Jewish day schools in 2 US cities receive threatening phone calls

Julie Wiener

Perelman Jewish Day School in suburban Philadelphia. (Wikimedia Commons)

A caller to the Perelman Jewish Day School in suburban Philadelphia threatened to “kill Jews” before hanging up. (Wikimedia Commons)

(JTA) — Threats to Jewish day schools in two U.S. cities prompted police investigations a day after Jewish schools in Britain received bomb threats.

The Perelman Jewish Day School in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, received a threatening phone call at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, MainLine Media News reported. The caller threatened to “kill Jews” before hanging up.

Police checked the school with officers and bomb-detecting dogs but found nothing suspicious.

The Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School in Beachwood, Ohio, a Cleveland suburb, received an anonymous threatening phone call shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Cleveland Jewish News.

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Local police, aided by the FBI and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, investigated and determined there was no credible threat.

Perelman is a Conservative day school, while Mandel is nondenominational.

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