Mayor Kasko releases statement regarding Katz JCC bomb threat

Threat was called into the Katz Jewish Community Center Monday

On Tuesday, Haddonfield Mayor Jeff Kasko issued a statement in regards to the incident that occurred at the Katz Jewish Community Center in Cherry Hill:

“This morning, I was saddened to read about the horrible threat directed at the Katz Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey in Cherry Hill. I am relieved that the threat of a bomb was just that, and that no one was injured or put in a life-threatening situation. I join Cherry Hill Mayor Chuck Cahn, other elected officials, and area religious leaders in condemning this action and supporting a full investigation and prosecution of those guilty of this abhorrent act of intimidation and threat of violence. I know too many people, myself included, who have attended programs and activities at the JCC, including many Haddonfield children, families and senior citizens, and we deserve a JCC that is safe from this type of uncivilized threat. As others have said similarly before, “An act of intimidation or violence against anyone is an act against all of us.” I strongly believe that the safety and sanctity of every human life, and the freedom of religious belief, are bedrock principles for our nation. No community or elected official should stand by silently when an act of intimidation, hatred or violence occurs nearby. I want the Jewish community in Haddonfield and South Jersey to know that I join government officials at all levels in working to provide a safe and secure environment for all people and condemning this type of criminal behavior.”

The community center later re-opended Monday afternoon after an explosive device was not found.