South Jersey Faith Communities Rally to Support Katz JCC, Subject of Phoned Bomb Threat

SBN News Director Steve Lubetkin interviews Farhat Biviji, Muslim co-chair of the South Jersey Catholic-Jewish-Muslim dialogue, at the pro-love rally held at the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill on Feb. 28. The JCC was one of 30 Jewish facilities that received bomb threats earlier this week.SBN News Director Steve Lubetkin interviews Farhat Biviji, Muslim co-chair of the South Jersey Catholic-Jewish-Muslim dialogue, at the pro-love rally held at the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill on Feb. 28. The JCC was one of 30 Jewish facilities that received bomb threats earlier this week.

CHERRY HILL, NJ—(SBN)—Members of the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish communities rallied together at rush hour Tuesday evening, bringing a message of hope and love to traffic passing the Katz Jewish Community Center, which was the target of an anonymous bomb threat Monday, one of 30 JCCs in 18 states targeted on the same day. No bombs were found in any of the centers, but thousands had their activities disrupted, including young children in preschools and senior citizens who had to leave indoor swimming pools in their bathing suits.

About 100 people rendezvoused at the JCC Tuesday with signs reading “Hate has no home here,” and “Shalom, Salam, Peace” and encouraged passing motorists to honk their horns in solidarity. Many did so, as Cherry Hill’s mayor, Chuck Cahn, police chief William Monaghan, and several police officers looked on.

Watch a video news report on the rally from SBN news director Steve Lubetkin in the player below.

 

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Steve Lubetkin is the news director for StateBroadcastNews.com. Steve’s journalism background includes print and broadcast reporting for NJ news organizations. Since 2015 he has been the New Jersey and Philadelphia editor for GlobeSt.com. His video work for GlobeSt.com has been honored by the Garden State Journalists Association, and he has also been recognized for video by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has produced audio podcasts on CRE topics for the NAR Commercial Division and the CCIM Institute. Steve has also served (from August 2017 to March 2018) as national broadcast news correspondent for CEOReport.com, a news website focused on practical advice for senior executives in small- and medium-sized companies. Steve also reports on-camera and covers conferences for NJSpotlight.com, a public policy news coverage website focused on New Jersey government and industry; and for clients of StateBroadcastNews.com, a division of The Lubetkin Media Companies LLC. Steve has been the computer columnist for the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey, since 1996. Steve is co-author, with Toronto-based podcasting pioneer Donna Papacosta, of the book, The Business of Podcasting: How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional. You can email Steve at steve@statebroadcastnews.com.