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Berliner says budget aggression will not stand

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Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner reassured activists and professionals in the Jewish community last week that the County’s proposed budget that includes a 1 percent cut in funding for nonprofits will not stand.

“It just simply can’t stand, and I know my colleagues feel the same way,” Berliner told the 60 participants at the 12th annual Jewish Community Relations Council’s Montgomery County Advocacy Day on April 6.

The reduced funding is proposed to come out of the Department of Health and Human Services Non-Developmental Disabilities Provider Services Contracts budget, which many nonprofits rely on to provide services to County residents.

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County to hold hearing on providing security to Jewish centers

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Interfaith clergy assembly at JCCSpeakers from a variety of faiths were present at the Jewish Community Center's hate crime solidarity event earlier this week. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

The Montgomery County Council agreed Tuesday to hold a public hearing on April 4 to allocate $225,000 to three Jewish institutions so that they could beef up their security in light of the 130 bomb threats received across the United States since the beginning of this year.

The most recent threat occurred Monday night at the Bender Jewish Community Center in Rockville. A threatening email was received at 11:32 p.m., said Ron Halber, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington.

Halber declined to say who the email was sent to, noting, “I am not interested in giving anyone ideas.”

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Gathering for bagels and not bombs

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Bagels not bombsLoretta Rudolph and John and Robyn Quinter attended the Wednesday morning rally in support of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, which had been the victim of a bomb scare two days earlier. PHOTO BY SUZANNE POLLAK  

About 50 people gathered at the Randolph Hills Shopping Center in Rockville on Wednesday morning to show support for the nearby Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, which had received an automated bomb threat by telephone Monday morning.

Students did not evacuate as police checked the interior and exterior of the building Monday. No bomb was found. More than 20 Jewish schools and community centers received similar threats that same day.

“I felt like we needed a place to stand together to show that this is not who we are,” said Aviva Goldfarb, of Chevy Chase, who coordinated the Bagels Not Bombs rally at the shopping center across from the Rockville school.

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Man who threatened judge with bomb under arrest

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Car Bomb Scare 6A bomb inspector with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service approaches and searches a car for an explosive device. but nothing was found. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

Police arrested a man who threatened a judge with a bomb over a domestic court case.

Units from the Montgomery County Police Department and Montgomery County Sheriff's Department were able to locate the suspect through his license plate number and pulled him over at Maryland Avenue and Great Falls Road, near Julius West Middle School. Police then placed the suspect under arrest.

According to Dan Ogrin, battalion chief with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, a canine unit with the County Sheriff’s Department indicated at the scene there could be something inside the car. Access to nearby I-270 was closed in both directions while MCFRS investigated the potential danger.

MCFRS dispatched a robot to search inside the car and the car’s trunk but nothing was found. MCFRS then sent in a bomb inspector in protective gear, but no dangerous materials or weapons were found.

This story will be updated as it develops.

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“Anti-Semitic Threats”

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Community Center evacuated while couple receives hate mail

Anti-Semitic Letter 2A letter with this star and “Jude” were found on a Rockville couple’s windshield. COURTESY PHOTO  

ROCKVILLE – Law enforcement is investigating two anti-Semitic crimes this week after a Jewish community center received a bomb threat and a couple received an angry letter after displaying a Black Lives Matter banner.

The bomb threat, which his being handled by Montgomery County police, was one of several across the country at Jewish community centers on Jan. 9.

Rockville Police said they are investigating after a Jewish couple who support Black Lives Matter saw their car defaced with eggs at the end of last week, had toilet paper hung from a tree outside their condominium and received a letter that called their support for the movement anti-white, anti-police and irritating.

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Local Jewish community center receives bomb threat

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Staff members evacuated a local Jewish community center today following a bomb threat by phone, according to the community center’s chief executive officer. It was one of a number of similar threats reported at other Jewish community centers across several states in the country today.

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