Milwaukee-area Jewish Community Center evacuated after bomb threat

Louis Weisberg, Staff writer

A bomb threat prompted an evacuation of the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center in Whitefish Bay yesterday.

Witnesses told WISN-TV that children and infants in the daycare center had been taken to the nearby Cardinal Stritch University campus. Officials blocked off roads near the center at North Santa Monica Boulevard and East Devon Street.

People present at the time said a caller using a mechanically altered voice made the threat. Similar calls made to Jewish Community Centers in recent weeks proved to be hoaxes.

Yesterday, bomb threats were received by  JCCs in San Diego, Boulder, Salt Lake City, La Jolla, California, and Albany, New York.

Jan. 31 marked the third time in a month that JCCs have received such threats. Twenty-seven JCCs in 17 states were threatened on Jan. 18. At that time, a statement was issued by the FBI saying that it was working with the Justice Department to investigate possible civil rights violations stemming from the threats.

On Jan. 9, bomb threats made by what the FBI termed a “robocall” system went to 16 Jewish centers in nine states.