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I thought the coronavirus would make my congregants feel far away. In fact, I’m seeing them more closely than ever. – JTA News

| March 31, 2020

(JTA) If you glanced at my work calendar, you might not know that the world is turned inside out. As a cantor and rabbi at a Los Angeles synagogue, I am continuing to lead services and counsel congregants. But like so many others, all of my meetings have been commuted to digital platforms.

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.

Iraqi interpreter and his family move into new home furnished by Omaha synagogue – Omaha World-Herald

| March 28, 2020

The novel coronavirus has put life on hold for many around the world, but it didnt stop a family in Omaha from reaching a huge milestone Friday. With help from an Omaha synagogue and a few friends, an Iraqi refugee family moved into a west Omaha apartment

Temple gift shops pick up where now-closed Judaica stores left off – The Jewish News of Northern California

| March 28, 2020

With only two independent Judaica stores remaining in the Bay Area, synagogue and JCC gift shops are filling a growing need not only for tangible items, but for community, too. Yves Jewelry & Judaica in Berkeley closed earlier this year, citing lackluster sales, leaving Dayenu (located at the JCC of San Francisco) and Afikomen (Berkeley) as the only two remaining independent stores selling ritual and other Jewish objects. Synagogue gift shops have been able to weather challenges like the proliferation of big-box stores and the convenience of internet shopping with the help of institutional support.

"It was sad but also a relief": This family hosted their son’s bar mitzvah over Zoom – Toronto Life

| March 28, 2020

It was sad but also a relief: This family hosted their sons bar mitzvah over Zoom Batya Grundland, a family doctor, and her husband, Mark Rottmann, a high-school science and engineering teacher, live in Toronto with their children Mattan, 13, Benjamin, 10, and Amitai, five. The family had been planning Mattans bar mitzvah for over two years, and the two-day event was set for last weekend.

Jewish leaders fear ultra-Orthodox Jews have missed isolation message – The Guardian

| March 28, 2020

Jewish leaders are concerned that messages about the risks of Covid-19, and the need to isolate and keep social distance, are not reaching pockets of the ultra-Orthodox community who rarely engage with the media and have limited access to the internet.


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