectarian drug prevention and education program; The Friendship Circle, an interactive program for youngsters with special needs; Chaya Aydel Seminary, Florida’s only teacher’s seminary for women; CHAI TOTS preschool and Hebrew school; Bar and Bat mitzvah clubs; CTEEN Club; three mikvehs accessible to the physically challenged; Camp Gan Israel; a kollel for businessman and professionals; and 15 synagogues.
Chabad of South Broward is headed by Rabbi Raphael and Goldie Tennenhaus, who came to Broward County as shluchim (emissaries) of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M Schneerson, in December 1980.
The Zionist Organization of America’s Florida chapter recently sponsored three events for Edwin Black, the acclaimed investigative journalist and award-winning author of IBM and The Holocaust, Financing the Flames, and Nazi Nexus.
Mr. Black addressed students at the Scheck Hillel Community School in North Miami on the “The History of Israel and International Law.” Later that evening, Mr. Black spoke to a packed house at Congregation Torah Ohr about the Farhud, the title and subject of another of his best sellers. During this visit, Mr. Black also addressed students, faculty, and community members at Nova Southeastern University as part of the State Department’s International Education Week, giving his analysis on the next 66 days and 66 weeks post-election.
For more information about ZOA Florida Region contact Sharona Whisler at email@example.com or call 917-673-6123.
Southeast Region Amit members and friends gathered together on November 15 at the home of Adrianne and Leon Brum. Adrianne, famous for her hostessing skills, provided guests with an array of hot and cold beverages, delicious dips and chips, pastries, confections, and fruits. The main course, however, were two amazing graduates of Amit schools in Israel who had come to share their remarkable stories – Halel Bareli and Miri Uriel.
Debbie Moed, Amit national president, and Robin Isaacson, national director of planning and giving and regional director of Southeast Region, spoke of the Amit educational network that operates 110 schools, youth villages and programs, serving more than 33,000 children in 29 cities throughout Israel and introduced Halel and Miri.
Halel, a 12th grade student at Ulpanat Amit in Sderot, is one of 11 children. Her father is a rabbi. Her mother is a social worker. Halel was delighted for two reasons with the Amit school. One was that she would not have to go out of town to attend a religious girls’ high school as had been the case for frum girls in Sderot before AMIT. The second was that Halel was attracted to AMIT’s emphasis on giving back to the community and country.
Under this influence, Halel worked with and helped the youth and home-bound of Sderot during the Gaza War and was instrumental in aiding the families of fallen and wounded soldiers. Halel was asked to light the torch at the national Yom Ha’atzmaut ceremony at Har Herzl in recognition of her tremendous contributions. After high school, she will go on to do national service and continue her social activism.
Miri has been in the Amit system from a very early age. She and her brother, Moshe, spent seven years at Amit Frisch Beit Hailed and Amit Kfar Blatt. The children had come from a severely dysfunctional environment and the Amit facility gave them a loving home, stability, and encouraged them in every way. Today Miri is a drama teacher at Amit Kfar Blatt and works with special needs students. She has a strong ability to connect to the children and understand their challenges. Both Miri and her brother have successful and fulfilling lives.
To learn more about Amit, contact Robin Isaacson at 954-922-5100 or visit www.AMITChildren.org/Southeast.Shelley Benveniste
Former Senator and one time Democratic VP candidate Joe Lieberman is campaigning for Hillary Clinton in the Jewish community of South Florida, Jewish Insider reported. He spoke to Jewish residents at the Palm Beach Century Village and held a roundtable with rabbis and Jewish community leaders in Palm Beach. He also spoke at a synagogue in Broward County. According to JI, Jewish voters represent between 3% and 6% of the electorate in Florida.
Clinton is ahead by and average 3.8 points in Florida, according to RealClearPolitics.David Israel