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Pandemic

Hi JITC- Does Orthodox Jewish law recommend the COVID vaccine? -Sruly Dear Sruly- This is an important topic and we absolutely should discuss it but I know what comes with this territory: hate comments.  I get it; there are those who oppose vaccinations. The rest of us know what you […]
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While this year of the world battling Covid-19 has kept many people in their homes, some people have questioned where they want their home to be. On Yom Ha’Atzmaut, we celebrate aliyah stories, and this year, the challenges posed by the pandemic made making the leap to a life in […]
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Dear JITC- I just saw my parents after 13 months since Covid started, since they have now been vaccinated. I remember there being a blessing over seeing someone you are close to after not seeing them for a year. Can you tell me about this? Thank you, Annie Dear Annie- […]
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Alexi Minko’s bar, the Alibi Lounge, is the first black and gay-owned business in Harlem, for which he has had to make creative and painful choices to keep afloat during the pandemic. To renew his lease, he must now come up with $15,000 by the end of the month. Minko’s […]
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Alexi Minko’s bar, the Alibi Lounge, is the first black and gay-owned business in Harlem, for which he has had to make creative and painful choices to keep afloat during the pandemic. To renew his lease, he must now come up with $15,000 by the end of the month. Minko’s […]
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What began as Asher Rosenfeld’s bar mitzvah project has turned into a charity boasting a big impact. Inspired by his coming-of-age and wanting to incorporate community service into his celebration, Rosenfeld decided to create an opportunity for special needs children. The New York 7th grader began a project called “Audibles […]
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While many industries, including the hospitality industry, have suffered because of the pandemic, kosher restaurants in the U.S. seem to be the exception to this rule. While one out of six U.S. restaurants had closed as of the end of 2020, and several well-known kosher establishments (including Abigael’s, Wolf & […]
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The first Emergency department nurse to treat a Covid patient at NYU Langone Long Island was also one of the first to get the vaccine: Orthodox Jewish wife, mother and RN, Rachel Travis. Growing up in a religious home in Far Rockaway, Travis received “a great education. [Yeshiva] was a […]
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Growing up in a religious home in Far Rockaway, Rachel Travis received “a great education. [Yeshiva] was a great primer for morality, for ethics, for what it means to be a bastion in the universe and always remember my faith.” Travis worked in finance and then ultimately got a degree […]
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Marvin Schick, Advocate for the Orthodox Community, Dies at 85 Marvin Schick, a pioneering advocate for the rights of Orthodox Jews to maintain their religious practices in the places they worked, died on April 23 at his home in Brooklyn. He grew up in an America where Orthodox Jews often […]
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