Bomb threats at two Jewish Community Centers among those in 17 states today

Bomb threats to Jewish community centers in San Rafael and Foster City were among many made across the country today.

“The FBI and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division are investigating possible civil rights violations in connection to threats to Jewish Community Centers across the country,” said FBI spokesperson Prentice Danner in San Francisco said. “The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence, and will ensure this matter is investigated in a fair, thorough and impartial manner.”

The Anti-Defamation League said bomb threats were made at Jewish community centers in 17 states today.

The Osher Marin Jewish Community Center at 200 N. San Pedro Road in San Rafael and the Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School at 800 Foster City Blvd. in Foster City received a bomb threat by phone at 8:45 a.m.

Both centers were evacuated and searched but no suspicious devices were found. The Osher Marin Jewish Community was released to staff at 11:45 a.m. and the Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School reopened at 11:30 a.m.

Marin County sheriff’s Lt. Doug Pittman said the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center confirmed multiple Jewish community centers across the country received bomb threats.

Foster City police received the bomb threat, and the San Mateo County Bomb Squad responded to the Wornick Jewish Day School. School staff emailed parents to pick up their children at an alternate location.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office and the UC Berkeley Bomb Squad responded to the bomb threat received by phone to the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center.

Approximately 200 students from the Marin Jewish Community Center were taken to the Venetia Valley Elementary School at 177 N. San Pedro Road, Pittman said.

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