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The Department of Homeland Security is stepping up its support for Jewish institutions across the nation who've received more than 120 bomb threats in the past two months. Jewish Community Centers have been pressing for help as they've been targeted by waves of threatening calls as well as vandalism.

Since January, the calls coming in to JCCs have been both vivid and unnerving. Betzy Lynch, executive director of the JCC in Birmingham, Ala., got three of the threatening calls, all very similar.

Bomb threats forced evacuations at Jewish schools and community centers in 11 states Monday, with the Jewish Community Center Association confirming threats in states ranging from Florida to Michigan. In Ann Arbor, Mich., police gave the all-clear after a Hebrew day school was threatened, forcing students to leave.

Local and federal authorities are investigating a bomb threat called in to a Jewish Community Center in Beechwood. 

A bomb threat that forced evacuation of a Jewish community center in a Cincinnati suburb Wednesday morning may be related to 20 similar threats being reported nationwide.  

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Israeli Police say a man has confessed to stabbing and killing his two children while they visited him from the United States.