Covid-19

At Congregation Etz Hayim, it’s Zoom to the rescue

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  Like many synagogues, Congregation Etz Hayim in Arlington has shuttered its doors and halted all face-to-face gatherings. The last Shabbat the Conservative synagogue celebrated...

COVID-19 at Ohev Sholom aggravated by slow response, changing guidance

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  Correction: The statement that Ohev Sholom held Shabbat service on March 14 is incorrect and we have removed it from the story. At least four...

Jewish epidemiologist offers community recommendations that can save lives

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By Gary Slutkin I am an infectious disease epidemiologist who worked at the World Health Organization on epidemics in over 25 countries around the world. As...
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Jewish summer camps are already preparing for the coronavirus

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As swine flu swept through the United States in the late spring of 2009, Jewish summer camps took some drastic measures. One set up a...
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‘Out of an abundance of caution,’ Simcha and Celebrations Expo to be rescheduled

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Out of an abundance of caution due to the coronavirus situation, the organizers of this weekend’s 2020 Simcha and Celebrations Expo at the Bender...
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From ‘Spock’ greetings to chopstick Torah pointers, synagogues are rethinking practices amid the coronavirus...

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On a typical Friday, some 200 people show up for services at Temple De Hirsch Sinai, a Reform congregation in Seattle. But last week, there...

Coronavirus caution

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The coronavirus — or COVID-19 — is an equal-opportunity villain. The medical world doesn’t yet know how lethal the flu-like virus is, nor is...

Preventative measures against COVID-19

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With two confirmed cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (officially named COVID-19) now reported among the Jewish community in New York, there is confusion and...
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Local schools prepare for COVID-19, on top of coping with flu season

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It’s 9 a.m. on Monday at Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville, and school nurse Miriam Kotek already has four sick kids in her office. One...

Unambiguous communal response to xenophobia makes powerful statement

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Last week, the World Health Organization raised its global health assessment of spread and impact of COVID-19, or coronavirus, to its highest alert level....