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JCC Association of North America Responds to Hate Crime Indictment

March 1, 2018
Sara Koenig, West End Strategy Team; Office: 212.498.9300; Cell: 917.420.0303

JCC Association of North America Responds to Hate Crime Indictment
Against Suspect in Threats to JCCs

NEW YORK – This week, the U.S. Department of Justice filed new hate crime charges against 19-year-old Michael Ron David Kadar, a dual American-Israeli citizen, for the hundreds of threats he made against Jewish Community Centers (JCC) across the United States and Canada from January to March 2017. In response to the new charges, JCC Association of North America President and CEO Doron Krakow said the following:

“JCC Association of North America welcomes the announcement by the Department of Justice that hate crime charges have been filed against the individual responsible for the wave of threats made against our community centers last year. This indictment sends a clear message that we have zero tolerance for any act of terrorism directed against our community.

“We thank the FBI, the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security for their relentless pursuit of justice in this case, to ensure the safety and security of every JCC across the continent. We applaud the leaders of our JCCs for continuing to fulfill their important missions of creating inclusive, engaging community gathering places during, and in the aftermath of, these false threats. One year after the first threats were made, our communities are stronger than ever before.”

Click here to read the indictment.


JCC Association of North America strengthens and leads JCCs, YM-YWHAs and camps throughout North America. As the convening organization, JCC Association partners with JCCs to bring together the collective power and knowledge of the JCC Movement. JCC Association offers services and resources to increase the effectiveness of JCCs as they provide community engagement and educational, cultural, social, recreational, and Jewish identity building programs to enhance Jewish life throughout North America. By supporting the 25,000 Jewish communal professionals who connect with two million JCC participants each year, JCC Association encourages engaged lives of purpose and meaning. Learn more at, on Facebook and on Twitter at @JCCAssociation.

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