In the past couple of months JCC's around the nation have been victims of hoax threats. At 4:40 this afternoon, Monday, February 27, our JCC received a bomb threat via phone call. Several other JCCs around the country received threats today as well, and all were deemed not credible.
The Irvine Police Department arrived within minutes and units conducted a full inspection of the building giving the all clear. Staff and security are trained extensively to handle emergency situations. Our safety protocols and practices are reviewed and practiced under the guidance of the Irvine Police Department. Staff responded immediately and professionally evacuating the entire building.Our building opened up again to the community at 7:30 pm.
The safety and security of our members is always our foremost priority. We will continue to be vigilant and work closely with law enforcement.
For 13 years, we have celebrated Jewish life and welcomed the entire community through our doors. We will always be a place for people to come together- to learn, to grow, to socialize, and be a part of a vibrant, dynamic and unique community.
Thank you to our staff and local law enforcement for their swift and professional response. Thank you to our community for your support of the Merage JCC . It is because of you that we are able to continue to be a center that celebrates diversity, education, health and community.