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Jews make up 5% of coronavirus deaths in the UK. They are just 0.3% of the population.

(JTA) — Nearly 5% of all coronavirus-related deaths in the United Kingdom are of Jewish people, who make up just 0.3% of the country’s population, The Jewish News of London reported.

According to the paper’s report Thursday, at least 22 Jewish families have lost loved ones to the disease, which...
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For Italian Jews, the ‘smell of death’ is all around

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — At least twice a day, Micol Naccache breaks down in tears over what the coronavirus is doing to her city of Milan and its Jewish community.

A high school teacher and mother of two, Naccache describes herself as “an optimistic person.” But she is struggling...
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In Memorium: COVID-19 victims listed

At a time when Jewish mourning practices are nearly impossible to observe, the CCJN and JTA are creating space to mourn Jews who have been lost to the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 disease.

OBIE-Award winning film (“Desperately Seeking Susan”) and stage actor Mark Blum died today, March 26.

Maurice Berger,...
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Last surviving German recognized by Yad Vashem as righteous gentile for Holocaust heroism dies

(JTA) — The last surviving German recognized as a righteous gentile for saving Jews during the Holocaust died on Monday.

Gertrud Steinl, who was recognized by Yad Vashem in 1979 as a Righteous Among the Nations, died a day before her 98th birthday.

Steinl’s death was confirmed to the German news...
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In Paris, a pillar of Jewish education dies from the coronavirus

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — Andre Touboul, a rabbi affiliated with the Chabad-Lubavitch movement who led one of France’s most prestigious high schools, has died of the coronavirus in Paris. He was 64.

Touboul led Beth Hanna, a Jewish institution of some 1,500 students whose high school was ranked the...
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Preliminary results revealed for US voting in World Zionist Congress election

WASHINGTON – The seven-week U.S. election for the World Zionist Congress garnered a record-breaking number of  more than 123,000 votes. That is more than double the turnout in 2015 – the last such election – and the highest number of votes since elections were first held for the entire American...
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Former leader of Milan Jewish community dies of coronavirus

(JTA) — Michele Sciama, a former secretary-general of the Jewish Community of Milan — the city’s local Jewish communal life organization — has died of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

Sciama, known to his friends and family as Micky, was 79 when he died Monday morning. He is survived by his wife,...
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We’re tracking the impact of the coronavirus on the Jewish world. Here’s what we know.

NEW YORK (JTA) — Like the rest of the world, the Jewish world is reeling as the novel coronavirus spreads. We’ll be tracking the latest developments here.

Have an idea or question? Reports of coronavirus in your community? Send us an email.

A cluster of cases involves New York Jews....
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Spanish town says it was told crematoria carnival float was Holocaust commemoration

By CNAAN LIPSHIZ

(JTA) — Answering criticism of a float that depicted Holocaust victims dancing with Nazis alongside crematoria, the Spanish town that hosted the parade said the display was allowed only because its creators had described it as a form of commemoration.

The municipality of Campo de Criptana offered...
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Carnival float in Spain features Nazi uniforms and trains with crematoria

(JTA) — At a carnival procession in Spain, participants dressed like Nazis and Jewish concentration camp prisoners while dancing next to a float evoking crematoria.

The Israeli Embassy in Madrid on Tuesday protested the display this weekend at the annual carnival procession in Campo de Criptana, a town situated about...
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