Cops break up ‘large gathering’ at Orthodox synagogue in Brooklyn – New York Post

Posted By on May 21, 2020

The NYPD broke up a gathering of about 100 people at a Brooklyn synagogue Wednesday morning while responding to a 311 complaint, police and the mayors office said.

The officers responded to a call shortly before 8 a.m. at the Congregation Yetev Lev Satmar Ohel Feiga on South 8th Street near Bedford Avenue and found the gathering, according to cops.

They told the group to disperse, and they peacefully followed orders, authorities said. No arrests were made and no summonses were issued.

A City Hall spokesperson said the city is already taking action to prevent a similar gathering at the synagogue.

This behavior is unacceptable and we are issuing a cease and desist to this synagogue today, the spokesperson said in a statement.

Police have been called to disperse a number of Orthodox Jewish gatherings since social-distancing guidelines were put in place amid the coronavirus outbreak in the city.

Last week, hundreds of Orthodox Jews flouted social-distancing guidelines and held a block party in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.

Dozens of members of the community danced hand-in-hand to blaring music, while others gathered in the street and around a bonfire near Myrtle Avenue and Skillman Street to celebrate the Lag BOmer holiday, according to witnesses and videos.

In late April, hundreds of members of the Orthodox community gathered in the streets of Williamsburg to witness the funeral of Rabbi Chaim Mertz.

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