At least five North American Jewish centres reported bomb threats on Sunday as Jews observed the religious holiday of Purim.
None of the threats proved real in the latest wave of intimidating acts targeting the Jewish community.
The Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Centre in Rochester, New York, was evacuated on Sunday morning for the second time in less than a week.
Other locations reporting similar threats included Indianapolis Jewish Community Centre in Indiana; the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada; and The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Centre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. All reopened a few hours later without incident.
The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Centre of Houston also received a bomb threat -- its second in three weeks, Executive Vice President Joel Dinkin said. The centre, which received the threat via email, was not evacuated.
The threats were the latest acts in a recent wave of antisemitic incidents across the United States. Museums, houses of worship, advocacy groups and cemeteries have been targets of bomb threats and vandalism as federal officials work with state and local authorities to find those responsible.
Sunday's incidents bring the number of threats since January in the United States and Canada to 154, according to the Centre for the Study of Hate and ExtremismMonday, March 13, 2017