Two U.S. Jewish Day Schools Receive Threatening Phone Calls, Prompting Police Investigation

Conservative school in suburban Philadelphia and nondenominational school in suburban Cleveland each receive threatening calls within 30 minutes of each other.

A caller to the Perelman Jewish Day School in suburban Philadelphia threatened to 'kill Jews' before hanging up.
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Threats to Jewish day schools in two U.S. cities prompted police investigations a day after Jewish schools in Britain received bomb threats.

The Perelman Jewish Day School in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, received a threatening phone call at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, MainLine Media News reported. The caller threatened to “kill Jews” before hanging up.

Police checked the school with officers and bomb-detecting dogs but found nothing suspicious.

The Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School in Beachwood, Ohio, a Cleveland suburb, received an anonymous threatening phone call shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Cleveland Jewish News.

Local police, aided by the FBI and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, investigated and determined there was no credible threat.

Perelman is a Conservative day school, while Mandel is nondenominational.