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Letter: Boulder JCC Receives New Bomb Threat

Dear Friends of the Boulder JCC,

Late Tuesday night, the Boulder JCC received an emailed bomb threat. We followed all of our safety and security protocols and contacted local law enforcement. Together with our security team, both the City and County Police conducted a thorough search of the building, and we just received the all clear to resume our programs and operations.

We take the safety and security of our families, our community, and our staff as a top priority. Our Security and Leadership Teams worked together with our local law enforcement to respond to this incident.

As a JCC, we are part of a national network, Secure Community Network [SCN] – an affiliate of the Jewish Federations of North America, that monitors, advises, and supports the safety and security of Jewish Institutions. In response to these recent threats across the country, we have been working closely with our local police department, Security Team, security guards, and national security agencies to monitor the situation and review our protocols. We have been continually briefed by SCN, ADL (Anti-Defamation League), the JCC Association, and the Department of Homeland Security to help us understand the circumstances and support our safety and security efforts.

As you may be aware, this week a number of JCCs received bomb threats via email or phone. We know that the continuation of these threats across the country to JCCs, other Jewish institutions, and the Boulder JCC is very disheartening. Yet, these incidents also demonstrate both the relevance and importance of the community in our JCCs. At times like these the importance of coming together as a community is critical. I hope that you will join us at our many upcoming programs and events to continue to show your support for the work we do for and with the Boulder community.

Thank you for your continued support of the JCC.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Lev, Executive Director
Paula Pollachek, Board President

About Jonathan Lev

Jonathan Lev, MPA, joined the Boulder JCC in 2010. He is a passionate educator and entrepreneur who combines his experience at Jewish summer camp and founding of Boulder based Renewable Choice Energy to influence his leadership as a Jewish professional. He was certified as high school teacher and Summa Cum Laude graduate from the University of Colorado in Boulder. For more than six years, Jonathan was a leader in the field of Jewish summer camp where he worked tirelessly to enhance the level of supervision and mentorship for both campers and staff through innovative summer and year-round trainings. In 2007, Jonathan continued his studies and was selected as a Taub Fellow at New York University in the dual-master’s degree program for a Master in Public Administration in Nonprofit Management (MPA) and Master in Hebrew and Judaic Studies (MA). He and his wife Lyndsay spend their free time hiking trails, skiing, listening to music, and planning their next great adventure. Follow him @jonathanlev on twitter.

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