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Hasidic Jews feel like the only minority New York officials are comfortable targeting – Religion News Service

| October 24, 2020

(RNS) On Oct. 8, mere hours before the happiest day on the Jewish calendar, during which adherents gather en masse to dance with the Torah,new COVID-19regulationsthatNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo had announced two days prior went into effect, more than dampening the holiday mood. The regulations were for cluster areas hot spots with spikes in new COVID-19 cases in Brooklyn, Queens, Broome, Orange and Rockland Counties

Hasidic Wedding Scheduled For Monday In Williamsburg Could Test Resolve Of COVID Enforcement – CBS New York

| October 24, 2020

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) An important Hasidic wedding scheduled for Monday in Williamsburg could be a big test of the resolve of state and city officials to enforce infection reducing lockdown rules to keep COVID-19 clusters in check.

Police Release Photos Of Individuals Wanted In Connection To Attack On Hasidic Jewish Man In Williamsburg – CBS New York

| October 24, 2020

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) Police have released photos of individuals wanted for questioning in connection to an attack on a Hasidic Jewish man in Brooklyn. The incident happened just after 10:30 p.m. Thursday on Bartlett Street in Williamsburg.

A Hasidic villages coronavirus tests went from 34% positive to 4% in a month. The county health commissioner is asking how. – Forward

| October 24, 2020

In the course of about a month, the Hasidic village of Kiryas Joel, N.Y., managed to drop its rate of positive tests for coronavirus infection by a dramatic 30 points from 34.2% in the last week of September, to 4.2% this week, according to state data released Wednesday. Town leaders and New York Gov.

I blew the whistle on the planned 10000 person Satmar wedding. Here’s why. – JTA News – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

| October 24, 2020

(JTA) On Saturday night, shortly after observant Jews went back online after Shabbat, Orthodox media outlets, Twitter accounts, and WhatsApp groups were ablaze about news that had broken several hours earlier. At his afternoon press conference, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that his office would shut down a planned wedding for the grandson of Zalman Leib Teitelbaum, the Williamsburg Satmar Rabbi, which organizers said would attract as many as 10,000 followers.

NY Health Officials Order Shutdown of 10,000 Person Wedding in Brooklyn – NBC New York

| October 24, 2020

Health officials in New York delivered a ban days before a scheduled wedding after receiving reports that "upwards of 10,000 individuals" were scheduled to attend the ceremony in Brooklyn, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

The future of religious gatherings in the COVID-19 era – Arab News

| October 24, 2020

One of the more trying aspects of the global pandemic for people of faith has been the suspension of religious gatherings around the world. Given the potential for the virus to spread in places of worship, many congregations have moved online and, in some cases, been completely transformed.Not everyone is happy, however.

In Israel, journalists are being attacked while covering the pandemic in haredi Orthodox communities – The Jewish News of Northern California

| October 24, 2020

As a journalist in Israel, Marc Israel Sellem has dodged shellfire and run through riots while working. But the Jerusalem Post photographer was still surprised by what happened Sunday when he set out to document the reopening of haredi Orthodox schools in violation of government restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio: I regret how I handled that Orthodox funeral in April – Forward

| October 24, 2020

(JTA) With tensions high between Orthodox Jews and New York officials, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio expressed regret Tuesday for how he handled a large Hasidic funeral in the pandemics early days. Back in April, after a large funeral for a local rabbi in Brooklyn drew thousands of Orthodox Jews into the streets of Williamsburg, de Blasio visited the scene himself and called out the Jewish community

Dont call Hasidim anti-science. They kept COVID at bay all summer. – Forward

| October 2, 2020

Theres been a rise in COVID cases among Hasidim, and the world is pointing a finger. See


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