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Six Jewish Sites in Alabama Victims of Bomb Threats

Six out of seven Jewish sites across central Alabama received bomb threats Saturday, a state representative has confirmed.

Sites in Auburn, Montgomery, Selma and Dothan, including both temples in Montgomery received the threats.

State Rep. Phillip Ensler, D-Montgomery, who is the executive director of the Jewish Federation of Central Alabama sent out an email updating the community on the acts.

Temple Emanu-El in Dothan, Temple Mishkan Israel in Selma, Temple Beth Or in Montgomery, the Jewish Federation of Central Alabama in Montgomery, Agudath Israel Etz Ahayem in Montgomery and Congregation Beth Shalom in Auburn each received the threats, Ensler wrote.

The only Jewish site in central Alabama that did not receive a threat was Hillel at Auburn, he said.

Authorities were informed of the threats and the facilities in Auburn, Montgomery and Selma were cleared by a K9 police dog, Ensler said. Saturday afternoon, the Dothan site was working closely with federation security to have a K9 search and clear their premises. 

“I know this is unnerving to say the least,” Ensler wrote. “Please be reassured though that our protocols worked to quickly communicate throughout central Alabama. The actual threat level was deemed low from but we must always respond out of an abundance of caution. We will continue to remain vigilant and please know that we will continue to work to keep our community safe. Law enforcement is investigating the culprit behind these emails.”

Hanukkah, the Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the second temple in Jerusalem, started Thursday evening.

Media outlets reported 13 synagogues in Philadelphia and the cities’ suburban counties received bomb threats on Friday.

This is the second time in about three months that Jewish locations received bomb threats. On Oct. 5, bomb threats were received hours before the Hamas attack on Israel.

Source: https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/local/2023/12/16/six-jewish-sites-across-alabama-receive-bomb-threats-saturday/71946573007/