Upper West Side Synagogue Evacuated Due to Bomb Threat

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Four synagogues and a museum received bomb threats this weekend, though none have been deemed credible by the NYPD.

One of those synagogues was the Upper West Side’s Congregation Rodeph Sholom, located at 7 West 83rd Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.

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“The NYPD 20th Precinct asked us to evacuate the building as a precaution,” Congregation Rodeph Sholom shared on its Facebook page. “Following a thorough search, the building was deemed clear. We are grateful for the response from the NYPD, who, in partnership with our professional security team, completed a thorough investigation of the situation.”

According to CBS News, all of the synagogues that were targeted were sent emails “claiming explosives were present in their buildings or nearby.” In addition to Rodeph Sholom, these emails were sent to Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, Chabad of Midtown, and Brooklyn Heights Synagogue. A threatening email was also sent to the Brooklyn Museum.

The FBI is investigating to identify the person or people who sent the emails.


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