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FILE - In this Monday, Sept 21, 2020 file photo, ultra-Orthodox Jews wear face masks during a morning prayer in a synagogue separated by plastic partitions, in Bnei Brak, Israel. For Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jews, coronavirus restrictions have raised numerous questions about how to maintain their religious lifestyle during the outbreak. A religious publisher in Jerusalem released a book in July with over 600 pages of guidance from 46 different rabbis. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

Rabbis ponder COVID-19 queries of ultra-Orthodox Jewish life

Sep. 28, 2020 2:06 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Must an observant Jew who has lost his sense of taste and smell because of COVID-19 recite blessings for food and drink? Can one bend the metal nosepiece of a surgical face mask on the Sabbath? May one participate in communal prayers held in a courtyard from a nearby balcony? Months into...

Police ask a protester in a wheelchair to move after security personnel forcibly cleared the square outside of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem, early Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, during a three-week nationwide lockdown in Israel to curb the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Thousands of Israelis protest in Jerusalem, despite lockdown

Sep. 26, 2020 7:44 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of Israelis gathered outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday night to demand his resignation, pressing ahead with weeks of protests against the embattled Israeli leader despite a strict new lockdown order. With Israel facing one of the...

FILE - In this July 22, 2020, file photo, Tyson Salomon, left, gets a pedicure outside Pampered Hands nail salon in Los Angeles. A steady drop in coronavirus cases across California cleared the way Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, for the wider reopening of businesses in nine counties, including much of the San Francisco Bay Area, the state's top health official said. Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state health secretary, said nail salons could also reopen with restrictions, though he cautioned that California's reopening must remain

The Latest: Concerns over coronavirus upticks in California

Sep. 25, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California has begun to see concerning upticks in coronavirus data after a period of decline. The state health secretary said Friday that there have been increases in the number of newly confirmed cases, hospital emergency department visits for COVID-19 and new hospitalizations for...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, President Donald Trump, Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan react on the Blue Room Balcony after signing the Abraham Accords during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Jewish American voters have leaned Democratic for decades, but the GOP is still eyeing modest gains with the constituency in states where President Donald Trump could reap major benefits with even small improvements over his performance in 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump camp hopes Mideast pacts translate to Jewish support

Sep. 25, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

Jewish American voters have leaned Democratic for decades, but Republicans are hoping the recent steps toward normalized relations between Gulf states and Israel — which Trump vigorously touted earlier this month — bolster his appeal to Jewish voters. With battleground states like Pennsylvania,...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, President Donald Trump, Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan react on the Blue Room Balcony after signing the Abraham Accords during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Jewish American voters have leaned Democratic for decades, but the GOP is still eyeing modest gains with the constituency in states where President Donald Trump could reap major benefits with even small improvements over his performance in 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump camp hopes Mideast pacts translate to Jewish support

Sep. 25, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

Jewish American voters have leaned Democratic for decades, but Republicans are hoping the recent steps toward normalized relations between Gulf states and Israel — which Trump vigorously touted earlier this month — bolster his appeal to Jewish voters. With battleground states like Pennsylvania,...

Israeli Dr. Ronni Gamzu speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at his office near the central Israeli city of Lod, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. Gamzu is a cancer survivor. It was that personal battle that readied him for his greatest professional challenge: steering Israel's troubled coronavirus response. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

AP Interview: Israeli virus czar fights outbreak, politics

Sep. 25, 2020 2:19 AM EDT

AIRPORT CITY, Israel (AP) — When Dr. Ronni Gamzu, one of Israel’s leading public health experts, was named the country's coronavirus czar in mid-July, he was hailed as Israel's best hope for halting a fast-growing number of cases. Two months later, Israel is suffering from one of the world’s...

FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo, a woman passes a fence outside Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery adorned with tributes to victims of COVID-19 in New York. The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, Sept. 22, a figure unimaginable eight months ago when the scourge first reached the world’s richest nation with its sparkling laboratories, top-flight scientists and towering stockpiles of medicines and emergency supplies. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Virus uptick in Hasidic NYC neighborhoods causes concern

Sep. 23, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A spike in COVID-19 cases in a handful of Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods with large Orthodox Jewish populations is raising alarm bells even as New York City's overall infection rate remains low, city officials said Wednesday. The neighborhoods including Borough Park and Williamsburg...

Hasidic Jewish pilgrims gather in front of Ukrainian border guards at the checkpoint Novaya Guta near Novaya Guta, Belarus, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Ukrainian officials say that thousands of Hasidic Jewish pilgrims stuck on the Ukrainian border due to coronavirus restrictions have started turning back. About 2,000 ultra-Orthodox Jewish pilgrims traveled to Belarus's border with Ukraine in hope of traveling to the Ukrainian city of Uman to visit the grave of an important Hasidic rabbi who died in 1810, Nachman of Breslov. (AP Photo)

Jewish pilgrims retreat from Ukrainian border

Sep. 18, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Thousands of Hasidic Jews, stuck at the Ukrainian border for days due to coronavirus restrictions, have turned back without reaching their destination, the grave of a revered rabbi, officials said Friday. About 2,000 ultra-Orthodox Jewish pilgrims had traveled through Belarus in hope...

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man prays ahead of the Jewish new year at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's old city, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020.  A raging coronavirus outbreak is casting a shadow over the normally festive Jewish New Year. With health officials recommending a nationwide lockdown, traditional family gatherings will be muted, synagogue prayers will be limited to small groups and roads will be empty.(AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Under lockdown, Israel faces bitter start of Jewish New Year

Sep. 17, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Eating apples dipped in honey on Rosh Hashana is a Jewish tradition to symbolize a sweet start of the New Year. But in Israel, bitterness prevails on the eve of the holiday as the country faces a second nationwide lockdown to stem a raging coronavirus outbreak. Israeli Prime Minister...

Jewish pilgrims gather on the Belarus-Ukraine border, in Belarus, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. About 700 Jewish pilgrims are stuck on Belarus' border due to coroavirus restrictions that bar them from entering Ukraine. Thousands of pilgrims visit the city each September for Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year. However, Ukraine closed its borders in late August amid a surge in COVID-19 infections. (TUT.by via AP)

Ukraine urges Jewish pilgrims stuck at border to turn back

Sep. 17, 2020 10:13 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine on Thursday strongly warned thousands of Hasidic Jewish pilgrims who have been stuck on its border for days that it won't allow them into the country due to coronavirus restrictions. Ukrainian authorities said about 2,000 people have gathered at the border with Belarus, in hope...