Interfaith vigil set to show solidarity with Springfield Jewish Community Center

Wilfredo Lee

It also received a threat on the morning of January 31, when an automated phone call about a bomb prompted the evacuation of the facility.

The JCC Association's letter came on the same day that centers in Colorado, Delaware, Connecticut and Vancouver received bomb threats, and a day after a dozen such threats were lobbed at JCCs and Jewish day schools across the United States and Canada.

"I recently cleared my mind and I want to prevent the bombing attack this bombing attack for [sic] taking place by notifying you", he wrote. He also met with Devorah Halberstam, who was largely responsible for the museum's establishment in memory of her son, 16-year-old Ari, murdered by Arab terrorists who overstayed their visas in NY 25 years ago.

"The next thing I know, there's a few other moms that got involved, then we got the group and that group in a matter of a week went from just four of us to around 200 of us", says Honora Gathings, who helped start the group. "This is a museum that is a monument to tolerance". Additionally, it would double the federal penalty against making fake bomb threats from five years to 10 years.




Local police rushed to the Jewish Children's Museum in Brooklyn, New York, and launched a search.

Barely 24 hours earlier, Jewish Community Centers in Colorado, Delaware and Connection also received bomb threats. Police officials said no explosives were found, but they did confirm a threat was made Thursday morning.

St. Louis native and disgraced former journalist Juan Thompson has been detained on cyber-stalking charges in relation to threats placed against eight Jewish Community Centers.

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