JFNA Raising $54 Million for Coronavirus Relief Fund

BY MARCY OSTER (JTA) — The Jewish Federations of North America is working to raise $54 million to ensure continued human services for Jewish communities and those affected by the coronavirus...

Israel Announces Partial National Lockdown After Coronavirus Surge

Israel will impose a partial national lockdown next week to battle a coronavirus infection surge, the head of its pandemic task force said on Thursday, shouting his exasperation in an...

Surgeon General Advises OU on High Holiday Protocol

BY SHIRA HANAU (JTA) – In a call with Orthodox rabbis, the U.S. surgeon general encouraged the spiritual leaders to take precautions when planning High Holiday services this year. Dr. Jerome Adams...

Local Doctors: Stay Vigilant, Heed Experts

Dear Five Towns Community: We are writing to express our unanimous medical opinion regarding our community’s actions and attitudes towards the COVID-19 pandemic. Our group includes physicians from a variety...

Israel’s Coronavirus Cabinet Approves ‘Traffic Light’ Plan to Curb Pandemic

JNS.org – Israel’s ministerial coronavirus cabinet on Sunday approved a new plan to tackle the pandemic. Crafted by Coronavirus Project Coordinator Ronni Gamzu, the “traffic light” plan, which imposes COVID-19...

Warnings Of New COVID Cases Amid Rising Fear Of A Second Wave

  BY SHIRA HANAU (JTA) – With cases of COVID-19 rising over the last several weeks in Orthodox communities in the New York City area, a synagogue in Brooklyn and a Jewish ambulance group...
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New Covid-19 Pooling Test Successfully Identifies Positive Patients And Asymptomatic Carriers

A new peer-reviewed study published in Science Advances confirms the success of a new COVID-19 pooling test that identifies all positive subjects, including asymptomatic carriers, in a single round...

New COVID-19 Cases in Orthodox Communities Elicit Concern

(JTA) – Over the past week, the reports have come fast and furious. One overnight sports camp for boys in Pennsylvania had an outbreak of COVID-19, sending eight boys back to...

Gila Jedwab: What Is That Word?

  Helen Keller was taken out of her dark, silent world by her teacher Anne Sullivan. Anne spelled words, one by one, into Helen’s eager hand. Each new word lifted...

COVID Update From Dr. Glatt

By Rabbi Aaron E. Glatt, MD While the number of new COVID-19 cases nationwide has begun to slow over the past few weeks, the United States is still recording more...
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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...

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...

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By Gabriel Geller Royal Wine/Kedem For many, if not most of us (all of us quite frankly), Shabbos and yom tov are not only great mitzvos;...

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