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Evacuation runs smoothly as Cherry Hill JCC among latest to receive a bomb threat

By DAVID PORTNOE Voice Editor

The Jewish Community Center of Southern New Jersey became one of the latest Jewish institutions to receive a bomb threat. The threat came on Monday, Feb. 27 at 10:40 a.m. The building was safely evacuated, searched by law enforcement, and reopened two hours later.

Les Cohen, JCC director, said: “For a number of weeks we have been spared while other JCCs around the country have received bomb threats. Fortunately, none of which proved to be real. This morning we received a bomb threat at 10:40 a.m. The staff immediately evacuated the building.” He added that the members were extremely cooperative and the JCC received great assistance from staff members of other agencies. Early childhood children were safely escorted to one of the JCC’s evacuation sites.”

Cohen noted that law enforcement was on the scene within minutes, including the county K-9 unit. “The building was cleared. We returned to business as usual. Safety and security of our children and other members are our primary concern. We deplore hatred and violence in any form, as we continue to remain vigilant.”

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