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Yehuda Meshi Zahav, chairman of Israel's ZAKA rescue unit outside sitting shivah for his mother in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem, Jan. 19, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Yehuda Meshi Zahav’s crucial COVID message to fellow haredim

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The triple tragedy that struck the family of one of Israel’s most righteous Jews in the course of a single month is garnering nationwide attention and sympathy. That COVID-19 caused the deaths of Yehuda...
An Israeli student receives a Covid-19 vaccine Tel Aviv, on January 23, 2021 when Israel approved vaccination of 11th and 12th graders. Photo by Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90.

Israel surpasses 1 million fully vaccinated with both doses

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Israel surpassed the one million mark in the number of people who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. As of Monday morning, 1,106, 506 people had received the two doses, representing 12.45...
A lone traveler at the almost empty Ben-Gurion International Airport on January 24, 2021. Photo by Flash90.

Israel approves week-long shutdown of Ben-Gurion Airport

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The Israeli government on Monday approved a Cabinet decision to close Israel’s skies to all arrivals for a week, with the aim of keeping out dangerous mutations of the COVID-19 virus and safeguarding the country’s...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Israel Katz, formerly transportation minister, at the opening ceremony of the Ramon Airport near Eilat on Jan. 21, 2019. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Netanyahu, Katz unveil comprehensive economic stimulus plan

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Israel Katz on Sunday unveiled a new stimulus plan seeking to combat the adverse economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The government has already implemented several bailout...

COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Patients

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Last updated Jan. 22, 2021. We have begun vaccinating UC San Diego Health patients ages 65 and over. We will contact you via MyUCSDChart or telephone when we are ready to schedule your vaccination. Please see details...
A new guide offers best practices and new ideas to celebrate bar and bat mitzvahs. Credit: Moving Traditions.

Ideas to celebrate bar/bat mitzvahs during continued COVID restrictions

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to keep Jewish services and life-cycle events smaller in size, many Jewish families are grappling with letting go of long-held expectations about the bar or bat mitzvah celebration they...
Israeli health care workers administer coronavirus tests at a drive-through facility in Lod on Jan. 18, 2021. Photo by Yossi Aloni/Flash90.

Israel’s COVID-19 R-number drops below one, indicating infections may be slowing

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Israel’s COVID-19 transmission rate—also known as the reproduction or R-number—has fallen below one for the first time since October, Israeli media reported on Thursday. The reports cited Israel’s Military Intelligence Directorate as saying that the...
A worker from the education field receives a COIVID-19 vaccine injection at a Maccabi vaccination center in Modi'in on Jan. 12, 2021. Photo by Yossi Aloni/Flash90.

Israeli virus experts: ‘We may need vaccine updates every year or two’

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In the coming years, pharmaceutical corporations will likely need to launch updated versions of their coronavirus vaccines every year or two years, though this task should not present any special challenges for them, leading...
Police at a temporary roadblock outside Jerusalem on Jan.19, 2021, during Israel's third nationwide lockdown. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90.

Israel extends lockdown until Jan. 31 amid rising COVID-19 infection

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The Israeli Cabinet voted on Tuesday to extend the country’s current coronavirus lockdown for an additional 10 days, until Jan. 31, and impose tighter restrictions on travelers entering the country, the Prime Minister’s Office...
Jewish prayer. Credit: Pixabay.

OU, Rabbinical Council join call for day of prayer amid ongoing pandemic

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage throughout the world and within Jewish communities—and especially in light of the new virus variants discovered in the United Kingdom and South Africa—public-health guidance dictates continued mask-wearing...