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The San Antonio Jewish Federation says there is no immediate threat after warning the congregation of a potential threat to the synagogue

The Jewish Federation of San Antonio says there is no longer a “known imminent threat” to the Jewish community in San Antonio, Texas, after urging synagogues and Jewish organizations to cancel events.

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The Houston FBI said there were no known direct threats to the Houston area.

The Houston Police Department told ABC13 that they have been proactively increasing patrols for synagogues in the Houston area over the past few days due to threats to synagogues in Texas.

The Jewish Federation earlier Saturday said it had received an alert from the FBI about a “potential threat to an unacknowledged Jewish facility in the San Antonio area.”

The Federation said it received an official update from the FBI.

“While we recommend remaining alert and aware of your surroundings at all times, we are pleased to report that the urgency of the concern has been reduced,” the statement said.

The national FBI office told ABC13 in a statement:

“The FBI is investigating a potential threat targeting an unidentified synagogue in Texas. We are working to establish the credibility of the threat and share information with our law enforcement partners and our partners in the Jewish community. We remind the public that if they observe anything suspicious or have information about a potential threat, immediately report it to law enforcement, call your local FBI field office, or send a tip to tips.fbi.gov.

In an earlier statement, the FBI said it was investigating the credibility of a potential threat against an “unidentified” Texas synagogue.

“We are working to determine the credibility of the threat and share information with our law enforcement partners and our partners in the Jewish community,” the FBI said.

“After consultation with all local synagogues and organizations, it has been recommended that all formal Jewish gatherings be suspended until further notice,” the Jewish Federation said in a statement.

Temple Beth-El released a statement on its Facebook page announcing that Saturday Sabbath services were canceled both in person and online.

In a statement, the Anti-Defamation League said it works closely with the San Antonio Jewish Federation. “ADL has been in close contact with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in Texas for more than 72 hours in connection with a series of threats against a Texas synagogue,” the statement said. “In the last 24 hours we have received an alert regarding a more specific and credible threat. We will continue to monitor closely and share relevant updates with all of our Jewish community partners.”

The San Antonio Police Department told CNN that it is in contact with the FBI’s San Antonio Division and has referred all investigations to them.

Speaking to CNN’s Evan Perez on Friday, FBI Director Christopher Wray said they are seeing an increase in threats against the Jewish community.

“We’re working closer and closer together across the country because we recognize that they are increasingly the target of violent extremism from all sorts of views and ideologies, and that has to stop,” he said. “We will not tolerate that and stand by the side of the Jewish community.”

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