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Some American Jews are taking off their kippahs and Stars of David

(JTA) — When Ricki moved into her new ground floor apartment in New York City less than a year ago, she felt perfectly comfortable placing a mezuzah on the front door for all who passed through the lobby to see. Today she feels less sanguine about...

 
 By Shira Hanau    Features    May 28, 2021

Faye Schulman, Holocaust survivor whose photographs documented the partisan resistance, dies at 101

(JTA) — Faye Schulman, a Holocaust survivor who lost most of her family to the Nazis but joined a group of partisan fighters and documented their work in photographs, died April 24, The Washington...

 
 By Shira Hanau    Features    May 21, 2021

TikTok and Twitter videos bring images of Israel-Gaza conflict home to American Jews

(JTA) - For some Americans watching the escalating violence in Israel and Gaza in recent days, the most striking image from the conflict came in a video of Israeli men at the Western Wall, singing...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    May 21, 2021

New Pew study shows 75 percent of Orthodox Jews identify as Republicans, up from 57 percent in 2013

(JTA) — Among the findings of the Pew Research Center’s new survey of American Jews is one that has become increasingly self-evident in recent years: Orthodox Jews in the U.S. overwhelmingly affiliate with the Republican Party. According to the...

 
 By Shira Hanau    Features    April 30, 2021

This chef, born next to a matzah factory, is delivering meals to Holocaust survivors

(JTA) - Growing up, Passover was always a special time of year for David Teyf. It wasn't just about the holiday. It was also the stories his family would tell about the matzah factory they used to...

 
 By Shira Hanau    Features    April 30, 2021

Inspired by the pandemic, Jewish musicians are rolling out a year's worth of spiritual 'healing songs'

(JTA) - It was only about a week into lockdown last spring when Elana Brody took out her keyboard piano for a jam session. It was late at night, so it made sense that the new melody that came to her t...

 
 By Shira Hanau    Features    April 23, 2021

Kids need camp this summer!

(JTA) — Last year at this time, the message out of Jewish summer camps was one of doom and gloom. In April 2020, the Union for Reform Judaism announced that COVID would force a closure of its camps for the summer, affecting some 10,000 kids. In...

 
 By Shira Hanau    Features    April 16, 2021

New ritual aims to bridge Holocaust remembrance to a post-survivor world

(JTA) - Holocaust remembrance day programs in Jewish communities have stuck to a familiar form for decades, featuring Holocaust survivors sharing their stories followed by the lighting of yahrzeit...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    March 19, 2021

Results of Orthodox Jews COVID-19 study last year are in

(JTA) — One year after COVID-19 first walloped Jewish communities in the United States, a scientific study has confirmed something that many in the communities have long believed: gatherings during the week of Purim served as super-spreader...

 
 By Shira Hanau    Features    March 19, 2021

Vaccinations and tests enable some families to gather for Passover Seders this year

(JTA) - The Darvick family did Jewish holidays by videoconference long before a pandemic forced them.  "We call it Skypanukkah," Elliot Darvick told The New York Times in December 2011, when the...

 

Hasidic boys' choir sings tribute to Donald Trump

(JTA) — Even without hearing the words, the pictures that animate the “Appreciation Song for President Trump” sung by a group of Hasidic boys clearly spell out the reasons for their appreciation for Donald Trump. “With devotion so strong,...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    January 15, 2021

Orthodox Jewish Trump supporters decry violence but not the movement

(JTA) - Heshy Tischler, the pro-Trump provocateur of Orthodox Brooklyn, wasn't at the U.S. capitol when a mob stormed it Wednesday - but not because he didn't want to be. Tischler was one of a throng...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    January 15, 2021

Court strikes down capacity limits on houses of worship

(JTA) — A federal court of appeals ruled that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s capacity limits on houses of worship in areas with rising COVID-19 cases constituted a violation of religious liberty. The ruling on Monday comes after a Supreme Court...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    January 8, 2021

Cuomo promises consequences

(JTA) - After an Orthodox-owned health clinic appeared to be administering COVID-19 vaccines to members of the public contrary to state guidelines, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the investigation...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    December 11, 2020

Supreme Court strikes down New York's COVID restrictions on synagogues

(JTA) — The Supreme Court blocked government restrictions on houses of worship imposed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in a late-night ruling Wednesday. Deciding two cases at once — one brought by Agudath Israel, an umbrella organization...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    December 11, 2020

The pandemic is making visible how important religious liberty is to Orthodox Jews in America

(JTA) - In the more than 30 years that Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel has worked at Agudath Israel, an umbrella organization and advocacy group representing haredi Orthodox Jews, he can't remember a...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    November 27, 2020

Orthodox group asks Supreme Court, with its new conservative majority, to block restrictions on synagogues

(JTA) — After several challenges to pandemic-induced restrictions on houses of worship citing religious liberty, an Orthodox Jewish advocacy group is taking its case to the U.S. Supreme Court in the hopes that the new conservative majority will...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    November 27, 2020

Jewish day schools and yeshivas remain open in NYC

(JTA) — Jewish schools and other private schools in New York City will remain open even as the city shutters its public school buildings starting Thursday amid a rise in new COVID-19 cases in the city. City officials decided this summer to shift...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    November 27, 2020

Their annual gathering impossible, Chabad rabbis convene on Zoom - for days and days

(JTA) — At the end of the annual conference of Chabad emissaries from around the world, they typically take a giant group photograph in front of the movement’s headquarters in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights. But this year, no camera at the Kinus Hash...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    November 13, 2020

The Jewish Faucis: Orthodox doctors battle COVID and disinformation in Orthodox communities

(JTA) - The doctor burst into public view in the pandemic's early days, vaulting from behind the scenes to the front lines of a crisis bringing his community to its knees. Community members hung on...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    November 6, 2020

Some Orthodox areas of NY see COVID rules relaxed, but not Brooklyn

(JTA) — Some Orthodox neighborhoods classified as “red zones” by the state of New York due to their high COVID-19 test positivity rates in recent weeks will soon be allowed to reopen schools and nonessential businesses. But the areas of...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    October 16, 2020

Orthodox Jews burn masks in protest against New York's new COVID rules

(JTA) — Protests by Orthodox Jews against New York’s crackdown on gatherings in their neighborhoods turned tense and at times violent Tuesday night as throngs of young men demonstrated in the streets of Borough Park. The late-night protest in a...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    October 16, 2020

NY governor imposes new rules on houses of worship, schools and essential businesses

(JTA) – It won’t just be schools that close in areas of New York City with many COVID-19 cases. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced new restrictions on houses of worship, with services in some parts of the state capped at just 10 people....

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    October 16, 2020

NY Hasidic enclave to be shuttered

(JTA) — The county health commissioner in upstate New York’s Orange County issued an order Monday closing schools serving students from Kiryas Joel, a community made up of mostly Satmar Hasidic Jews. The village has the highest COVID positivity...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    October 9, 2020

COVID closures in New York

(JTA) – One New York City private Jewish high school shut down Monday after two students in 11th grade and two students in 12th grade tested positive. Several students in the younger grades exhibited symptoms. In a boys’ yeshiva high school in...

 

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