Scottsdale, Tucson Jewish community centers receive bomb threats

Feb 27, 2017, 7:20 PM | Updated: Feb 28, 2017, 11:26 am

(Facebook Photo of the Tucson Jewish Community Center)...

(Facebook Photo of the Tucson Jewish Community Center)

(Facebook Photo of the Tucson Jewish Community Center)

PHOENIX — In a series of different Jewish community centers around the nation getting hit with vandalism and bomb threats, the scares were localized in Arizona Monday night.

Jewish community centers in both Scottsdale and Tucson each received bomb threats Monday evening.

The J near Sweetwater Avenue and Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale received a vague threat by phone, according to the Scottsdale Police Department.

Police said they cleared the building and premises with patrol officers, and the JCC resumed normal operations.

The Tucson Police Department said they got a phone call about 6 p.m. from someone claiming a bomb was set to go off in the JCC’s parking lot.

A bomb squad responded and swept the parking lot before clearing it.

About 200 people were in the community center at the time. They were not evacuated, but instead just sheltered in place, police said.

These threats are part of a nationwide trend over the last couple of months.

Jewish community centers and schools had received bomb threats in at least a dozen states earlier Monday. Officials say bomb threats were called into 13 Jewish community centers and seven Jewish day schools.

No bombs were found, and the JCC Association of North America said normal operations resumed at all 20 buildings.

Monday marked the fifth wave of bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers and Jewish institutions since January.

Also happening recently was the vandalism of more than 100 headstones on Sunday at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia, damage discovered less than a week after similar vandalism in Missouri, authorities said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade...

Tempe to hold Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade on Saturday

Arizona's most unique holiday event, the Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade, will launch at 7 p.m. across Tempe Town Lake this Saturday, Dec. 9.

8 hours ago

Bitcoin scam...

Arizona man charged with defrauding local physician out of $207,000

A federal grand jury returned an indictment against Fountain Hills man Jeremie Sowerby for wire fraud and transactional money laundering.

11 hours ago

Hans Schmidt, 26, was shot on the corner of 51st and Peoria avenues while he was preaching about at...

Video released of moment when Glendale preacher shot on street corner

Police have released video of the moment a Glendale preacher was shot on a street corner last month.

12 hours ago

Sheep cross a wildlife overpass in this file photo from Federal Highway Administration....

Kevin Stone

Arizona gets $24M federal grant for wildlife overpass, fencing on I-17 south of Flagstaff

Arizona was awarded $24 million in federal funding for a project designed to make travel safer for motorists and wildlife along Interstate 17 south of Flagstaff.

14 hours ago

Global Credit Union Arena at GCU...

Damon Allred

GCU Arena to be renamed Global Credit Union Arena following rights partnership

GCU and Global Credit Union have agreed to a multi-year deal, renaming their arena Global Credit Union Arena at Grand Canyon University.

15 hours ago

caution tape across police car...

Motorcyclist dies after crash with vehicle in Phoenix

A motorcyclist died after a crash with a vehicle in Phoenix on Monday night, authorities said.

16 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

(KTAR News Graphic)...

KTAR launches online holiday auction benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley

KTAR is teaming up with The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley for a holiday auction benefitting thousands of Valley kids.

Follow @KTAR923...

Valley residents should be mindful of plumbing ahead of holidays

With Halloween in the rear-view and more holidays coming up, Day & Night recommends that Valley residents prepare accordingly.


Desert Institute for Spine Care

Desert Institute for Spine Care (DISC) wants to help Valley residents address back, neck issues through awake spine surgery

As the weather begins to change, those with back issues can no longer rely on the dry heat to aid their backs. That's where DISC comes in.

Scottsdale, Tucson Jewish community centers receive bomb threats