Jewish Community Center Reacts To Bomb Threat, Anti-Semitic Email – CBS Baltimore

OWINGS MILLIONS, MD. – The Jewish Community Center in Greater Baltimore received an email filled with hateful and anti-Semitic language threatening to bomb their facility on Saturday, the organization wrote to its members.

Baltimore County Police consider the threat to be unreliable.

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“The threat we and other JCCs received is filled with anti-Semitic language and causes frustration and anxiety,” CEO Barak Hermann and Chairman of the Board Laura Rubenstein wrote jointly. for members.

As a precaution, police evacuated the Owings Mills campus to sweep the entire building. After two hours, law enforcement did not find any evidence of a bomb threat.

According to Howard Libit, executive director of the Jewish Council of Baltimore, at the time, there was a dance competition for children held at the center.

“Some of the girls and their families had to be evacuated for a while as our partners with the Baltimore County Sheriff did a thorough search,” Libit said.

The Park Heights campus was closed on Saturday, but police still walked through the building and cleared any threats.

Libit said that in addition to working directly with law enforcement, both facilities have security personnel.

“We are always on the lookout,” he said. “We have to, and so we invest a lot of money in security all over the system and so do the synagogues.”

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“I would love to have the opportunity to talk to them, to try to understand better what that is. . . How hate has filled their hearts,” Libit sadly. “Hate is… it costs you a lot, and as a society, as a community, we have to get over it.”

The Michael Greenberger Center for Health and Homeland Security has noted that there is a rise in politically motivated extremism and hate crimes.

“It’s not just hate speech but hate speech that conveys to the listener or reader that their lifestyle is in jeopardy by the targeted group,” Greenberger said. “Besides it being a popular means of favoring the vote, too much of it would lead to the kind of devastating action that took place in Buffalo on Saturday.”

In emails sent to members, there is a reminder that if you see something say something.

“We all have to work together and fight hate together,” Libit said.

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