Coronavirus: Here is what Israels schools could look like in Sept. 2020 – The Jerusalem Post

| July 3, 2020

Despite the desire for a full return to routine in the fall, as schools closed this week and summer camps opened, the Education Ministry disseminated to administrators the first part of a coronavirus strategic plan for the upcoming school year.The analysis of the present-day reality requires us to prepare for a school year in the shadow of coronavirus, wrote former Education Ministry director-general Shmuel Abuhav, who prepared the report as he was preparing to step down from his role.The plan requires schools to prepare for three scenarios: a full closure closing all schools or a single school due to infection; an integrated model combining distance and frontal learning; and a coronavirus routine operating schools under the full list of Health Ministry directives.The system experienced all these scenarios in the past year, wrote Abuhav. Weve been down this path and now we have to learn, improve and plan based on that experience We are aware of the time constraints.The document calls on schools to plan to be flexible in 2020 and to understand that unlike in previous years, the guidelines will not be published in one document but could be rolled out over time through various platforms

Surprise! Jordanian Ammunition Found Near the Western Wall – Israel Today

| July 3, 2020

An ammunition stash left behind by Jordanian soldiers during the 1967 Six-Day War was exposed during excavations underneath the lobby of the Western Wall Tunnels. The Western Wall Heritage Foundation and Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) archaeologists were surprised to find 10 magazines for a Bern light machinegun full of bullets, two bayonets of a British Lee Enfield rifle, and other rifle parts

Unorthodox Star Shira Haas on Portraying the Hasidic Community and That Emotional Head-Shaving Scene – Variety

| July 3, 2020

Shira Haas has catapulted herself into the zeitgeist with her moving performance as Esther Esty Shapiro on Netflixs Unorthodox. The series sees Esty married off to a man whom she barely knows (played by Haas real-life friend Amit Rahav) and forced to shave her head as Satmar tradition dictates. Haas recalled shooting that emotional haircut scene on the very first day on set, describing it as one heck of a beginning during an interview for an upcoming episode of the Varietyand iHeart podcast The Big Ticket.

Court push to open Jewish sleepaway camps goes before judge on Tuesday – Times Herald-Record

| July 3, 2020

Chris McKenna|Times Herald-Record Hasidic families whose children go to sleepaway camps in the Catskills are awaiting a federal court hearing on Tuesday in a case that will determine if those camps open this summer over the state's objections. The Association of Jewish Camp Operators sued Gov. Andrew Cuomo this month after he barred overnight camps from opening because of continued concerns about spreading the coronavirus.

We Aren’t Who We Think We Are : Code Switch – NPR

| July 3, 2020

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