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Another national wave of bomb threats at Jewish Community Centers

January bomb scares at Albany facility led to two evacuations

Adam Chaskin, executive director of the Albany Jewish Community Center, comments on a bomb threat that was called in to the center on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, in Albany, N.Y. (Will Waldron/Times Union archive)

Albany – Jewish community centers across the country were shaken by another wave of bomb threats this week.

The latest terrorizing phone calls temporarily closed 11 JCCs Monday, the JCC Association of North America said. Three other sets of threats were called in on Jan. 9, 18 and 31.

A total of 69 bomb threats have been called into 54 JCCs in 27 states and one Canadian province in the first two months of 2017. All were hoaxes.

Adam Chaskin, executive director of the Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center, said it was important to stay optimistic in the face of rising anti-Semitic threats.

Chaskin said two bomb threats in Albany on Jan. 18 and 31 allowed him and his staff to practice their security procedures at a “live drill,” receive feedback from police, make changes and practice it all again during a second unexpected drill.

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