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Bomb threats to Los Angeles synagogues cause Sabbath evacuation

FILE - In this Thursday March 9, 2017 file photo, two young men who left a nearby synagogue watch police activity outside the Jewish Children's Museum following a bomb threat in Brooklyn borough of New York.
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A University Synagogue rabbi vowed that such threats would not disrupt religious study.

Bomb threats containing "beyond nasty” language were sent to three Los Angeles synagogues over the weekend, disrupting Sabbath services and causing a police contingent to evacuate the centers.

The threats, which turned out to be false, were sent to two campuses of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, in addition to the University Synagogue in Brentwood, through email and in one case the generic online submission form on a synagogue webpage web, the Los Angeles Jewish Journal reported.

Police closed the locations for almost five hours on Saturday morning before determining the threats were not credible.

Rabbi Morley T. Feinstein of University Synagogue said police were called after a staff member “found an email that was beyond nasty — horrific language, and threatening," the Journal reported.

“While a communication like that can come in through something as innocuous as an online submission form, we take them all seriously,” Don Levy, from the Wilshire Boulevard Temple was quoted as saying.

“We take any threat seriously and investigate it thoroughly to protect everybody’s safety.”

Rabbi Morley T Feinstein of University Synagogue was defiant in the face of the threats, saying the lesson was that “we never stop the study of Torah — no matter what."

Jewish synagogues, schools and other community facilities endured a rash of false bomb threats earlier in the year, almost all of which were ultimately traced to the bedroom of an Israeli teenager, who had allegedly made the hoax threats in exchange for the untraceable virtual currency, bitcoin.

His clients have not been apprehended.

A number of cemeteries in the United States have also been vandalized and sprayed with anti-Semitic graffiti.


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