Thursday, July 09, 2020


Updated Every Minute, 17-Year-Old Whiz Kid’s Coronavirus Site Used by Millions

A Jewish teenager from the Seattle area has built a website that is keeping the world updated on the COVID-19 pandemic as it spreads. The website,, has been visited by 12 million people since it launched in late December.

Computer whiz Avi Schiffmann, 17,

Israel Helps Palestinians Prevent Coronavirus; Arabs Betray Them

Palestinians in Lebanon are worried that the Lebanese authorities may use the coronavirus as an excuse to intensify restrictions even further on their refugee camps, after Samir Geagea, a prominent Lebanese politician, called for the immediate closure of the 12 Palestinian refugee camps in his country.

Peace of Mind: Woman Who Survived Coronavirus Shares Her Story

While the rest of the world is trying to make sense of the terrifying pandemic that is COVID-19, a 37-year-old woman from Seattle who survived the illness is telling her story.

Elizabeth Schneider hopes her story, which she documented in a Facebook post, will bring peace of mind to others.

Sound and Simple Advice for the COVID-19 Era

A trusted friend shared the following list of eight suggestions with me yesterday, which she had just received from a level-headed, sensible friend. I share these recommendations here because they seem both reasonable and practical.

I welcome either of these friends to chime in if they have any

Coronavirus Kaddish Program Helps Homebound Mourners

(Courtesy of To facilitate the saying of mourners’ Kaddish on behalf of those who cannot do so in synagogue as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions placed upon them by local authorities or their doctors, has launched an online page to ensure that the mourner’s Kaddish will be said in

OHEL Is Here for You and With You During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tips and guidelines on staying calm; telephone counseling available.

(Courtesy of OHEL) OHEL remains deeply committed to serving the needs of our community, especially at these unprecedented and challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic.  


Forming Bonds That Defy Quarantine

It was almost midnight last Tuesday when an idea came to Rebecca Mischel, the rebbetzin of Suburban Torah in Livingston. She sent a quick message to an informal WhatsApp group, composed of over 75 women of all ages from the shul’s community. “I keep thinking about all the families quarantined in New Rochelle…how can we show

Communities Gather to Remember the Victims of Pittsburgh

As millions of people world-wide reacted to the slaughter of 11 innocent Jews in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania last Shabbat, many of the local shuls in both Westchester and Riverdale spontaneously arranged community gatherings, memorial services and mass Tehillim recitations as a memorial tribute to those who died and

Grappling With Pittsburgh

After a gut-wrenching week of tears and grief, Shabbat finally approaches. It is difficult to imagine the sorrow and agony flooding the hearts of the Jewish community of Pittsburgh and particularly those who attend the Tree of Life Congregation. Jews across the globe continue to process last week’s trauma and the grotesque images

Reimagining a Dream: The White Plains/Scarsdale Eruv Expansion

With the expansion of the eruv in White Plains, the three eruv sectors of White Plains and Scarsdale are now joined, allowing for many more houses and apartments to be included within its borders. Rabbi Chaim Marder, rabbi at the Hebrew Institute of White Plains, said there

Rabbis Berman and Miller to Deliver Concurrent Hausman/Stern Kinus Teshuva Lectures

Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, Yeshiva University’s fifth president, and Rabbi Dovid Miller, rosh yeshiva at YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, will be the featured speakers at the 33rd Annual Hausman/Stern Kinus Teshuva Lectures. The

RCA Convention Focuses on Meeting the Future Where It’s At

During two stimulating days at the Stamford Crowne Plaza, members of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) caught up with old friends, recognized valued contributors to Jewish life, installed a new slate of officers to lead the organization for the next two years and studied Torah together.

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