New York Must Clarify COVID Metrics to Avoid Antisemitism Charge

By MICHAEL A. HELFAND (JTA) — For so many American Jews, the recent clashes between Governor Cuomo and the New York ultra-Orthodox Jewish community over new COVID-19 restrictions (and protests of...

Singer Shulem Lemmer to Educate Orthodox Communities on COVID Risks

BY SHIRA HANAU (JTA) – Cases of COVID-19 are on the rise in a number of Orthodox communities in New York City and surrounding areas. Now a federal government agency is hoping a popular...

Sukkot Brings Its Own Social Distancing Issues

(JTA) — Sukkot, the harvest festival that Jews celebrate each fall, would seem to be designed for the COVID-19 pandemic. After all, it’s typically observed outdoors in temporary structures,...

Lawrence Releases Dr. Sicklick’s Medical Update

As the local numbers quickly and significantly go up, things are changing rapidly..  I would like to address a few points . One basic premise that I stated a few...

COVID-19 Infections Force Darchei to Suspend In-Person Learning

Yeshiva Darchei Torah in Far Rockaway closed Tuesday and will remain closed while the New York City Department of Health investigates reports of 13 active COVID-19 infections at the...

NYS Issues Guidance for High Holiday Services

BY SHIRA HANAU (JTA) – Worshippers at services should be 12 feet apart from one another when singing. Sukkahs can be considered outdoor environments, though distancing should be maintained and ventilation...

Palestinian Official Saeb Erekat in Critical Condition at Israeli Hospital

BY JOSEFIN DOLSTEN (JTA) — Saeb Erekat is in “critical” condition at an Israeli hospital after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Erekat, who has served as the chief negotiator for the Palestinian Liberation...

COVID-19 Update From Rabbi Aaron Glatt, MD

COVID-19 Update July 2, 2020 I am very sad to report we have seen an uptick in COVID-19 cases. Nassau County was down to 25 cases a day; that has since...

Anti-Lockdown Protests Spawn Antisemitic Imagery

(JTA) — Antisemitic conspiracy theories and Holocaust imagery continue to be mainstays at anti-lockdown protests against governors and in state capitols. A placard at an anti-lockdown protest held Saturday at...

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...
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