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NJ Jewish center, others across U.S., get bomb threats

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New Jersey was one of five states to have threats called into religious institutions. The Tenafly threat was deemed not credible by local authorities. Brian Jackson

The Kaplen Jewish Community Center on the Palisades was temporarily evacuated after a reported bomb threat.

News 4 reported the threat was received just after noon on Monday. A statement on the JCC’s website posted shortly thereafter said the building had been cleared and the threat was not deemed to be credible.

The center, which includes a preschool and an adult daycare facility, was cleared, allowing all programs to resume their regular schedule, according to an announcement on the JCC’s website.

“We thank the incredible local authorities for their immediate response and ongoing support of the JCC and its security, as well as all staff, and JCC members for their calm, patience, and understanding,” the group wrote.

NBC reported similar threats had been made to centers in Florida, Maryland, Tennesse, and South Carolina with no injuries reported and no devices located.

Al Della Fave, spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, said there were no known threats to any institutions in Lakewood or the surrounding areas.

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