Some Orthodox Jews bristle at NYC's response to virus surge
Amid a new surge of COVID-19 in New Yorks Orthodox Jewish communities, many residents are reviving health measures that some had abandoned over the summer social distancing, wearing masks. The officials say worst-hit zip codes overlap with large Orthodox Jewish communities in the city’s boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens and in a couple of nearby counties. Last week, Agudath Israel of America, an Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, worked with the Boro Park Jewish Community Council to distribute 400,000 masks. “The Jewish community feels they’re being singled out and there’s some element of ant-Semitism,” he said Monday. In 2018 and 2019, measles cases spread in Orthodox communities in New York as well as other regions.
Detroit’s Jewish community ‘condemns’ behavior, signage of ‘Operation Gridlock’ protestors
All rights reserved)DETROIT – The Jewish Community Relations Council of Detroit (AJC) has publicly condemned the behavior and signage of protestors that participated in “Operation Gridlock” on Wednesday. Thousands of Michigan residents swarmed the Lansing capitol to protest Michigan Gov. MORE: Thousands protest Michigan governor’s social distance orderPhotos and videos from the protest show individuals holding posters with swastikas, comparing Whitmer to Adolf Hitler. “Regardless of one’s political views, the use of such imagery and symbolism is inexcusable,” AJC said. “The Nazi imagery is particularly galling as it comes only days before Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), which begins on Monday night.”AJC is requesting the protest organizers to condemn the behavior, as well.