Nashville Jewish Community Center Receives Bomb Threat

Posted at 3:05 PM, Feb 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-20 17:55:10-05

A Nashville Jewish Community Center was one of ten that received another bomb threat.

According to the Gordon JCC Executive Director, Leslie Sax, a total of eleven threats were made at 10 community centers across the U.S. on Monday.

The threat was the third one the Gordon Center has received so far this year.

Sax said the following message was released to its members:

Dear JCC Members and Friends,
This morning, eleven JCC's around the United States received phone bomb threats,
similar to those that occurred during the month of January. The Gordon JCC did receive a threat. We followed our emergency protocols to ensure the safety of our members and staff. We also worked closely with local law enforcement. Our threat, along with the others this morning, was deemed to be a hoax.

As we stated before, we are part of a larger umbrella organization, the Jewish Community Center of North America (JCCA). They are working diligently with the FBI, who has deemed this as a hate crime, to find the person(s) responsible for these threats.

Our Security team and the GJCC staff remain vigilant in following and re-evaluating our established security protocols. We are fortunate to have a secure access-controlled facility and a well-trained Security team in place. We want to assure you that your security is of the utmost importance to us.  This is a good time to remind everyone that all of our collective eyes and ears are our best defense. If you see something, say something. Please alert a staff person or a Security officer if you see anything suspicious, including unattended bags, in our buildings.