YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Jewish Community Center of Youngstown was one of several Jewish institutions across the country to receive an email in reference to a possible bomb threat.
The email was sent to an outdated email address and was discovered over the weekend, according to a statement from Rick Marlin, Youngstown Area Jewish Federation president, and Andrew Lipkin, Youngstown Area Jewish Federation executive vice-president. Similar emails were also sent to more than 50 JCCS and other Jewish organizations across North America.
JCC of Youngstown’s campus security director immediately alerted local law enforcement, the FBI and other agencies.
According to Marlin and Lipkin, the threat was not credible and JCC members, guests and the community were never in any danger.
As always, our first priority is the safety and security of any person who comes to our campus and participates in our programming. Having faced similar threats in the past, we have developed and implemented detailed protocols to respond to such scenarios.
We are grateful for the immediate and ongoing response from local law enforcement, and we will continue to work with SCN (Secure Community Network) and other national law enforcement partners to ensure the security of our entire Federation campus and to support their efforts to bring the responsible parties to justice.Rick Marlin, Youngstown Area Jewish Federation president, and Andrew Lipkin, Youngstown Area Jewish Federation executive vice-president