Israel’s Ban on Foreigners Extended to Mid-June

BY MARCY OSTER JERUSALEM (JTA) — The ban on non-Israelis entering the country in order to stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended at least two weeks into mid-June. The Israel...

Updated Guidelines on Minyanim From Agudath Israel

  1. In light of new recommendations by the health authorities, what additional steps should Orthodox communities be taking to slow the spread of COVID-19? Social distancing. In addition to not...

Cuomo Permits Religious Gatherings With Strict Restrictions

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that religious services would be permitted to resume in the state on condition that strict restrictions on numbers and social distancing...

Some Brooklyn Yeshivos Opening Despite Distancing Rules

(JTA) – For weeks, the two boys studied at their home in Borough Park as their teachers lectured through a phone line. But last Monday, one of the boys’ schools...

NY Family Pays Nearly $200k to Bring Body to Israel for Burial

BY MARCY OSTER JERUSALEM (JTA) — Seven members of a wealthy family brought the body of the family matriarch to Israel to be buried after she died of COVID-19 in New...

Israel Lifts Some Coronavirus Restrictions Amid Extreme Heatwave – Israel’s Health Ministry on Tuesday temporarily lifted the requirement to wear protective masks in schools and open spaces due to an extreme heatwave in the country. According to...

Cuomo to Release Guide to Celebrating Memorial Day, Shavuot

BY PHILISSA CRAMER Jews in New York State may be able to gather legally for small-scale religious services during the next holiday, Shavuot. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in his daily coronavirus briefing...

Orthodox Rabbis Increasingly Split Over Safety of Communal Prayer

(JTA) – When the coronavirus pandemic first descended on the United States in March, the Orthodox rabbis of Dallas shuttered their synagogues together in a remarkable show of unity. In...

Letters to the Editor: Sitting Shivah During COVID-19 Outbreak

Dear Editor, I am writing this piece just after sitting shivah for my beloved father Ira Beer, Yitzchok Dov ben Tzvi Mendel. I was sitting alone in my basement, separated...

Israeli Pharma Giant Donates Medicines for NIH COVID-19 Study

The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) said on Thursday it had begun a study to evaluate the combination of antibiotic azithromycin and hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment for...
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BY MARCY OSTER JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz walked out of a meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu after learning that a close Likud Party...

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