Amid Bomb Threats, Here Are 4 Ways To Support Your Local Jewish Community

69 bomb threats in 52 days.

CNN reports that 69 bomb threats targeting 54 Jewish Community Centers in 27 states have occurred since January of this year with 11 of those happening this past Monday.

As of this writing, 2017 is just 52 days old.

Although no explosive devices have been found, the damage caused by this kind of terrorism is nonetheless palpable, with many parents choosing to remove their children from JCC daycares and preschools and entire communities left feeling intimidated and afraid.

"We are in a volatile and fast-growing threat environment," said Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, to CNN. "The Jewish community has been on edge."

Here are 4 ways you can demonstrate your support for your local Jewish community. 

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1. Speak up, speak out.

It's important to make your voice heard. Speak out against bigotry – even if that means confronting casually racist or anti-Semitic remarks made at work or school – and stand up for religious freedom. 

2. Donate.

Donate to help educate against bigotry and protect these centers.

3. Be aware.

It's up to you to educate yourself and to keep an eye out for your neighbor. Part of that means staying informed about these troubling events that don't always get the spotlight that they deserve. 

4. Hold politicians accountable.

Although the White House finally addressed the latest wave of threats in a statement issued by Sean Spicer and reported by NBC News' Peter Alexander, many have been dismayed by the administration's apparent hesitancy to speak out. Today, President Donald Trump spoke on the matter during a visit to the National Museum Of African American History And Culture.

"The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible, and are painful, and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil," he said.

Contact state and federal officials to let them know that you expect them to stand for the safety and security of all Americans.

Cover image via Michael Vadon / Joseph Sohm. 

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