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Israeli Defense Minister Bennett forbids Passover seders with grandparents

Emphasizing the heightened danger to the elderly from coronavirus infection, Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett urged Jews around the world not to welcome grandparents to their homes for Passover seder.

Bennett’s stern decree was promoted in a video greeting released today, Monday, March 30. Despite the tradition of gathering all...
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Orleans, Jefferson Parish have two highest COVID-19 death rates in nation

As the United States overtook China and Italy today for the first time in the numbers of positive cases of COVID-19, the City of New Orleans (Orleans Parish) and Jefferson Parish also set gruesome numbers of their own as authorities acknowledged the two lead all other counties in the nation...
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UPDATE: Coronavirus numbers still on rise; statewide death toll stands at 83

By ALAN SMASON

With yesterday’s declaration of Louisiana as a “Coronavirus Disaster Area,” the nation’s attention is finally being drawn to Louisiana as numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to rise throughout the state. As of today, March 26, Louisiana has 2,305 confirmed cases or 510 new cases, which according...
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UPDATE: President Trump declares LA. ‘coronavirus disaster’; death toll rises to 65

By ALAN SMASON

President Donald Trump declared Louisiana a “coronavirus disaster” on Wednesday, clearing the way for federal assistance to fight the rampant outbreak here. That was in response to a plea yesterday from Governor Jon Bel Edwards, who claimed that statistics show the state as having  the worst rate...
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LA.’s rate of confirmed COVID-19 disease is world’s worst; death toll at 46

By ALAN SMASON

Bemoaning the medical plight in his state due to rampant infection rates of coronavirus that have claimed 46 lives so far, Governor John Bel Edwards asked President Donald Trump to declare Louisiana a federal disaster area on Tuesday afternoon, March 24, in a move that could grant...
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Israel is going through a constitutional crisis

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Besides the coronavirus epidemic, Israel has another crisis on its hands. It’s inside the government and only tangentially related to COVID-19.

Here’s the short version: After Israel’s latest election earlier this month — its third in a year — Benny Gantz and his center-left coalition...
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NYTF family Yiddish event tonight at 6 p.m.

Following a delightful half-hour broadcast of Yiddish love duets by Lynn Mason and Drew Seigla, the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbeine (NYTF) continues its free live stream broadcasting to entertain those sheltering in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. The free live streams feature their stable of Yiddish actors and singers and...
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NYTF offers Yiddish live stream today at 1 p.m.; family event tomorrow night at 6 p.m.

For those who are shuttered in place and looking for something to do that has a connection to the worldwide Jewish community, consider the live stream of a Yiddish concert today, Monday, March 23 at 1:00 p.m. CDT. 

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbeine (NYTF) is presenting two of the stars...
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‘I’m mentally preparing for a few months’: Meet an Israeli doctor on the coronavirus front lines

(JTA) — When it became clear that the COVID-19 pandemic would reach Israel, Elli Rosenberg was one of a small number of medical professionals at the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheva to answer a call for volunteers to treat the sick.

Rosenberg, a clinical immunologist who works as an internist...
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‘We’re not scared’: Some haredi Orthodox Jews in Israel are ignoring coronavirus social distancing rules

By SAM SOKOL

BEIT SHEMESH, Israel (JTA) — “Do you want trouble?” the Hasidic man asked, leaning toward me intimidatingly.

“Are you threatening me?” I asked, turning to look at the lean man in a flat black hat and long caftan.

“No. But if you stay here, everyone will come...
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