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Nearly 140 US Jewish leaders urge Gantz, Ashkenazi to block annexation – The Times of Israel

| April 6, 2020

WASHINGTON Nearly 140 US Jewish leaders unveiled an open letter Monday to Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz and his deputy, MK Gabi Ashkenazi, urging them to remain steadfast in their opposition to West Bank annexation under a unity government. The missive warns against allowing the coronavirus pandemic to enable Israel to annex West Bank settlements, at a time when the country needs to unify in the face of a public health emergency.

Jews are vastly overrepresented in coronavirus deaths in the UK. Here are some theories why. – JTA News

| April 6, 2020

(JTA) There are about 250,000 Jews in the United Kingdom. They account for only 0.3% of its population. But the coronavirus has killed 44 known Jewish victims so far about 2.5% of the total U.K

In Israel, Ultra-Orthodox Politicians Have Failed to Protect Their Community from Epidemic – Mosaic

| April 6, 2020

In Israel as in America, aredi communities have been among those hardest hit by the coronavirus, as members were slow to abide by social-distancing recommendations, and some rabbis insisted on keeping synagogues and schools open. The disease has spread so extensively in the aredi city of Bnei Brak that the government has sealed it off, and sent in hundreds of police officers to enforce prohibitions on public gatherings. Meanwhile, Yaakov Litzman, the head of the Ashkenazi aredi party and Israels health minister, has tested positive for the illness, and faces allegations that he attended prayer services after the government forbade such public gatherings.

LISTEN: On this seder night, cook whatever you wish – The Times of Israel

| April 6, 2020

Its going to be a very different seder night this year. Some will be mourning the loss of loved ones from the coronavirus. Others will feel the isolation of being apart from family, friends and community

Federation CJA responds to the COVID-19 crisis – Canadian Jewish News

| April 6, 2020

Within a matter of a few short weeks, our everyday lives have been upended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many Jewish communities around the world, the Jewish community of Montreal has been hit hard by this crisis. Federation CJA has immediately leapt into action in collaboration with their agencies and community partners to ensure that needs continue to be met during this trying time

Pandemic could deepen individualist trends in Haredi society, expert says – The Times of Israel

| April 6, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic could lead Haredim to rely less on rabbinic sages and think for themselves more when it comes to matters unrelated to religion, a leading expert on the community says. Gilad Malach, who heads the Ultra-Orthodox in Israel program at the Israel Democracy Institute, does not predict a revolution regarding Haredi reverence for their religious role models

Likud, Blue and White in marathon talks to reach deal on Friday – The Jerusalem Post

| April 6, 2020

A coalition agreement between the Likud and Blue and White parties will be finalized no later than Friday afternoon, sources from both parties said Thursday evening.A deal must be reached by Friday to enable parties in the coalition to bring the agreement to their institutions on Sunday and allow a vote in the Knesset to approve the government on Monday. The Knesset does not meet during Passover, which begins on Wednesday evening and lasts for a week. Blue and White leader Benny Gantzs mandate to form a government, and the leverage that comes with it, ends during the holiday.Progress was made between the two parties as they made compromises on disputed portfolios.I feel the negotiations with the Likud are about to be completed, said Blue and White MK Chili Tropper, who is close to Gantz.Likud agreed to let the Justice Ministry go to Blue and White faction chairman Avi Nissenkorn

I loved Paris. Now I’m home and optimistic. – The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

| April 6, 2020

Bonjour, gut morgn is the typical greeting at La Maison de la Culture Yiddish Bibliothque Medem in Paris (MCY). Studying through Smith Colleges Junior Year in Paris, I had the privilege to immerse myself in both Yiddish and French.

The Uniqueness of Ashkenazi Jewish Ancestry is Important …

| March 31, 2020

By Bethann Hromatka, Ph.D. Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry is under the umbrella of European ancestry, but its clear from numerous studies that people of Ashkenazi ancestry are distinct from the European population at large

Knesset to approve Shin Bet surveillance of coronavirus infected citizens – The Jerusalem Post

| March 31, 2020

The Knesset Intelligence Subcommittee at press time on Monday was moving toward approving the Shin Bets surveillance of coronavirus infected citizens. Even as they approved most of the surveillance program, Chairman Gabi Ashkenazi (Blue and White) and MK Eli Avidar (Yisrael Beytenu) pushed hard to inject limits and continuous oversight on the Israel Security Agencys use of technological surveillance. In multiple instances where the government might have wanted broader and vague language regarding the surveillance program, the committee members insisted on a more explicit list of what the agency could and could not do with the new surveillance powers


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