Vaad Harabanim Of Bergen County Shuts Down Shuls, Yeshivos, Shabbos Guests, Levayos, Shiva

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BERGEN COUNTY, NJ (JTA) – The Rabbinical Council of Bergen County in New Jersey, in conjunction with local synagogues and day schools, just adopted sweeping regulations designed to stop the spread of the coronavirus locally.

All schools are closed and playdates between families are barred. Community members have been told to work from home. Synagogues will be closed and communal prayer services are not allowed in homes. Celebrations and visits to mourners are prohibited.

The regulations are outlined in a letter to community members that underscores just how significantly the coronavirus pandemic is changing Jewish communities.

“Please daven at home, individually,” the letter says. “People should not have gatherings for Shabbat meals.”

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