Tuesday, August 4, 2020



Benny Gantz Enters Quarantine as Israel Hits Highest Total of Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in 24 Hours

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel recorded more than 1,300 new cases of the coronavirus in 24 hours ending on Wednesday morning, its highest total since...

We Have an Unemployment Crisis. Now What?

Twenty-one million people remain unemployed and are looking for work.

I’ve Applied to Over 100 Jobs With No Offers. This is What I Learned

At precisely 9:25 every morning, I go through a daily ritual. I open my Gmail and scan my inbox for a promising subject line. My...

The Jewish – And Black Lives Matter – Case for Medicare for All

Our current lack of a national health plan puts persons of color and low-income people at particular risk.

Jewish Camp Delays Start Date After Counselor Tests Positive for Coronavirus

“This staff member had zero signs of being sick."

Netanyahu: ‘Very Strong’ COVID-19 Resurgence Is an ‘Emergency Situation’

Israel’s coronavirus death toll hits 330, with 804 new cases in the past 24 hours.

The Needs of Jews in Eastern Europe in the Age of COVID-19

The pandemic has emphasized the value of communal life.

Could This Mediterranean Takeout Brand Named for an Arabic Israeli TV Show Be the Restaurant of the Future?

The menu in some ways is an homage to the restaurant’s television namesake.

Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles Gives $8.5 Million to Nonprofits for COVID-19 Relief

The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles (The Foundation) announced on July 2 that the rest of its 2020 institutional grantmaking will go to...

Newsom Announces Indoor Operations in Restaurants, Other Businesses Will Be Shut Down in L.A. and Other Counties

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, announced on July 1 that indoor operations in restaurants and other businesses will be shut down for at...

L.A. Sheriff Says He Won’t Enforce July Fourth Beach Closures

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said in a June 29 statement that his department won’t enforce the county’s decision to close beaches during...

L.A. County Beaches Closed for Fourth of July as County Surpasses 100,000 COVID-19 Cases

Los Angeles County beaches will be closed for the Fourth of July weekend as the total number of COVID-19 cases surged past 100,00. Fox 11...

Senators Propose Bilateral Program With Israel to Combat COVID-19

Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) discussed their legislative effort to establish a joint partnership with Israel against COVID-19 during the American...

Los Angeles Orthodox Jewish Teens Create 50 Care Packages for Nurses Fighting COVID-19

"Receiving all these generous donations from businesses and families remind us, too, that they are rooting for us, and we are all in this together.”

‘Parenting in a Pandemic’ Booklet Offers Insights on How to Help Teens During COVID-19

The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) has released a free 36-page booklet with teachings from mental health professionals who work with adolescents.

Sacha Baron Cohen Pranks Far-Right Rally Into Singing About Soros, Obama and Fauci

“Baron Cohen has used humor and satire to expose people’s inherent biases by depicting racists, anti-Semites, neo-Nazis, Islamophobes and others as deeply flawed."

COVID-19 Lockdown Is Taking Elderly Jews in the USSR’s Will to Live

“The worst loss this virus and quarantine has brought for me is isolation.”

New York Federal Judge Blocks COVID Restrictions on Prayer, Religious Gatherings

The judge made clear, however, that parishioners will still need to observe social-distancing regulations.

It’s OK to Audit Life — for Now

If you can’t jump in with both feet yet, that’s OK.

Israel, UAE Announce Collaboration Against COVID-19

Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced on June 25 that the two countries are collaborating to combat COVID-19. The Jerusalem Post and Times...

As Anxiety Deepens, Is There Room for Optimism?

We are going through a strange moment. After months of hibernation, we’re taking baby steps to reclaiming our lives. Even if we have to wear...

NYC’s Museum of Jewish Heritage Laying off 40% of Staff Due to Financial Crisis Caused by Coronavirus

(JTA) — The Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York is laying off about 40 percent of its staff in order to weather the...

Netanyahu Fumes Over Coronavirus Cabinet Meeting Leaks

The prime minister called for an investigation into the leak.

Chabad Headquarters Reopens, Celebrates With Unmasked Crowds

It closed with dancing and it reopened with dancing.

The Covid NineTEEN Project: How Two Teens Created Free Activities for Elementary Students

Over the summer, classes are offered seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Israeli Government Research Institute Says Tests of Its COVID-19 Vaccine Have Worked on Hamsters

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Researchers at an Israeli government center say that tests of a coronavirus vaccine have been successful on hamsters and the vaccine could...

Amid the Pandemic, Jewish Day Schools Survive (And Even Thrive)

“Jewish day schools have worked incredibly hard, and as a result, we have been world leaders in providing a virtual education in this period.”

Palestinian Authority Places 2 West Bank Cities on Lockdown Over Rise in COVID-19

More than 100 Palestinians in the West Bank tested positive for the coronavirus in 24 hours.

As Zoom Fatigue Sets In, Religious Leaders and Congregants Look to Post-COVID Prayer

Some question whether worshippers will be running to synagogue doors once they open.

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Niall Horan, the 1975 and More British Pop Stars Condemn Anti-Semitism After Rapper Wiley’s Tweets

"All forms of racism have the same roots — ignorance, lack of education and scapegoating.”

Special Envoy Elan Carr Discusses How to Fight Rising Anti-Semitism in AJC Webinar

He said the best way to fight it is to teach others about the Jewish community's positive contributions to humanity.

Jewish Agency Chair Says Seth Rogen Apologized for Israel Comments, Rogen Denies Apologizing

Rogen also claims that he never gave Herzog permission to publicize the conversation.

Israeli Army Says It Thwarted Attack on Syrian Border by Infiltrators Who Planted Explosives

A spokesperson for the army said the Syrian regime was responsible.