FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 28, 2018
Sara Koenig, West End Strategy Team
SKoenig@westendstrategy.com; Office: 212.498.9300; Cell: 917.420.0303
JCC Association of North America Responds to Conviction of Perpetrator Responsible for Bomb Threats Against JCCs
NEW YORK – Today, a Tel Aviv District Court convicted 19-year-old Michael Ron David Kadar, a dual American-Israeli citizen, on multiple counts, including conspiracy to commit a crime, for the hundreds of bomb threats he made against Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) across the United States and Canada between January and March of 2017. In response to the conviction, JCC Association of North America President and CEO Doron Krakow said the following:
“JCC Association of North America and the JCC Movement are deeply gratified by this conviction. This guilty verdict makes clear that threats of terrorism against the Jewish community, no matter where those threats may originate, will not go unpunished.
“Law enforcement, at the local and federal levels in the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Israel, were – and remain – extraordinary partners and allies from the first threat until this conviction was delivered. They worked vigilantly to ensure the safety and security of every JCC across the continent, and we are grateful for their support and diligence.
“More than a year after the first threats were received, our JCCs are safer and our communities more resolved than ever before.”
ABOUT JCC ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA:
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.