Hazardous materials team checks out ‘suspicious package’ at Congregation Shalom in Fox Point

"Suspicious" package investigated at Congregation Shalom in Fox Point

FOX POINT -- North Shore Fire and Rescue along with the Milwaukee Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Team were dispatched to Fox Point for a call near Santa Monica Boulevard and Calumet Road Monday, Aug. 19, shortly after noon.

Officials said the response involved a suspicious package. Rabbi Noah Chertkoff of Congregation Shalom said one of the staff opened a package -- and something seemed suspicious about the packaging.

As it turned out, the package was full of Rosh Hashanah stickers -- something the congregation had ordered in preparation for the start of the Jewish New Year.

"Suspicious" package investigated at Congregation Shalom in Fox Point

Lt. Dan Tyk of North Shore Fire and Rescue also noted in a news conference that at the same time this incident was going on, officers from Bayside were investigating a threatening call complaint and suspicious package at The Shul -- not far away. Tyk indicated these two incidents divided resources -- but with help from fire department and law enforcement partners, it was all resolved. The package received at The Shul was also something that had been ordered by staff there.

Officials with Congregation Shalom Milwaukee posted the following message on Facebook:

"Dear Congregants,

At least two local synagogues are currently investigating suspicious packages that were received. One of which is Congregation Shalom. Law enforcement has been notified and is on the scene at both locations.

This is an ongoing incident and we will notify you of any changes. Until further notice is given, all ritual and educational programming at the synagogue is cancelled. Please do not approach the building."

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