Baltimore, MD - May. 24, 2022:

Dear JCC Friends, 

This afternoon, May 24,  we received a bomb threat via email. The language was consistent with the email we received a week and a half ago. After consulting with security officials and our local police, the threat was deemed not credible.  We did clear the facility at the Weinberg Park Heights JCC at the recommendation of local police and the campus is back to full operations. We did not evacuate in Owings Mills upon the recommendation of the police.  At both JCCs, local police did a sweep of the building. Thanks to the many staff who helped to address this disturbing situation.

Unfortunately, these email bomb threats are happening at several JCCs across North America. We work closely with local law enforcement, our onsite security teams, and the National Security Community Network to address these very unfortunate and disturbing situations.

Today has been another awful and tragic day for our country. A mass shooting at a Texas Elementary School killed 14 children and one teacher and the suspected gunman was killed.  We pray for the families and community in Uvalde, Texas. It is so painful to see innocent lives, especially children and a teacher, lost to such a tragedy.

This is a good time to remind everyone that if you see something, please say something. Please alert JCC security in both lobbies or a staff member if you see anything suspicious, including unattended bags, in and around our buildings.  

If you have any questions, please reach out to Paul Lurie, Chief Operating Office or someone from our membership team. Our appreciation to our amazing staff for their continued professionalism managing these unfortunate situations. 

We will continue to focus our work at the JCC on building a safe, welcoming, and inclusive community for everyone.  


Barak Hermann, CEO 
Laura Rubenstein, Board Chair