Leader of Bobov Hasidic Sect Tests Positive for COVID-19

BY SHIRA HANAU (JTA) – Just last week, a photo of a Hasidic rabbi from Borough Park wearing a mask outdoors went viral, even prompting one of New York City’s top health...

Cuomo Moves Up NYC School Shutdowns in Hot Spots

All New York City public schools located in the nine ZIP codes that have been deemed hot spots for rising COVID-19 cases will be closed, beginning October 6, New...

By The Book: An Extraordinary Judaica Shopping Experience

  It seems inevitable that Eli Hofstatter would create a cutting-edge Judaica shopping experience. As the source for all things sefarim-related, he has transformed his lifelong passion into an aesthetically...

News From the Hills: Looking Toward a Better New Year

  Yom Kippur is past, and it was as moving and inspirational as Rosh Hashanah. Something about davening outdoors with a small group results in an atmosphere charged with achdus....

Pre-Sukkos Letter from Five Towns Rabbanim

  Introduction and Appreciation We find ourselves on the cusp of the Chag HaSukkos. We have thankfully just had Yomim Noraim in which we had many Minyanim and we are hopeful...

All Politics Are Local: Vote Gregory Marks

    I think we can all agree that year's election is important. The presidential candidates truly present a stark difference in their worldview, and the looming shadow of COVID-19 may...

Judgment Day: Yom Kippur Arrives With COVID-19 Cases on the Rise

BY SHIRA HANAU AND PHILISSA CRAMER (JTA) – In synagogues and in their parking lots, in backyard tent services and on Zoom, Jews around the world will spend the Yom Kippur holiday offering...

Cuomo: 10 ZIP Codes Account for 25% of New COVID Infections

Gov. Andrew Cuomo raised alarm Monday about the emergence of a handful of coronavirus hot spots in New York, saying just 10 ZIP codes represented more than a quarter of...

Update on Reactions to COVID in NY Orthodox Community

NEW YORK (JTA) – After an initial first wave that devastated New York City’s Orthodox Jewish communities, the coronavirus is on the rise again. Meanwhile, Israelis are back under...

Update on COVID-19 From Dr. Marc Sicklick

As we get into the fall, COVID-19 seems to be doing what other coronaviruses do. Most past coronaviruses tended to decrease in mid-spring, in May, and return in the...
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