Threat to Beachwood's Mandel JCC deemed not credible by police

Threat to Beachwood's Mandel JCC deemed not credible by police

BEACHWOOD, OH (WOIO) - The Mandel Jewish Community Center on South Woodland Road in Beachwood received a bomb threat Monday morning.

It happened around 11:15 a.m. The center was one of nine locations that got similar calls around the same time across the U.S. on Monday.

The threat was investigated and determined not to be credible, according to police.

The following is a statement released by the center:

Like many JCCs around the country, the Mandel JCC received a non-credible bomb threat via phone call earlier today. Following established procedures, Mandel JCC security officers initiated a building-wide search. City of Beachwood police with bomb-sniffing dogs and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland's Director of Community-Wide Security were quickly on site. It was determined that the threat was non-credible and the building was not evacuated.  The J remains open and operating as usual.

The safety and security of our members, visitors and staff is, and continues to be, our highest priority. We have established security procedures in place and are in constant communication with the Jewish Federation as well as local and national security organizations.

While such threats are intended to be disruptive, our staff responded in a very calm and professional manner and we are appreciative to them and to the Beachwood Police Department and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland for their immediate response.

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