Officials say Los Gatos Jewish Community Center bomb threat was hoax

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There was no explosive found at Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center in Los Gatos after it was evacuated because of a bomb threat this morning, center officials said. 

Sheriff's and police have determined the bomb threat was a hoax. 

Around 4:30 p.m. Los Gatos police updated the situation to say the center was safe, re-opened this afternoon and that business resumed as normal. 

The APJCC, located at 14855 Oka Road, received the threat via email. The evacuation took place around 11:45 a.m. and also affected the Yavnev Day School, Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley and the Jewish
Federation of Silicon Valley, which are all listed at the same address.

APJCC officials said in a Facebook post around 2 p.m. that everyone was safe and parents were notified about where and how to pick up their children.

Los Gatos police were at the scene of the center. At  2:45 p.m., there was a bomb sniffing canine unit from the sheriff's office on the way to aid in searching the facility.

Many Jewish community centers around the country have dealt with evacuations in recent weeks because of threatening calls and bomb threats, according to the Anti-Defamation League. The ADL itself had its San Francisco office evacuated after a bomb threat last week.