A series of “online bomb threats” closed down three synagogues in Los Angeles on Shabbat morning, according to a report by the Jewish Journal. The affected synagogues were University Synagogue in Brentwood and the Glazer and Irmas campuses of Wilshire Boulevard Temple.  All three were closed shortly after 8 am, according to Los Angeles Police

Department (LAPD) Officer Mike Lopez, who said police cleared all locations to reopen at 12:45 pm after K9 units responded to check the sites. The threats came in through email and online submission forms. A staff member at University Synagogue “found an email that was beyond nasty,” Rabbi Morley T. Feinstein told the Jewish Journal, “horrific language, and threatening” in the synagogue’s email account. Executive director Lisabeth Lobenthal called LAPD. READ MORE