Today, TanenbaumCHAT was evacuated due to a bomb threat. Police are on scene and sweeping the building. As a precaution, all students and staff have been safely moved to another location while law enforcement investigates.
This incident is an example of the importance of Jewish institutions maintaining security protocols and a high level of readiness. We are grateful for the actions of TanenbaumCHAT and Toronto Police Service in addressing the situation quickly and with professionalism.
We are concerned and outraged by this incident, which is just the latest in a growing number of antisemitic hate crimes in Toronto.
We remain in touch with law enforcement to monitor this situation and understand the implications for our community’s security. At this stage, police advise that community activities continue with heightened vigilance and awareness. Jewish institutions should ensure protocols are being followed, particularly access controls at building entrances. Voicemail and email in-boxes should be regularly checked, and any suspicious or threatening messages reported without delay.
Should police guidance change and there is a need to adjust communal activities, we will issue an alert to our community without delay.
Thank you – and please continue to exercise additional awareness at this challenging time.
UJA Community Security