Dear JCC Members and Friends,
As you may be aware, on January 18, 2017 we received another bomb threat to our Weinberg Park Heights JCC. This was our second bomb threat--the first was Monday, January 9. Both times we evacuated the building and re-opened within a few hours.
On both occasions, the Baltimore City police were on site quickly and worked with us to confirm that there was no threat and we could reopen the JCC. Unfortunately, this is happening at many JCCs and other Jewish organizations around the country.
While these threats are being investigated nationally, we want to assure you that we continue to take numerous security measures to ensure your safety including:
- Ongoing contact with our local law enforcement, our security consultants, and the security experts at The Associated.
- Continue to provide full-time, professional, armed security presence at both buildings during operating hours
- Participation in the Secure Community Network (SCN) which is recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security as a national model for information sharing. SCN is in continual contact with Jewish communities across the U.S., local law enforcement, and the highest levels of the federal government.
This is a good time to remind everyone that if you see something, say something. Please alert a staff person or guard if you see anything suspicious, including unattended bags in our buildings.
The quickest way to learn of any unexpected building closing is to sign up for our text alerts. If you are not already on our text alert program we encourage you sign up here.
This is a sad and unfortunate situation, but we are reassured by the fact that our staff attended to the safety of the children in our care and our members in a very calm and professional manner. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Our best always,
Barak Hermann, CEO, JCC of Greater Baltimore
Annette Saxon, Board Chair