Jewish Children's Museum in NY evacuated for bomb threat

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The Jewish Children's Museum in Brooklyn is pictured.

According to DNAinfo, administrators at the Jewish Children's Museum received an email at about 9:15 a.m. Thursday that claimed three pipe bombs planted inside the center would explode.

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 U.S. and Canada.

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Halberstam's son Ari was killed by a Lebanese national who fired shots into a van of young Jewish men on the Brooklyn Bridge. The NYPD evacuated everyone from the building and barred people from entering as officers inspected the museum. Police officials said two Jewish community centers in upstate NY were also evacuated and shut down after bomb threats were phoned in. Additionally, it would double the federal penalty against making fake bomb threats from five years to 10 years.

The kids, said Bellows, had no idea the threat had happened.

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"It is time for action, and we call on the administration and Congress to take concrete steps to catch those threatening the Jewish community", Anti-Defamation League Chief Executive Jonathan A. Greenblatt said.

The Friends and Family of the Levite Jewish Community Center formed to write letters to lawmakers, make ribbons, provide support and effect change.

It also states, "We are appalled at extensive desecration of Jewish cemeteries, threats and vandalism against Muslim communities and mosques, and the killing of seven transgender people since the start of 2017, a lot of them trans women of color".

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