WEST ORANGE, NJ — The township is disheartened by the numerous bomb threats and other acts of hate to Jewish Community Centers across the country. We are relieved that most of these threats, including a recent one to our local JCC, have proven unfounded.

The JCC is a big part of the West Orange community. We are an accepting and inclusive township and pride ourselves on our diversity. We reject such hurtful, bigoted antics as well as other acts of hostility, such as anti-Semitic graffiti discovered under a bridge at the reservation in neighboring South Orange on Monday.

We take such hate crimes seriously and will not allow such actions to interfere with daily life in our township. The West Orange Police Department will continue to work diligently with the JCC to protect its patrons and we encourage any residents with information about these attacks, or any threats to this community, to contact the Police Department at 973-325- 4000 or the Mayor's Office at 973-325-4100.