JCC members react after bomb threats evacuate several Connecticut locations


WOODBRIDGE, Conn. (WTNH) — Early this morning a threatening call came into the Jewish Community Center or JCC in Woodbridge.

“The called said that there was a bomb in the building and that we should get everybody out,” said Judith Diamondstein, the Chief Executive Officer with the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven.

The bomb threat forced the evacuation of all four Woodbridge locations. The Ezra Academy and the B’Nai Jacob Synagogue, which currently houses the JCC daycare, were also evacuated.

Law enforcement officers responded to the scenes and performed a sweep of the buildings.

“There was a bunch of policemen and firemen driving by and halted all the traffic of course and we didn’t know what was going on,” said Frett Marsha.

Firefighters told people at the JCC to leave the building.

“Get out of here there’s been a bomb threat. Please just get out of here the building is being evacuated,” said Marsha.

With the assistance of the State Police, officials searched the buildings with bomb sniffing dogs.

“It’s very very scary. I immediately called my wife just to make sure she is okay. She works in a school district so I wasn’t sure if it was directed toward schools or directed in this area so I called to make sure she was okay,” said Marsha.

“The West Hartford campus was also evacuated and I believe that the Hebrew high school which is right near by there was on lock down,” said Diamondstein.

People evacuated for several hours no explosives were found.

“It definitely disrupted our members this morning,” said Diamondstein.

Other JCC locations around the country have had similar threats over the past few weeks.

“Last week there were 16 of the telephonic bomb threats both live and recorded that came in across North America and to the UK,” said Diamondstein.

Diamondstein said their main concern is the safety of their members and staff.

“We are going to get through this very scary time in our nations history,” said Diamondstein.

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