Harvard University announced Monday it will reopen with fewer than half of its undergraduates on campus, the latest sign of the extraordinary constraints that colleges face across the country as they map out plans for the fall term in the shadow of a deadly pandemic. No more than 40 percent of Harvard’s undergrads will live at the Ivy League campus in Cambridge, Mass., when the school year begins. Most of them will be first-year students, given priority access to help them acclimate to college life despite the unprecedented disruptions of the novel coronavirus. All undergraduate courses will be taught remotely, the university said, no matter where the students are living. Last March, most students at Harvard and elsewhere were forced to evacuate their dormitories and finish the spr...
The Israeli government on Monday approved a series of measures aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19, following a heated emergency session of the “coronavirus Cabinet,” the Knesset committee tasked with overseeing the country’s response to the pandemic. Israel is currently experiencing a “second wave” of coronavirus infections, with the total number of confirmed cases exceeding 30,000 on Monday, according to Health Ministry data. Among the measures approved were the closure until further notice of all event halls, bars (including those in hotels), clubs, gyms and public pools; the cancellation of summer camps for kids in fifth grade and above; and limiting shuls and other houses of worship to a maximum of 19 congregants. Only 20 passengers at a time wil...
Israel’s Chief Rabbinate has threatened to halt the ordainment of new rabbis if the country’s High Court of Justice forces it to grant rabbinical training to women. The rabbinate’s statement last week followed a petition by women scholars seeking to be ordained as rabbis. In response to the petition, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit said that the state was in favor of the move, but that “the current circumstances, in which the Chief Rabbinate handles the [ordainment] process, place legal hurdles” in the way. The state, he said, will work to establish an alternative set of rabbinical exams that will be open to women. The rabbinate, however, rejected the idea outright, saying there is “no place” for female rabbis in Judaism. “Jewish law ...
Palestinian frustration and anger with the Arab world for its general indifference to Israel’s plan to extend sovereignty to parts of Judea and Samaria are growing, Palestinian Media Watch reported on Friday. According to the report, the Palestinian Authority had expected solid backing from the Islamic world after P.A. leader Mahmoud Abbas announced that the P.A. had absolved itself of all agreements with Israel, due to Jerusalem’s plan to apply Israeli civil law to the Jordan Valley and Jewish communities in the West Bank. But sufficient Arab backing is not coming, the report says. The Palestinian leadership expected more, however. In a call to the Islamic nation exposed by PMW, the P.A. is pressing for “jihad”– holy war against the Jewish state. In a fill...
MIAMI (WSVN) - Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced he will be signing an emergency order issuing more closures across the county. The mayor announced he will be signing an order closing restaurant dining rooms, ballrooms, banquet facilities, party venues, gyms and fitness centers, and short-term rentals. Restaurants will still be allowed to operate for takeout and delivery services. The closures will go into effect Wednesday. Read more at WSVN
Controversy erupted over the weekend after a Kansas newspaper posted a cartoon comparing an order to wear masks due to the coronavirus pandemic to the deportation of Jews to the Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust. The weekly Anderson County Review, whose publisher Dane Hicks is a Republican county chairman, posted the cartoon on Friday on its Facebook page. It shows Democratic Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, who issued the order to wear masks last week, wearing a mask emblazoned with a Star of David. Behind her is an image of Jews being loaded on to trains bound for a concentration camp. The caption to the cartoon reads, “Lockdown Laura says: Put on your mask…and step onto the cattle car.” Rabbi Moti Rieber, executive director of Kansas Interfaith Action, said the H...
Statewide Positivity Rate Drops to New Low of 4.51%, Daily Positivity Rate Is 3.36% Total Current Hospitalizations Fall to 403, Including 142 ICU Beds In Use Lowest Number of New Deaths Since March 31 Baltimore County Hits 10% Testing Goal, More Than 220 Testing Sites Available Statewide Positivity Rate 58% Higher Among Marylanders Under 35 ANNAPOLIS, MD—Maryland’s key COVID-19 health metrics continue to trend in a positive direction, with the statewide positivity rate dropping to a new low of 4.51%, and total current hospitalizations falling to 403. The state reported three new confirmed deaths, the lowest number since March 31. “As we continue to see encouraging trends in all of our key health metrics, widespread testing across each of Maryland’s ...
Baltimore, MD - July 6, 2020 - Verizon’s attempts to place cell towers in the Baltimore Jewish community has touched off a storm of protest.  Some of these towers have already been installed, while others are on the way.  This is part of Verizon’s 5G rollout that promises to bring better live streaming of TV and movies, enable driverless cars and improve cell phone reception.   AT&T as well as a smaller company named Crown Castle are also installing 5G cell towers in Baltimore City.  Much of the recent concern about Verizon’s cell towers is focused on three of the planned towers for the Jewish community.  The proposed locations are: 3300 Pinkney Road, 5991 Western Run Drive, and 2509 Wetherburn Road.  Comments were due to the city...
The global coronavirus pandemic killed more people than those inflicted with COVID-19, because those sick of other ailments were “so scared” they avoided healthcare and ultimately died without treatment, according to Dr. Mehmet Oz. “For March, April and May we have 122,000 more deaths then typical [in the United States],” Dr. Oz told host John Catsimatidis on Sunday’s “The Cats Roundtable” on WABC 770 AM, adding, “a lot of these deaths were not people who had COVID-19 necessarily, but they died because of the pandemic. “There are secondary effects, changes in population behavior, when you lock down a country. And when people are so scared that they have an aversion to the healthcare system, then they won’t go to the hospital whe...
More than 200 scientists from more than 30 countries are urging the World Health Organization to take more seriously the possibility of the airborne spread of the novel coronavirus as case numbers rise around the world and surge in the United States. In a forthcoming paper titled “It is Time to Address Airborne Transmission of Covid-19,” 239 signatories attempt to raise awareness about what they say is growing evidence that the coronavirus, which causes the disease covid-19, can spread indoors through aerosols that linger in the air and can be infectious even in smaller quantities than previously thought. Until recently, most public health guidelines have focused on social distancing measures, regular hand-washing and precautions to avoid droplets. But the signatories to the ...
The US government is sending a “surge” supply of coronavirus drug remdesivir to areas that need it most, FDA commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn said Sunday, according to The New York Post. The Department of Health and Human Services will hand out the medication “to the areas that most need it”, Hahn was quoted as having told CNN’s “State of the Union”. “We have been in touch with the states and the localities to surge remdesivir to the areas that most need it,” he added. “And we are receiving that feedback and then shipping remdesivir, so that it’s available for people who need it.” Read more at Arutz Sheva.
The Memorial and Museum at Auschwitz-Birkenau, which maintains the remains of the death camp where a million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust, weighed in on the controversy over tearing down monuments to historical figures in the US and Europe. The tearing down of statues began in the US, mostly targeting Confederate figures, slave-owners, and racists. The calls quickly spread, however, to figures like Christopher Columbus and Thomas Jefferson. In the UK, a statue of Winston Churchill was vandalized. The Auschwitz museum’s statement came in response to a comment from US pollster and political commentator Frank Luntz who tweeted that, like Auschwitz, statues honoring figures like Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln should remain standing. “We can see a lot of ‘Auschwit...
The decision is a win for election officials who warned of chaos if presidential electors could go against the will of voters in their states. WASHINGTON — The 538 people who cast the actual votes for president in December as part of the Electoral College are not free agents and must vote as the laws of their states direct, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday. The unanimous decision in the "faithless elector" case was a defeat for advocates of changing the Electoral College, who hoped a win would force a shift in the method of electing presidents toward a nationwide popular vote. But it was a win for state election officials who feared that empowering rogue electors would cause chaos. The November general election is not actually a direct vote for the pr...
Baltimore, MD - July 5, 2020 - Four years ago, Israeli-born Anat Klotzman moved with her husband, Randy, and their youngest of three daughters to Delray Beach, Florida, after living in Baltimore for 30 years. Perhaps only now, the real reason behind their move is evident.  Last July, Anat was minding her own business at the outdoor pool in her development when she couldn’t help but overhear a distraught couple speaking about their son, whose kidney transplant donor disappointingly backed out. Fast forward…about a year ago to the day of that serendipitous encounter, Anat is recuperating in Baltimore, with the help of her daughter, Barak,  from selflessly donating her kidney to this couple’s son - Larry Motto, of New Jersey - a complete stranger, with whom she h...
U.S. equity markets were sharply higher Monday as traders returned from their extended holiday weekend to New York City reaching Phase 3 of its COVID-19 reopening and as Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathway put its cash pile to work. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 383 points, or 1.48 percent, in the opening minutes of trading while the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite were higher by 1.42 percent and 1.57 percent, respectively. The early gains had the Nasdaq on track for a 24th record-high close this year. Stocks posted modest gains on Thursday after the June jobs report showed the U.S. economy added more workers than expected, providing hope that an economic recovery could happen sooner than forecast. Beginning Monday, New Yor...
Baltimore, MD - July 5, 2020 - Join Project Community this summer for Baltimore girls’ block parties in your neighborhood! Starting this week, July 8, for girls ages 4-11. For more information and to register, visit pc20.org/blockparty OU Summer Programming for girls ages 4-11 and girls ages 14-18 For more information: reach out to Batsheva Schecter (443) 314- 0187 schecterb@ou.org. Click here to join the WhatsApp Group here to stay up to date. This summer, the OU will be holding block parties around and a teen program, offering programming around Baltimore to girls ages 4-11, and separate programming and volunteer opportunities for girls ages 14-18. Every week, there will be a “Block Party” in your neighborhood with a different activity tailored to our community&rs...
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) called on Baltimore officials to "regain control of their own streets" after protesters toppled a statue of Christopher Columbus in the city over the weekend. "While we welcome peaceful protests and constructive dialogue on whether and how to put certain monuments in context or move them to museums or storage through a legal process, lawlessness, vandalism and destruction of public property are completely unacceptable," Hogan said in a statement Sunday. "That is the antithesis of democracy and should be condemned by everyone, regardless of their politics. Baltimore City leaders need to regain control of their own streets and immediately start making them safer," Hogan added.
It was a rainy first of July in Berlin, and a protest was expected outside of the Reichstag, Germany’s historic house of parliament (Bundestag) with its famously post-war transparent dome above the parliament that tourists can alight for a view of the capital and of modern Germany’s democracy in action. For the handful of protesters on the wet stone near the neo-Baroque edifice, it was a day of shame for Germany democracy. An hour later, the “grand coalition” consisting of the Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU) and the Social Democrats (SDP), along with the Free Democrats (FdP) from the opposition, would vote on a non-binding resolution to condemn Israel over plans to extend sovereignty over Israeli-controlled areas in the West Bank/Judea a...
Toronto restaurant comes under fire asserting that "Zionists are Nazis". Its owner says she is not anti-Semitic. B’nai Brith Canada is calling on members of the Jewish community in Toronto to take action against a local establishment that has used anti-Semitic tropes and posted pro-terrorist content on social media. Foodbenders, located in the Bloordale neighbourhood of Toronto, has turned its ire toward the Jewish community, B’nai Brith Canada said in a statement on Sunday. On Instagram, the company has announced: “#zionistsnotwelcome” and has further alleged that “Zionists are Nazis.” Foodbenders also deploys classic anti-Semitic tropes, saying of a Canadian Jewish group: “These people control your media and elected officials.” On her...
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