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Rochester JCC hit with bomb threat Tuesday morning

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Posted at 10:46 AM, Mar 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-07 10:47:25-05

The Jewish Community Center in a suburb of Rochester is the latest in a string of bomb threats targeting Jewish communities throughout the country.

The JCC in Brighton received a bomb threat Tuesday morning, causing the facility to shut down.

People inside the center told WHAM, the ABC affiliate in Rochester, all members and staff temporarily evacuated the center shortly before 6 a.m. The JCC has since been reopened after no bombs were found, according to WHAM.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office and Brighton Police Department were on scene and all entrances were closed off, according to WHAM.

WHAM says this incident comes less than one week after 16 headstones were damaged in a Jewish cemetery in Rochester. State Police and other law enforcement are still investigating that case.

In an interview between the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester CEO Meredith Dragon and WHAM last month, Dragon told the news station the bomb threats across the nation are a form of domestic terrorism and believes there is a reason JCCs are being targeted.