November 30, 2023

A Jewish day school in Toronto has been evacuated due to a bomb threat emailed to school staff, claiming “many Jews will die today.” Police arrived to assist in the evacuation of The Anne and Max Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto and investigate the threat. The threat claimed bombs had been planted in the school parking lot with the subject line “Death by fire.” Parents received an email relaying the message that “multiple explosive devices had been planted in the school.” Toronto Police said the K-9 unit was still on the scene, and updates about the situation would be shared on social media. Last month, threats made in person led to the arrest of a Toronto man and two teens. The UJA Federation of Greater Toronto tweeted that they are concerned and outraged by this incident, which is the latest in a growing number of antisemitic hate crimes in Toronto. During the Israel-Hamas war, the city saw Israeli-owned businesses targeted and antisemitic and anti-Israel graffiti plastered on multiple sites. Toronto has experienced growth in Jewish day school enrollment. Waves of hoax bomb threats targeted synagogues and Jewish schools this fall, continuing even after the arrest of a man in Peru who the FBI said had made at least 150 threats himself.