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JCC in Miami Beach cleared after second false bomb threat in two weeks

A threat was called into the Miami Beach Jewish Community Center, seen here in 2012 when the new campus opened.
A threat was called into the Miami Beach Jewish Community Center, seen here in 2012 when the new campus opened. emichot@miamiherald.com

The Miami Beach Jewish Community Center has been cleared after a bomb threat — the second in as many weeks.

The center was one of 27 Jewish community centers in 16 states to receive such a threat Wednesday, said the JCC Association of North America. This is the second wave of bomb threats to JCCs nationwide this month. The first wave, on Jan. 9, encompassed 16 centers in nine states, including JCCs in Miami Beach and Kendall.

The Anti-Defamation League issued a security advisory to Jewish institutions nationwide following both waves.

The call came into the JCC, off 41st Street and Pine Tree Drive, just before 10 a.m., Miami Beach police tweeted. The building was briefly evacuated.

Police closed Pine Tree Drive from 41st to 43rd streets. Out of caution, nearby Temple Beth Sholom was locked down at the same time.

A similar threat was made at the Mandel JCC in Palm Beach Gardens around the same time.

“While we’re extremely proud of our JCCs for professionally handling yet another threatening situation, we are concerned about the anti-Semitism behind these threats. While the bombs in question are hoaxes, the calls are not. We know that law enforcement at both the local and national level are continuing to investigate the ongoing situation,”said David Posner, director of strategic performance at JCC Association of North America, in a statement.

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