ADL Issues Security Advisory to Jewish Institutions Nationwide After Bomb Threats to Jewish Community Centers in At Least 18 States

Threats Do Not Appear Credible; ADL Closely Monitoring Situation and in Touch with Law Enforcement

New York, NY, January 18, 2017...The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has issued a Security Advisory to Jewish institutions nationwide following a series of bomb threats to Jewish community centers in at least 18 states. ADL is closely monitoring the situation and has been in touch with federal and local law enforcement across the country.

Although the threats do not appear to be credible, the League is urging all communal institutions to take these threats extremely seriously. Some Community Centers have been evacuated out of an abundance of caution.

ADL received reports today of bomb threats at Jewish Community Centers in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Delaware, Connecticut, Alabama, California, Maine, Tennessee, South Carolina, Missouri, Texas and Kansas.

“Although so far these threats do not appear to be credible, we are recommending that Jewish communal institutions review their security procedures and remain in close contact with law enforcement,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “While each incident needs to be taken seriously and investigated closely, thus far we are not aware of any of these threats being substantiated.”

He added, “Federal authorities and local police departments should be commended for their rapid response to these incidents. We remain in close contact with law enforcement and are offering our support and resources to local Community Centers.”

In response to the threats, ADL issued a Security Advisory for all Jewish institutions nationwide that included the following action steps:

ADL also issued an additional Security Advisory detailing reports from several companies and business around the country which have anti-Semitic faxes in recent days.  That alert reminded all institutions of the importance of protecting their computer networks and systems.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.