Skip to main content

Jewish center in St. Paul evacuated after bomb threat

It is the latest in a series of bomb threats targeting Jewish centers in Minnesota and across the country.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

The Jewish Community Center in Highland Park, St. Paul has been evacuated due to a bomb threat.

St. Paul police confirmed the phoned-in threat Monday at 10:50 a.m, with students evacuated from the center at 1375 St. Paul Ave.

At around lunchtime, the police department said nothing suspicious had been found and the center would be allowed to reopen.

According to its website, the JCC St. Paul provides services including child care, early childhood education, programs for children, teens and adults, and fitness facilities.

The JCC St. Paul is one of a number of Jewish centers across the country being targeted, according to this tweet by the Homeland Security Initiative for the Jewish Community Relations Council.

About a half hour earlier it was reported by FOX 6 that a JCC had been evacuated in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, while reporters say another has been evacuated in Birmingham, Alabama.

CNN reported on Friday that 48 JCCs in 26 states were evacuated after similar bomb threats were made.

Last month, the Sabes JCC and Barry Family Campus in St. Louis Park was evacuated after being one of a dozen targeted by a phoned-in bomb threat.

It comes amid wider concerns about an apparent rise in anti-Semitic incidents in Minnesota and nationwide. On Sunday, the University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler revealed an anti-Semitic flyer had been posted on campus, a day after a student was arrested for drawing a swastika on a desk.

Although recent figures have yet to be compiled advocacy groups have said there’s been an uptick in anti-Semitism and hate crimes in both the United States and the world recently, especially in the wake of the presidential election.

Next Up

Thomas Lane

Ex-cop Thomas Lane pleads guilty to manslaughter in George Floyd killing

The former Minneapolis police officer appeared in court on Wednesday morning.

14 W Main St, Anoka, MN 55303, United States - September 2021

2 dead after driver flees cop in Coon Rapids, crashes in Anoka

The double-fatal crash happened on Main Street near Ferry Street in Anoka.

Adam Hunter Pattishall.

Fleeing suspect charged in crash that left husband dead, wife critical

Daniel Joseph Fisher, 57, died from multiple blunt force injuries in a crash Sunday. His wife, Cathleen, is in critical condition as of Tuesday.

storm, severe weather

Threat of severe weather returns to Minnesota for 2 days

Isolated severe storms Wednesday, followed by scattered severe storms Thursday.

ambulance

1 dead, 2 injured in crash at intersection in Ramsey

The crash happened at the intersection of Bunker Lake Blvd. and Sunfish Lake Blvd.

Tettegouche State Park bridge

Trails reopen as waters subside, but bridges damaged at Tettegouche State Park

Water levels on the river have dropped about six to eight feet since Friday.

Keith Harvell

Body pulled from Mississippi River ID'd as missing Elk River man

Keith Harvell had been missing since early last month.

900 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota - July 2021

2 victims identified in double-fatal north Minneapolis shooting

A 21-year-old man and a 51-year-old man were identified as the people who died at the scene this past weekend.

Proctor football

Former Proctor HS football player pleads guilty to sexual assault of teammate

The case will also remain in juvenile court, with conditions.

Doug Wardlow

Doug Wardlow reneges on promise, will challenge GOP's AG candidate in primary

Wardlow's announcement sparked swift criticism from the MN GOP and the party-endorsed candidate, Jim Schultz.

Flickr - welcome to minnesota sign - Tony Webster

US News '150 Best Places to Live' features 1 from MN, 3 from WI

The latest US News list is for the most populous metro areas only, so no small towns.

Related

Feds to combat 'unacceptable and escalating threats' towards Jewish centers

In two months, there have been 119 bomb threats made towards Jewish institutions around the country.

The photo from a MN Jewish Community Center that sums up the fear created by bomb threats

Angie Arnold took the photo after the evacuation from the Jewish Community Center in St. Louis Park Wednesday.

President Donald Trump says recent anti-Semitic threats are 'horrible'

Two of Minnesota's Jewish Community Centers have been targeted by bomb threats recently.

Jewish organization's office hit with 'Satan' vandalism

The word "Jewish" was crossed out, with "Satan" written in its place.

Waseca Public Schools

Students evacuated after bomb threat at school in Waseca

Police say the credibility of the threat is undetermined.

After man makes bomb threat, Wisconsin apartment building explodes

Residents were evacuated shortly before the explosion occurred.

University of St. Thomas

St. Thomas student charged over hoax bomb threats against the university

The 20-year-old from Blaine is facing federal charges.