The Jewish school in Annapolis, MD, that received an anonymous phone call about a bomb threat, has found support in unlikely places.
With the arrest of an Israeli teen believed to be responsible for a number of threats to other Jewish institutions in North America the Jewish community have begun to worry that antisemitism is on the rise.
When the Maryland Alpert Family Aleph Bet Jewish Day School received a phone call from an unknown man about a bomb threat, the concern for the Jewish community only grew. This threat is not the first one to occur in Maryland. There have been at least seven other threats targeting Jewish community centers, schools, and religious facilities just in the past year alone.
Luckily, when the bomb threat occurred at Alpert Family Aleph Bet Jewish Day School a teacher in charge of 32 students was calm, organized, and prepared enough to evacuate her class from the building safely. After two hours of detailed search, performed by authorities, the teacher and students were allowed to reenter the classroom and proceed as usual.
Days after the bomb threat, the school began experiencing a surprising amount of support from groups outside of the Jewish community. Letters poured in from Christian, Muslim, and other religious groups alike. Alpert Family Aleph Bet Jewish Day School has not taken this demonstration of solidarity lightly. The school displays the letters on walls of classrooms to teach its students in attendance the importance of caring for fellow human beings.
These same supportive groups have sent letters to the Baltimore-area JCC, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville, which was threatened twice, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, which was threatened in January, and many other Jewish facilities that have experienced threats in the past. The letters reveal the importance of choosing love over hate and education over ignorance.
The letters were just the beginning. A solidarity rally was held at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School to demonstrate that there is strength in numbers and that no religious group should feel that they are standing alone against threats. More than 40 religious leaders of a variety of different faiths were in attendance.
Despite the continual threats, members of the Jewish community have expressed that instead of feeling fear, they are overwhelmed with the strength and sense of belonging that those reaching out to help have provided.
Jewish leaders hope to bring together people of different beliefs in order to take the world one step closer to tolerance and acceptance. No group, regardless of religion or faith, should ever be persecuted or have to experience the fear of threats due to what they believe.
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Pitts, J. M. (2017, March 26). Maryland Jewish centers find support amid the terror. Retrieved March 27, 2017, from http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-jcc-bomb-threat-effects-20170326-story.html