Are bomb threats a sign of our times?

| August 7, 2009

Three Monmouth County synagogues that were recently the target of bomb threats offer a glimpse into how fragile the social tensions are today.

According to an Asbury Park Press story, the Prosecutors believe the caller had a Middle Eastern accent. Notably, all three target congregations are orthodox.

The Synagogue of Deal, at 128 Norwood Ave., Deal; Congregation Brothers of Israel, at 250 Park Ave., in the Elberon section of Long Branch; and the Ohel Simha Congregation, at 295 Park Ave., Elberon were evacuated and searched by bomb squads from the New Jersey State Police and the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, the APP report stated. No one was injured.

Reportedly, the spiritual leader of the Synagogue of Deal is Rabbi Isaac Dwek, the father of Solomon Dwek, the man identified by sources as the confidential witness at the center of a corruption and money laundering case in which 44 people, including politicians and rabbis, were arrested by federal authorities last month, the APP report indicated. It said that the assistant rabbi at the synagogue, Edmond Nahum, 56, was among those charged with money laundering. His lawyer said he is innocent.

The report notes that investigation into the bomb threats is being handled by the Prosecutor’s Office, FBI, Long Branch and Deal police, the Monmouth County Office of Homeland Security, New Jersey State Police and the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office. Prosecutors are urging anyone with information that would help authorities identify the caller to contact Prosecutor’s Office Detective Delisa Brazile at 800-533-7443, Deal Sgt. William Hulse at 732-531-1113, or Long Branch Detective Juan H. Vasquez at 732-222-1000.

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Category: Synagogue/Jewish Security

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