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JCC in Woodbridge evacuated due to bomb threat

The JCC executive director said they received the threat on the phone Tuesday morning. The building was evacuated and no one was injured.

WOODBRIDGE, Conn. — The JCC of Greater New Haven was evacuated on Tuesday after they received a bomb threat.

JCC executive director Judy Alperin Diamondstein said they received a bomb threat by phone around 10 a.m.

The Woodbridge police department and fire department responded to the JCC along with the FBI, New Haven, and Connecticut State Police bomb teams. 

The building was closed for the day and officials say there were no injuries. 

Director of ADL's Connecticut Region Steven Ginsburg released a statement thanking local and state law enforcement: 

“We are grateful to local and state law enforcement for their swift response to the threat at the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven. Out of an abundance of caution the building was safely evacuated and, fortunately, there seems to have been no imminent threat of harm to anyone.

“We have seen bomb threats in the past against the New Haven JCC, and Connecticut passed a hate crimes law focused on addressing these threats. We hope law enforcement will bring those responsible for this incident to justice, and apply the hate crimes statute as appropriate.

“At a time of rising antisemitism both in Connecticut and nationwide, we continue to call on our state and federal elected leaders to work together to help ensure the security and safety of Jewish communal institutions, including community centers and synagogues.”

The JCC of Greater New Haven has been a target of these types of incidents before with a swastika recently being found spray-painted on the building in 2020. 



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