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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Quarantine Nation: Dispatches from the Jewish Journal

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As the coronavirus continues to spread, we are learning on the fly how to best adapt our Jewish practices in the time of COVID-19. Throughout these pages you’ll see how both the West and East coasts are grappling with the unique challenges we face and how they continue to change — day-to-day, moment-to-moment.

Here, in Los Angeles, after Mayor Eric Garcetti’s March 15 announcement, all bars, entertainment venues, nightclubs and gyms have been shut down until March 31. Restaurants can offer only takeout and delivery service; all dining-in has been halted. By the time the Journal goes to press, new restrictions may already be in place.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered all those 65 and older and those with compromised immune systems to self-quarantine. Schools are closed, businesses are suffering, supermarket shopping has become a blood sport and cabin fever has already set in.

Our reporter Leslee Komaiko writes about being stuck at home with her children indefinitely. Dan Messinger, who owns Bibi’s Bakery & Cafe, writes about how his and other businesses are being affected.

Synagogues are rethinking how to stay connected in a virtual world, and under the banner “Jew it at Home,” Clergy at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, Temple Isaiah, Temple Israel of Hollywood, University Synagogue, Temple Akiba of Culver City and Congregation Ner Tamid of Henderson, Nev., have curated a compilation of Jewish resources, media and materials for adults and children to help ease the required social distancing.

“Social distancing,” they note, “does not mean social isolation.” Check out their resources here.

Here at the Journal, our motto of “Connect. Inform. Inspire” has never been more relevant. We want to hear from you and share your stories. Email us your stories, tips, hacks and photos of how you’re adapting during this period to [email protected] or tweet us at @JewishJournal.

Stay safe. Stay kind.

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