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Siyum HaShas held in Pinsk, city where Nazis were once in control – The Jerusalem Post

| March 26, 2020

This weekend marks the last Siyum HaShas (celebration of the study of the 7 year cycle of Talmud) organized for the year by Dirshu, the worlds largest Torah organization. Dirshu has organized unprecedented Siyumim across the world since December, including an enormous Siyum featuring representation of the rabbinic leadership of North America at the Prudential Center in New Jersey, which was one of three Siyumim in that state alone! This Siyum has particular significance because it will take place in Pinsk, a city in Belarus with a significant amount of Jewish history and one for which many Jews today can trace their ancestry

Coronavirus in New Jersey: What concerts, festivals and shows have been rescheduled, canceled. (3/25/20) – NJ.com

| March 26, 2020

One of Central Jerseys biggest sports events fell victim to the coronavirus this week, as organizers of the annual Tour of Somerville bicycle race announced it was shelving this years event.

Virtual Prayer: How Synagogues Are WorshippingAnd Conducting FuneralsIn The Coronavirus Age – Forbes

| March 26, 2020

Shortly after California ordered its citizens to remain at home and closed many businesses, Rabbi Shlomo Zarchi, of Congregation Chevra Thilim in San Francisco, needed to tend to the most sobering part of his vocation: He had to conduct a funeral. An elderly woman in his synagoguethe oldest Orthodox congregation in the cityhad recently died from a stroke and in keeping with Jewish custom that burial should occur within the first few days, Rabbi Zarchi helped lay her to rest last Friday before the Sabbath began at sundown. He did so only after ensuring that all mourners remained an appropriately safe distance from one another.

Before the coronavirus, I hadn’t gone to synagogue in years. Now I’m more Jewishly connected than ever. – JTA News

| March 26, 2020

CREEDMOOR, N.C. (JTA) Are you going to the singing thing? my camp friend texts me

A quarter of coronavirus infections from synagogues, Health Ministry says – The Jerusalem Post

| March 26, 2020

One quarter of Israelis who have contracted the coronavirus in Israel have been infected through contact with another infected individual in a synagogue, figures released by an advisory group to the Health Ministry on Tuesday revealed.According to the newly released data, the most common place to contract COVID-19 in Israel is synagogues, where 24% of all infections to date have occurred, with another 5% contracted in yeshivas. Another 15% of infections were contracted in hotels, 12% in restaurants, 7% in supermarkets, 7% in other shops, 5% in medical clinics, 3% in educational institutions, 3% in old age homes, 3% in day care for children, 2% each in youth groups, events halls, clubs and shopping malls, and 1% each in gyms, mikvehs, election ballot stations and personal meetings, with the remaining 2% contracted elsewhere. The new figures prompted several groups to call on the chief rabbis to ban prayer in synagogues due to the clear evidence that communal prayer helps spread coronavirus

Passover services cancelled, but Seder observances will go on in homes around Staten Island – SILive.com

| March 26, 2020

With religious observances canceled or curtailed due to the coronavirus, Passover services ordinarily observed in temples and synagogues as a way to mark the eight-day Jewish holiday that begins on April 8 have also been suspended. According to Mendy Mirocznik, president of the Staten Island Council of Jewish Organizations (COJO), family Seders will go on as usual, hosted in individual homes.

In New Rochelle, coronavirus patients have been asymptomatic for weeks. Why they are still quarantined – Lohud

| March 26, 2020

A member of the New Rochelle synagogue with the first COVID-19 victims is still under isolation despite being asymptomatic for weeks. Rockland/Westchester Journal News Eli Epstein had a low-grade fever for a day or two in early March and tested positive for coronavirus as it spread through his neighborhoodin New Rochelle.

Zionism is Not a Spectator Sport Detroit Jewish News – The Jewish News

| March 26, 2020

Theres an old Israeli platitude that goes like this: Well take your donations; but until you make the sacrifice to live here, you have no say in our affairs.

New Orthodox party in U.S. is big surprise of World Zionist Congress election – Haaretz

| March 26, 2020

A rigidly Orthodox party, running for the first time, is the big winner of the World Zionist Congress election held in the United States, according to preliminary results announced on Monday.

Pro-Settlement Orthodox lists surge in World Zionist Congress elections – The Jewish News of Northern California

| March 26, 2020

The two Orthodox lists surged in the U.S.


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