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Bomb threat at Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly deemed not credible: police

Posted: 1:42 PM, Jan 09, 2017
Updated: 2017-01-09 17:17:34-05

TENAFLY, N.J. — A Jewish center in Tenafly was evacuated Monday after a bomb threat was called in, the center said.

Everyone in the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades was safely evacuated to a Greek church next door, the JCC said on Facebook.

The facility has a preschool, senior center, adult daycare facility for people with disabilities and gym.

Police swept the facility and deemed the threat not credible around 1:50 p.m, a spokeswoman for the Tenafly Police Department said. The JCC was open after officials searched the facility.

“We thank the incredible local authorities for their immediate response and ongoing support of the JCC and its security, as well as all staff, and JCC members for their calm, patience, and understanding,” the Kaplen JCC wrote on Facebook.

Bomb threats were also reported Monday at Jewish centers in Delaware, Maryland and Tennessee. Threats were also called in to both Miami and Jacksonville, Florida JCC locations.

 “Unfortunately, such threats are not new to the Jewish community,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, Anti-Defamation League CEO. “While each of these threats must be taken seriously, and excellent preparation is key to a good response, bomb threats are most often not credible and are usually used as scare tactics in order to disrupt an institution’s operations, and to cause fear and panic. At this juncture, none of these threats appear to be credible.”