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UPDATE: Las Vegas Jewish community stands up against hate after threats

Posted at 5:51 PM, Feb 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-04 03:31:45-05

UPDATE MARCH 3: Authorities are still looking for the person responsible for a bomb threat made against the Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada on Monday.

They're also investigating the recent discovery of swastikas around the valley.

The JCC Association of North America reports 100 incidents of bomb threats against Jewish community centers and Jewish schools this year.

"It's a campaign to create some chaos and anxiety in the community," said Jeff Metz with the JCC of Southern Nevada.

Organizations like the Anti-Defamation League are working with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to investigate, and put a stop to, hateful behavior.

"When hate finds one group, it ends up finding all groups," said Jolie Brislin, the ADL's Nevada chapter director.

Jewish leaders 13 Action News spoke to say threats aren't going to stop anyone from doing what they do on a daily basis.

That includes Friday night services at Congregation Shirat Shalom. The congregation's cantor, Philip Goldstein, said his message has been about the right way to respond to heightened anxiety in the Jewish community.

"We have to stand up and say, 'This is not right. No, I'm not going to allow this. I'm going to speak out against it and I'm going to do so in a way that is not shouting, that is not waving fists,'" Goldstein said.

Leaders of various Jewish organizations expressed solidarity with each other as a means of support.


LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- Las Vegas police investigated a reported bomb threat at the Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada.

The center is located at 8689 W. Sahara Ave., near Durango Drive.

10 people inside the center evacuated after the threat was received around 4:30 p.m. Monday. The building was cleared around 6:30 p.m.

The Anti-Defamation League of Nevada released a statement on the threat.

“We don’t believe the bomb threat at Southern Nevada’s JCC is credible but it is important that we don’t become complacent and must continue to be vigilant. These threats around the country are usually used as scare tactics to cause fear and panic in our community,” said Jolie Brislin, ADL’s Nevada Regional Director.

Police say the FBI based in Tampa are heading up this investigation due to the number of threats to other Jewish centers and schools around the country Monday.