School Security Must Be a Priority

This week, 11 bomb threats were called into Jewish Community Centers across the country.

This was not the first time.

In January, nearly 60 bomb threats were reported at 48 Jewish Community Centers in 26 states and one Canadian province.

Unfortunately, these threats are not isolated events.

Recently, New Yorkers erased swastikas on a Manhattan subway with hand sanitizer. In Chicago, a man drove up to the city’s downtown synagogue and left two swastika stickers on its door. And in Houston, a statue of William March Rice on Rice University’s campus was adorned with yet another swastika.

These threats underscore the unique risks Jewish institutions face every day. This heightened threat makes the funding inequity in our state all the more poignant.