At Least 300 Evacuated from Bender JCC in Rockville

Bomb threat could have been part of nationwide scare

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Bender JCC on Montrose Road received a bomb threat Monday.

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At least 300 people were evacuated from a Jewish community center in Rockville after a telephoned bomb threat was received about noon Monday, the center’s CEO said.

Montgomery County police arrived at the building and gave the all-clear by 1 p.m., police said. People have returned to the building, said Michael Feinstein, CEO of the Bender JCC of Greater Washington.

About a dozen JCCs across the country also received bomb threats Monday, Feinstein said.

The building, which opened in 1969, houses a pre-school with almost 200 students, he said, as well as fitness classes. About 60 staff members were on site at the time of the bomb threat, he said.

Feinstein said Bender officials will debrief staff and evaluate next steps with security advisers.

“This is the new reality we have to deal with,” Feinstein said.

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