Educational Alliance Speaks Out Against Rising Number of Bomb Threats Against Jewish Community Centers
New York, New York – February 28, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Educational Alliance Speaks Out Against Rising Number of Bomb Threats Against Jewish Community Centers – 100 Instances in 2017
The 128-year-old organization, founded by Jews to help immigrants escaping persecution in Eastern Europe, responds to the recent bomb threats made against the Jewish community.
Lower East Side, NYC – In response to growing questions and insecurity in the Jewish community surrounding the over 100 bomb threats that have been made against Jewish Community Centers in 2017, Alan van Capelle, President & CEO of Educational Alliance (EA), released the following statement:
“As a historically Jewish organization overseeing two major Jewish community centers in New York City, we unequivocally reject the idea that daily bomb threats and risks to safety will become the new norm for our families and our community. This organization was proudly founded over 128 years ago by Jewish people, many who fled persecution and saw America as a safe harbor. Educational Alliance was created to be a home to millions seeking freedom and security in a democratic land and we will always fight to protect that tradition. While we have not been the target of these threats, we call upon this city’s officials and law enforcement to immediately address these rising risks and to identify and apprehend the perpetrators. We stand with our community today here in New York and around our nation, ready to assist those who feel less safe in their neighborhood. Antisemitism must not be allowed to prosper in our country and in our city. We the people will not be divided from each other.”
As part of the organization’s We the People Initiative to combat hate in NYC, EA will soon be rolling out a series of anti-violence and de-escalation workshops for community members and business leaders who want to make their establishments a safe space for all.
About Educational Alliance
Educational Alliance (www.edalliance.org) is a 128-year-old community based organization serving more than 50,000 New Yorkers. Providing services to people of all ages and backgrounds, their programs include an incredibly successful College Prep program where in a district with graduation rates as low as 37%, 100% of teenage College Prep participants graduate, go on to college, and receive financial aid. They are also the administrators of Head Start, Early Head Start, and Afterschool programs across lower Manhattan. Millions have been helped by EA’s programs including Karen Canella, a first generation immigrant who became the focus of a campaign EA led to restore NYC’s funding for teen programs. In recent weeks, EA has galvanized the community behind the recently launched “We the People” initiative, claiming lower Manhattan as a sanctuary from the hate and divisiveness that has spread across the nation in the wake of the recent election, leaving many of the vulnerable populations EA serves feeling anxious and scared.
Alan van Capelle, President & CEO of Educational Alliance
Jake Link, Director of Communications