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Shira Hanau, JTA

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In Brooklyn’s Hipster Williamsburg Neighborhood, Hasidic Jews are the Real Counterculture

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In their new book, “A Fortress in Brooklyn: Race, Real Estate, and the Making of Hasidic Williamsburg” (Yale University Press), Nathaniel Deutsch and Michael Casper unpack the history of Jewish Williamsburg and the collision of its pious Jewish community with the forces of commerce and urban development.

New Pew Study shows 75% of Orthodox Jews Identify as Republicans

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Percentage is up from 57% in 2013.

What Jewish Summer Camp Will Look Like This Year

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Camps in the United States are opening again with a combination of testing and vaccinations, along with a better understanding of how COVID-19 spreads.

Synagogues are Not Rushing to Reopen, Even as Vaccines are Making Gatherings Safe

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Zoom services have proven to be a meaningful way of connecting as a congregation.

COVID-Fatigued Communities Prepare for a Distanced Purim

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In 2020, Purim began on the evening of March 9, just before the country shut down to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Abraham Twerski, Famed Rabbi and Psychiatrist, Dies at Age 90

Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski, the scion of multiple Hasidic dynasties, author of more than 60 books, and a physician who became a leading authority on drug treatment and addiction, has died.

FBI Raids Home of Orthodox Man in Capitol Mob

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Aaron Mostofsky, an Orthodox Jewish man who participated in the Capitol mob last week wearing fur pelts and a bulletproof vest, was arrested by the FBI at his home in Brooklyn Tuesday morning.

New Statistics on Haredi COVID-19 Deaths in Israel

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In Israel, as in the United States, haredi Orthodox communities have been hard hit by the coronavirus.

Anxious Jewish Voters Turn to an Old Standby: Prayer

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(JTA) — When Rabbi David Seidenberg wrote a prayer for the presidential election in 2004, he wanted it to be usable by people on both...

For Orthodox Jews, Election Day Caps a Season of Unprecedented Partisan Activity

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(JTA) — Rayne Lunger had known for some time that many in her community supported Donald Trump for president. But it was just in...

The Jewish Faucis: Orthodox Doctors Battle COVID — and Disinformation — in Orthodox Communities

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Orthodox doctors living in Orthodox communities have served in a number of new roles over the course of the past six months — providing medical guidance to COVID patients far beyond the confines of their day jobs, advising on quarantine procedures and shaping policies for camps and schools to reopen.

At a Long Island ‘Jews for Trump’ Rally, Orthodox Jewry’s Political Contradictions Take Center...

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(JTA) — When Jacob Reich heard that Orthodox Jews would be staging a rally near his home to support President Donald Trump this weekend,...

Mob of Orthodox Protesters in Brooklyn Corners a Journalist Accused of Informing on His...

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Jacob Kornbluh, a Chasidic Jew and a political reporter at Jewish Insider, said in a tweet that he was “brutally assaulted."

NY Governor Imposes New Rules on Houses of Worship, Schools and Essential Businesses

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"This is about mass gatherings and one of the prime places of mass gatherings are houses of worship,” Cuomo said.

Schools in Kiryas Joel, Upstate NY Hasidic Enclave, to Be Shuttered Amid 27.6% COVID...

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The community has been experiencing a major outbreak of COVID-19 for weeks.

New York Governor Moves to Close Yeshivas – and Possibly Synagogues

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(JTA) – In the latest tug of war over how to handle rising COVID-19 cases in New York City, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo...

Major Satmar Hasidic Leader Critically Ill With COVID-19

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Rispler has long been one of the community’s most important leaders and a major donor to Satmar institutions.

NYC Health Department Warns of ‘Significant Concern’ About COVID-19 Rise in Largely Orthodox Neighborhoods

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(JTA) – Six heavily Orthodox neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens are currently contributing 20% of all new COVID-19 cases in New York City, and...

A Tale of Two High Holy Days: Why Orthodox Jews Are Going to Synagogue...

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(JTA) – At the Jewish Center on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, this year’s High Holy Days will be anything but normal. With eight services happening...

With Synagogues off-Limits for the High Holy Days, Attention Is Turning to Jewish Practice...

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To some, the shift in focus from synagogues to homes as the center of Jewish life is a healthy recalibration for a culture in which synagogues had become too central. 

Meet the Iranian-Jewish ‘Progressive Prosecutor’ Vying to be Manhattan’s next District Attorney

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Farhadian Weinstein, 44, stepped into the city’s crowded district attorney’s race last week with a vision for “progressive prosecution.”

New York City’s Flagship JCC Cuts 35% of Jobs as Pandemic Layoffs Continue

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“They are vital to the core mission of the JCC,”

Chabad Headquarters Reopens, Celebrates With Unmasked Crowds

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It closed with dancing and it reopened with dancing.

NYC Playgrounds Will Open Next Week, Ending Protests by Orthodox Jews

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It follows contentious lobbying from Orthodox lawmakers.

‘Let Him Drive the Kids Home’: Orthodox Lawmakers Urge Sleepaway Camps to Open Despite...

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"A serious case has been made that sleepaway camps could potentially be safer than day camps.”

Orthodox Children Are Protesting for New York Summer Camps to Open

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Protesters have been a daily sight in Brooklyn over the last few weeks. But the protesters blocking traffic Thursday on the streets of the...

UJA-Federation of New York Announces 54 Layoffs as CEO Forgoes Pay

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Its CEO, Eric Goldstein, will forgo a salary for the coming year.

For Orthodox Jews, George Floyd Protests Stir Complicated Feelings

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"People are just concerned about safety and everyone wants to feel that they’re safe and that their stores are safe, their communities are safe.”
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