Jewish community centers around country, including Nashville, receive threats

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Jewish community centers around the country reported receiving bomb threats on Wednesday, including one here in Nashville.

Metro police responded to the Gordon Jewish Community Center in West Nashville just after 10 a.m. The building was cleared a short time later.

In Albany, 300 children and adults were inside the center there when it had to be evacuated. K-9s were used to clear the building; nothing was found and the scene was cleared.

The Gordon Jewish Community Center was evacuated due to a threat last week as well. Police said at this time there is no link between Wednesday’s incident and last week’s.

Similar threats were reported in Connecticut, Alabama, and California.

On Friday, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry released the following statement about the incident:

In the last couple of weeks, the Gordon Jewish Community Center of Nashville has received bomb threats from cowards who seek to sow fear and division. I know I speak for the Nashville community when I say that we will not tolerate hatred or violence in our city. We are one Nashville that embraces people of all faiths and ethnicities. I appreciate all of the citizens and organizations who have come together to form Respect Nashville, a coalition that will collect any reports on acts of hate, bias, harassment, and intimidation. My administration remains committed to working with law enforcement and civil rights organizations to protect all citizens and ensure Nashville remains a warm and welcoming city for all. Metro Nashville will provide any resources necessary to ensure that the community center is protected and safe.”