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The Israeli Magen David Adom national emergency service at a coronavirus testing complex in Bnei Bra
'Israel's strategy failed, economy won't be able to reopen'

‘We need to rethink, isolation has not brought us any good’

Home Front Command ordered to help nursing homes with managing coronavirus

The decision, anticipated by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday night, comes on the backdrop of a widespread crisis within the homes.

Border Police go about coronavirus inspections in Mea Shearim, a haredi neighborhood in Jerusalem.
Gov't to extend lockdown to more cities facing severe outbreak

Ultra-Orthodox and other cities to face tighter restrictions due to coronavirus epidemic, Jerusalem to be divided into eight regions

Medical workers in protective suits treat patients suffering with coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
Nursing homes: A lesson from the world What Israel should (not) do

A few kilometers away in Milan, two facilities, Virginio Ferrari and Casa per Coniugi, last month reported 42 and 37 deaths, respectively.

Israeli police officers take out ultra-Orthodox Jewish men from the Ponevezh Yeshiva in Bnei Brak, a
Bnei Brak could be Israel’s first ‘herd immunity’ model

Recent criticism of Bnei Brak for high infection numbers might actually come to their benefit, as they will be the first to develop "herd immunity"

El Al to air-lift coronavirus medical supplies from China

11 cargo planes will bring to Israel much needed medical gear, including masks and ventilators to combat COVID-19.

Border Police go about coronavirus inspections in Mea Shearim, a haredi neighborhood in Jerusalem.
Ultra-Orthodox community feeling stigmatized over coronavirus allegations

‘We need solidarity and mercy from Israeli society’ Bnei Brak resident says

Soldiers of Israel's Home Front Command deliver food parcels to Bnei Brak, currently under coronavir
Calling in the cavalry, Israel fights coronavirus - analysis

Why did it take until Sunday for the government to turn over to the IDF the issue of providing for people in nursing homes?

A Palestinian vendor sells vegetables at a market in Gaza City
PA bans Israeli goods to prevent spread of coronavirus

In the past, the PA banned the entry of settlement products into Palestinian markets.

A Jewish ultra-Orthodox man looks onto a local billboard with instructions related to the coronaviru
COVID-19 test manufacturer makes ultra-Orthodox employees work separately

Nova Tel, who manufactures the swabs necessary for performing tests to detect COVID-19, placed all of its ultra-Orthodox employees on temporary unpaid leave before protests prompted their rehiring.

A lone man prays at the A lone soldier walks past the Western WalWall amid the coronavirus pandemic.
IDF soldiers from El Poran concerned they may transmit coronavirus

Over half of the Nahal Brigade in self-isolation, hundreds of others were moved to a training base in the south with hundreds of other troops.

Gantz asks Rivlin for more coalition-forming time

Gantz's mandate from Rivlin is set to end on April 13 at 11:5pm, but by law, Rivlin can extend it for two weeks.

The empty roads of Tel Aviv  on March 27, 2020. The daily Israeli life has largely shut down with mo
Employment Service: Unemployment rate reaches 25% of workforce

The southern port city of Eilat is the hardest hit city nationwide, with the unemployment rate soaring from 3.3% at the end of February to 69.3% on Sunday.

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Olive branches handed out on Palm Sunday in near-deserted Jerusalem

The beginning of the Holy Week leading to Easter, Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem.

Israeli hi-tech raises record funds, starts to feel coronavirus slowdown

A dramatic halt has already been witnessed in life science investments as global resources are poured into measures to cope with the virus.

Coronavirus Survey: Israelis slightly more worried about finances

Israelis are slightly more worried about their economic futures due to coronavirus, but also a bit more optimistic about Israel's ability to overcome the crisis.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he speaks to supporters following the announce
Netanyahu creates ministerial team for Shin Bet coronavirus monitoring

Sunday's decision came after a report released Friday on how ‘The Instrument,’ a massive data-bank used by Shin Bet, is rarely talked about.

MEN EXIT the emergency room at Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba.
Beersheba man indicted for stealing personal items from medical staff

The man was arrested on Wednesday in suspicion of breaking in to two medical facilities and stealing personal items from the lockers of medical personnel while they cared for patients.

Most Jewish, Arab Israelis believe gov't dealt well with coronavirus

Some 72% of right-wing respondents felt that the State of Israel is effectively dealing with the outbreak, while only 41% of center voters and 34% of left-wing voters responded similarly.

Fifteen Israelis evacuated from Vietnam

Israeli Consul to Vietnam Liat Shoham gathered the tourists in Hanoi and found commercial flights to places where there are continuing flights to Israel.

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY President Mahmoud Abbas. The author argues that the Palestinians too often den
Is the PA using coronavirus to violate Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem?

Is the Palestinian Authority using the coronavirus pandemic to operate in Arab neighborhoods and villages located within the boundaries of the Jerusalem Municipality?

Yad Sarah – Helping Coronavirus Victims Breathe

Aaron Frenkel, international philanthropist, is matching all donations to Yad Sarah’s Emergency Campaign, which ends Monday evening

President Reuven Rivlin speaks with Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Shlomo Moshe Amar, who is acti
Rivlin castigates those who speak against haredim

Rivlin declared that whenever he hears such atrocious comments, he wants to scream out loud. "We are brothers who are responsible for each other," he said, "and it is wrong for any section of the population to heap needless blame on another."

A GROUP of junior high school students are demanding the government fulfill its educational duty to
Education Ministry: Parents won't pay for services that weren't provided

Schools and day cares will refund parents for services that were paid for, but not provided due to the closures.

Shipment of eggs arrives at Ashdod Port, April 5, 2020
First shipment of emergency eggs arrives in Ashdod

The ships carrying millions of eggs were diverted in order to import the eggs, sailing faster than usual and skipping ports along the way.

Border Police go about coronavirus inspections in Mea Shearim, a haredi neighborhood in Jerusalem.
Haredi neighborhoods in Jerusalem have higher infection rate than Bnei Brak

“The majority of those ill with coronavirus in Jerusalem are in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods,” said Interior Minister Arye Deri.

A sign near a gate in Zar'it northern Israel, August 28, 2019.
A-G warns: Towns don't have authority to forbid entry to non-residents

Dozens of towns and kibbutzim throughout Israel have decided to close their gates to anyone who isn't a resident in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

IDF Chief of Staff Kochavi visits Bnei Brak as troops are deployed

Troops begin to distribute food to seniors; Defense Ministry provides 63 additional ventilators.

PEOPLE PADDLE on stand-up boards in Lake Kinneret
Kinneret water level rises 1 cm over weekend, 32 cm to upper red line

The Kinneret is now 32 cm below the upper red line threshold which marks 208.8 meters below sea level. The sea is currently at the highest level it's been since 2004.

A seismograph records volcanic activity in Indonesia's North Sumatra province Sept. 2010
4.3 magnitude earthquake felt in Eilat

The Geological Survey of Israel's Seismology Division reported the epicenter of the earthquake as being located south of Eilat in the Red Sea.

An empty Knesset Plenum
Government to change Basic Law to fund coronavirus fight

The change in the Basic Law is made necessary by the fact that since there has not been a government for a year, the state has not had an approved budget since January 1.

'The Nanny' returns for a special Zoom coronavirus special

Actress Fran Drescher will team up for a one-time reading of the pilot episode of the hit series ‘The Nanny’ to be aired on Monday on Sony’s Youtube page.

Gantz weighing limited West Bank settlement annexation – report

The subject of annexation has been one of the sticking points in the ongoing negotiations between the Blue and White leader and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the formation of a government.

The Prince of Egypt
Bored in quarantine this Passover? Watch 'Prince of Egypt' on Hulu

It’s funny and entertaining, full of heartwarming music, and captures the incomparably epic nature of the story. Perhaps most importantly, it’s a very effective educational tool.

Nursing Home for Anusi Mashhad, Herzliya
Defense Ministry, IDF assigned to assist operations in nursing homes

The move comes after Home Front Command said on Saturday night that it will not be accepting responsibility for working with nursing homes.

Government to subsidize egg imports in bid to avoid Passover shortage

Earlier this year, Israelis experienced a butter shortage, making this the second time a food staple was not readily available to consumers.

Border Police go about coronavirus inspections in Mea Shearim, a haredi neighborhood in Jerusalem.
Health Ministry official: Expect coronavirus closures in more cities

He explained, according to N12, that "Elad, Modi'in-Elit, Migdal Haemek and a number of neighborhoods in Jerusalem" will also be closed down.

A patient suffering from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) wears a full-face Easybreath snorkelling mas
Israel won't test people with COVID-19 symptoms unless they've traveled

Even those exhibiting serious symptoms will only be tested if they have recently traveled either abroad or to the Palestinian territories.

Ya'acov Litzman
Litzman disobeyed health rules before contracting coronavirus - report

The health minister reportedly did not follow the rules and restrictions which the health ministry announced before he tested positive for coronavirus.

The 2020 finalists for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature
Sami Rohr Prize announces finalists for 2020 literary prize

Finalists include Jerusalem Post Editor Yaakov Katz for 'Shadow Strike', Mikhal Dekel, for 'Tehran Children', Sarah Hurwitz, for 'Here All Along' and Benjamin Balint for 'Kafk's Last Trial'

Children attend computer lessons in an educational center in the Bedouin village of Al-Maleh in Jord
Help Israeli kids learn English with The Jerusalem Post

For poor Israeli families who were already struggling, or who live in small apartments with few activities for their kids, social distancing is even more challenging.

No government expected by Passover

Gantz informed the public on Friday that "essential and critical issues remain to be decided in coalition talks."

Tamar Perets-Levi and her children
Israel raises NIS 2m. to support orphaned twins whose mom died of corona

“It is our collective responsibility to care for these young orphan boys."

Bnei Brak resident went to pray while knowing he has coronavirus

A Bnei Brak resident, who knew he tested positive for coronavirus, stayed with a yeshiva to pray along with 16 other people.

Israeli police officers take out ultra-Orthodox Jewish men from the Ponevezh Yeshiva in Bnei Brak, a
1,000 police officers enforcing a lockdown on Bnei Brak

“Bnei Brak is the first place, not the last."

Welcome to Israel's hotel coronavirus

Voices down the corridor: Israelis share stories from two of the country’s improvised quarantine facilities.

Beatie Deutsch
Orthodox mother of 5 asks Olympic Committee to keep marathon off Shabbat

The marathon is usually scheduled for a Sunday, but was changed for this summer to a Saturday when a venue outside of Tokyo was chosen for the race.

EL Al flight returns to Israel from Australia with stranded Israelis

The direct flight was the longest in the history of Israeli aviation, taking 17 hours and 20 minutes, having taken off in Melbourne and landing at Ben-Gurion.

A modern-day millennial

Baker described herself as a “millennial,” as she was born in 1992 and grew up with the Internet in the current Information Age, nonetheless was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time with friends.

Wine Talk: Drinking at home

Don’t let a mere virus get in the way -- open a bottle of wine and bring a bit of civilized culture into your home.

Jaffa riots continue for a second day, rocks thrown towards firefighters

A number of young people in Jaffa, including minors, set fire to dumpsters and threw rocks and bricks toward the road, later throwing rocks at a fire truck which arrived on the scene.

Israel shares anti-pandemic know-how with global community

Together with Health Ministry, non-profit publishes directory of more than 100 companies.

The High Court of Justice during a hearing
What is the state of Israel's courts in the time of coronavirus?

Efforts made to move forward with criminal trials for defendants being held in detention.

Fragiskos Alvertis and Panathinaikos BC have gone hand-in-hand through 30 brilliant years in the Gre
Panathinaikos icon Fragiskos Alvertis reflects on 30 years with the club

A classic Greek tale of basketball greatness

Max Stern takes on all musical comers

Stern has traveled a long and winding musical, cultural and personal path since crossing the Pond.

Bnei Brak - the coronavirus capital of the Jewish state

Who is to blame for the proliferation of the virus in the bastion of the haredi community?

Mount Scopus campus, Hebrew University Jerusalem
Bereft Barkat

This week's Jerusalem grapevine.

Benny Gantz betrayed no one

MIDDLE ISRAEL: Somebody had to cut the Gordian knot, and how good it is that somebody did

Enjoying music and art through Beit Avi Chai online

“The Beit Avi Chai staff is continuously updating our special website for this period, and launching a new series of interactive online classes, lectures, programs for children and families."

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Chinese VP Wang Qishan attend the Committee on Innovation in I
An Israel-China policy is needed now more than ever

The deepening of the US-Sino rivalry will surely be one of the most significant new geopolitical features in a post-corona world

Helmsley Trust donates $11 million to boost Israel’s COVID-19 efforts

The Helmsley grants include $5 million for eight Clalit Health Services hospitals, with $2.1 million to help transform Hasharon Hospital into a dedicated COVID-19 facility.

21st Maccabiah postponed a year for Olympics to 2022

Hoping to attract record number of competitors to Israel, Maccabi World Union doesn't want to conflict with delayed Tokyo Games

Weddings in the time of corona

What’s it like to get married in the midst of a pandemic? Increasingly restrictive directives from the Health Ministry are impacting weddings. ‘In Jerusalem’ spoke with some of those affected.

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
Most new West Bank Palestinian coronavirus cases are workers from Israel

The PA is particularly concerned about the issue because due to the upcoming Passover holiday, some 50,000 Palestinian workers are expected to return home to the West Bank next week.

Shalom Jackson died of COVID-19 – Who looks after his friends?

Jackson was living at Mishan senior living center in Beersheba, where other patients of coronavirus were reported.

Israel’s coronavirus report card

The latest Health Ministry report says that 37% of infected Israelis are under age 30, 15% are 30-39 and 13% are 40-49. “What we are seeing now are the results of the steps taken three weeks ago."

Justice Minister Amir Ohana speaks at The Jerusalem Post-Maariv Group Conference, December 25, 2019
High Court keeps courts in emergency state amid coronavirus pandemic

The left has accused the Justice Minister of shutting down the courts to delay Netanyahu's trial

Jerusalem kids tackle lockdown challenges in ‘corona-hackathon’

PICO Kids works in over 60 schools across Israel’s capital, serving communities with a diverse religious and cultural background with the support of about 100 mentors as well as many volunteers.

President Rivlin meets with Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz about forming a government
Likud, Blue and White in marathon talks to reach deal on Friday

Netanyahu wants Edelstein as foreign minister

The Netflix logo is shown in this illustration photograph in Encinitas, California
Netflix leads on downloads, but YouTube Kids grabs more hours

The report did not give actual hours of usage, but ranked YouTube Kids first, followed by Netflix. YouTube itself was in third place.

Israel Innovation Authority to fast track grants totaling NIS 650 million

NIS 50 million of the package has been earmarked for projects dealing with solutions to the coronavirus epidemic.

Jerusalem musician’s song injects 'sunshine' into the coronavirus blues

"When I’m knocked down by doubt in myself and the bigger picture, by frustration and anger, I seek a deeper version of myself and knowledge of what it's all about.”

Israel to halt demolition of Area C's illegal buildings due to coronavirus

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis, the Civil Administration has continued to remove illegal construction in Area C that belongs to both settlers and Palestinians

A patient receives chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer
New partnership ensures cancer patients receive life-saving treatment

For cancer patients unable to afford private methods of transportation, limited public services could mean losing access to life-saving treatment.

Israelis line up at midnight to buy new Harry Potter book
International Children’s Books Day marked despite Coronavirus

Marking the birthday of Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen, the day is marked around the world to promote literature.

The Defense Ministry should lead Israel's fight against coronavirus

While the Health Ministry works to take care of those struggling to breath, the Defense Ministry has the best logistical arm to assume responsibility.

Distributing food
For Israel's elderly at home alone due to coronavirus, beware of crooks

The coronavirus crisis is a green light for crooks, and as a result, unscrupulous con merchants are pretending to deliver food or perform tests on unsuspecting Israelis.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he delivers a speech at his Jerusalem office,
With Netanyahu in quarantine, how does the government work?

The Knesset has a different challenge – it doesn’t allow remote voting. MKs cannot call in their votes or leave a note or have someone vote in their place.

An empty classroom
Israeli high school finals to take place in emergency format

Due to the uncertainty leading into the Passover holiday, as of yet, the Education Ministry has decided to implement emergency formatting for high school matriculation exams.

Coronavirus and Judaism: What you need to know

Prayers, Passover, mikva, and more - your questions, answered.

David Broza
David Broza, Al Franken, Lewis Black to spice up online Seder

City Winery in New York, a branch of the City Winery chain, is offering a livestream event, The Downtown Seder 2020 at 6 p.m. ET on April 6.

A man types into a keyboard during the Def Con hacker convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Israeli researchers warn of 'escalation' in coronavirus cyber attacks

Hackers have embraced the soaring popularity of Netflix as part of their web-based fraud schemes. We have to "exercise good cyber hygiene, and be extra cautious when receiving documents and links."

Israeli Magen David Adom medical team members transfer an Israeli man, suspected of being Covid-19 p
Armed troops to be deployed to Bnei Brak to help coronavirus efforts

12,000 IDF troops taking part in military's operation against the deadly virus; Bennett visits Bnei Brak; two troops from Ir HaBadim diagnosed with virus

Firas Jabbour (C), founder and CEO of start-up Edunation, a social-learning platform, meets with his
Israeli hi-tech to receive NIS 650 million 'first aid' injection

"It is well understood, even by the Finance Ministry, that the hi-tech industry in Israel holds the key to pulling us out of the economic crisis following the coronavirus pandemic."

Toddler goes viral for instructing people to stay home due to coronavirus

"It is forbidden to go to the mall, it is forbidden to go to the supermarket, it is even forbidden to go to the gymboree!"

Prof. Reuven Or, from the Bone Marrow Transplantation and Cancer Immunotherapy Research Center, spea
HU professor wins over 3m. euro grant for groundbreaking cancer research

Three Hebrew U. researchers win a total of over 7m. euros from the European Research Council for "ground breaking and high risk projects" including the treatment of adult leukemia.

Three Moroccan Jews, some related to MK Amir Peretz, die of coronavirus

Simone Peretz was in critical condition prior to her death and did not know that her son also was ill when she passed away, Amir Peretz wrote.

Israelis raise half a million dollars for twins of coronavirus victim

At least 13,770 donors contributed to the fund drive, which had a goal of $500,000 in 30 days.

A GROUP of junior high school students are demanding the government fulfill its educational duty to
Students will have five final exams instead of seven due to coronavirus

The goal is to achieve the smallest number of students being tested in a single class room.

A press conference on coronavrus held by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Health Minister Ya'acov
Netanyahu, heads of Mossad, NSC, MOH all in isolation after Litzman infected

Health minister accused of praying contrary to his own office’s guidelines

A Palestinian worker makes a protective suit at a factory amid concerns over the spread of the coron
Gaza factory manufactures Israel's coronavirus protective gear

Despite rising demand, Bawab said that he has yet to receive orders from the Palestinian market in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives for a speech at his Jerusalem office, regarding th
Finance Ministry slams Netanyahu's 'populist' coronavirus grants

The sources said the plan does not specify exact criteria for one to be eligible for the grants and is estimated to cost Israeli taxpayers around NIS 1.5 billion ($420 million).

Returning series, new ones and classic movies coming up during Passover

From HBO to Netflix, YES and CellcomTV, there is plenty to watch this Passover.

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