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NYC may close churches, synagogues that don’t comply with coronavirus orders, de Blasio warns – Fox News

| March 30, 2020

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasiowarned Friday that the city could shut down certain places of worship if people continued to violate the state's stay-at-home mandates and continue congregating for religious servicesthere.

Worship In The Time Of Coronavirus: How My Synagogue Is Coping With Social Distancing – wgbh.org

| March 30, 2020

Joel Sisenwine knew he wanted to be a rabbi from a young age. He never imagined it would also lead him to a career on the big screen. But that is where he found himself two Fridays ago as he and Cantor Jodi Sufrin led Shabbat services while standing in an empty sanctuary at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley.

South Jersey synagogues and churches look to be closed for Passover and Easter – Press of Atlantic City

| March 30, 2020

The doors to religious institutions across New Jersey look like they will stay locked through one of the holiest times of year, as Gov. Phil Murphys stay-at-home order March 21 creates empty synagogues and churches for the first time in the lives of South Jersey rabbis, priests and other clergy.

Inside Israel’s ultra-Orthodox coronavirus hot spots where even the mayor is sick – Haaretz

| March 30, 2020

Outside one of the citys hundreds of synagogues, the members were just beginning to arrive for minhah (afternoon prayers) on Shabbat afternoon. Despite the orders of both the government and the Chief Rabbinate, the place was still open

Rabbi Mordechai Gurary, 84, Congregational Leader and Torah Scholar – His classes in Talmud and Chassidic philosophy were attended by all ages -…

| March 30, 2020

Rabbi Mordechai Gurary, a prominent Torah scholar who served as the rabbi of the Chevra Shas synagogue in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., for many decades, passed away on March 28 after being infected with the coronavirus. He was 84 years old.

Gantz in, his political partners out: This is what Netanyahu’s new government would look like – Haaretz

| March 30, 2020

Benny Gantz and Gabi Ashkenazi appear to be heading into a unity government, which will enable Benjamin Netanyahu to lead his fifth term as prime minister for the next year and a half. Under the apparent agreement between Kahol Lavan and Likud, Ashkenazi will be defense minister, while Gantzs role remains unclear.

Awaiting Ancient Hatreds, Anticipating New Normals | Rozita Pnini – The Times of Israel

| March 30, 2020

Like a mutating virus, anti-Semitism continues to raise its ugly head in the United States. Thisvirulent form of prejudice has infected the world for many centuries, culminating in the worst genocide in human history. Today, this virus is resurgent, and responsible governments should seek to stamp it out just as they would in response to a viral pandemic because innocent people die in both cases.

Netanyahu’s office denies reports he is to enter isolation for one week – The Jerusalem Post

| March 30, 2020

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his staff will temporarily isolate themselves until the end of an epidemiological study that is expected to reveal that he was not exposed to the coronavirus, his office said.But Netanyahu's office continued to deny reports on Monday that a decision had been made to quarantine him for a week after his parliamentary adviser, Rivka Paluch, was diagnosed with the virus.His office said that Health Ministry professionals were conducting a thorough study to determine what needs to be done next.The first indications of the study indicate that there is no need for Netanyahu to enter quarantine, because he did not meet with Paluch and did not come into close contact with her. They were not in the same room over the past two weeks.Netanyahu, in co-ordination with his personal doctor, has been maintaining health restrictions strictly and is conducting most of his work from his home and most of his consultations by video.Netanyahu intends to be tested for the virus again on Monday after taking it multiple times before.Channel 12 reported on Monday morning that the prime minister will enter isolation for a week after Paluch tested positive for the disease.Paluch told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday night that reports Netanyahu would have to be quarantined were incorrect.Paluch said that while she did go to the Knesset on Thursday to prepare the prime minister for the vote for Knesset speaker, she did not have any real contact with Netanyahu.If Netanyahu tested positive, he and his entire staff would have to be quarantined, as would Blue and White leaders Benny Gantz and Gabi Ashkenazi, who spent eight hours with him overnight on Saturday night negotiating entering his government.But Paluch said it was very unlikely that she had passed the virus on to her boss. Paluch's husband tested positive for the coronavirus before she did.

Table Manners The Cookbook review: ‘What it lacks in cheffy precision, it makes up for in damned good food’ – Telegraph.co.uk

| March 30, 2020

If you havent heard of Table Manners, what planet have you been living on? Three years ago, the singer Jessie Ware launched a podcast with her mum, Lennie

How Israelis fleeing the coronavirus in New York met contagion in the skies – The Times of Israel

| March 30, 2020

Around midday on Wednesday March 18, Adi Israel, a 22-year-old acting student, was waiting to get on an El Al flight to Israel when boarding was inexplicably delayed. Dear passenger, Flight LY002 from New York to Tel Aviv will take off at 13:30 instead of at 12:30 as originally scheduled, read a text message received by Israels mother in Dimona, who was waiting anxiously for her daughter to return from her acting studies at New York Citys Lee Strasberg Institute


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