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In this March 29, 2020 photo, the Rev. Steven Paulikas, rector at All Saints Episcopal Church, delivers an evening prayer service over Facebook Live in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is upending the season's major religious holidays, forcing leaders and practitioners across faiths to improvise. (AP Photo/Emily Leshner)

Virus forces religions to improvise, isolate for holidays

Mar. 31, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, MD. (AP) — The global pandemic is upending the season’s major religious holidays, forcing leaders and practitioners across the spectrum to improvise. They’re having to finding new ways to live out their beliefs in a time of social distancing and empty houses of worship. ...

FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2020, file photo, surrounded primarily by family, Nicky Kohen, the daughter of Josef Neumann who was critically injured in an attack on a Hanukkah celebration, speaks to reporters in front of her home in New City, N.Y. An Orthodox Jewish organization said Neumann died Sunday, March 29, 2020, from his injuries three months after the attacks. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Man, 72, dies of injuries 3 months after Hanukkah stabbings

Mar. 30, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

MONSEY, N.Y. (AP) — A man who was among the five people stabbed during a Hanukkah celebration north of New York City has died three months after the attack, according to an Orthodox Jewish organization and community liaison with a local police department. Josef Neumann, 72, died Sunday night, the Orthodox...

Shoppers wearing face masks with a cart full of food supplies wait in line to pay at a supermarket counter in Singapore, Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2020. Singaporeans were seen buying food supplies in supermarkets following neighboring Malaysia's announcement of a nationwide lockdown from the coronavirus to begin Wednesday which could affect the flow of food supplies to the city state. (AP Photo/Ee Ming Toh)

The Latest: Singapore penalizing social distancing violators

Mar. 26, 2020 11:35 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — U.S. leads the world in confirmed coronavirus cases...

Medical workers oversee the disinfection of the streets to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Qamishli, Syria, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad)

Aid group says Mideast lockdowns hinder humanitarian efforts

Mar. 25, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An international aid group said Wednesday that closures aimed at containing the coronavirus pandemic are preventing it from reaching 300,000 people in conflict zones across the Middle East, as the virus arrived in war-torn Libya and case counts rose in Syria and the Gaza Strip, among the...

In this March 19, 2020 photo, Holocaust survivor Hannah Nudel talks to volunteer Freida Rothman, who is delivering meals to survivors isolated in their homes because of coronavirus concerns, in Brooklyn, New York. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

Vital meals help Holocaust survivors amid coronavirus crisis

Mar. 23, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn caterer Israel Frischman is continuing to prepare dozens of meals for elderly Holocaust survivors even though the Jewish community center that provides them owes him money. The Nachas Health and Family Network in Brooklyn has been forced to suspend its counseling services, exercise...

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Orthodox Jewish leaders unite against the coronavirus

Mar. 20, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Leaders at six top Orthodox Jewish organizations on Friday jointly urged their members to heed social distancing rules designed to fight the coronavirus, a show of unity that underscores the importance of behavioral changes that amount to a massive upheaval in their faith communities. While...

In this Feb. 28, 2020 file photo, Mayor David Depretis of Baldwin Borough brings in the sign announcing

Across faiths, religious rules bent as virus alters worship

Mar. 13, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Across the United States, religious leaders are taking unprecedented steps to shield their congregations from the coronavirus - canceling services, banning large funerals and weddings, and waiving age-old requirements of their faiths. For Roman Catholics, attendance at Mass is considered a...

A worker sprays disinfectant as sanitization operations against Coronavirus are carried out in the museum hosted by the Maschio Angioino medieval castle, in Naples, Italy, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (Alessandro Pone/LaPresse via AP)

What's Happening: Italians awake to new reality, skies empty

Mar. 10, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

Italians awoke to the new reality of a national lockdown on Tuesday and Chinese President Xi Jinping made his first trip to the city where the global epidemic first emerged. These are some of the latest developments on Tuesday: ITALY'S NEW REALITY The streets of Rome were quiet as Italy began its first day under...

Student volunteers perform a Purim reading from the Book of Esther for residents under self-quarantine due to potential exposure to the new coronavirus, Monday, March 9, 2020, in New Rochelle, N.Y. In Westchester County, student volunteers from a Jewish secondary school were fanning out in teams to read the megillah on Monday evening and during the day Tuesday outside the homes of about 120 families from the community who are quarantined. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Virus outbreak disrupts joyous Purim fest but some improvise

Mar. 10, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Purim is traditionally one of the most joyous Jewish holidays, but some celebrations in Israel and hard-hit parts of the United States are being scaled back or canceled due to the coronavirus threat. One of the biggest jolts has come in the city of New Rochelle, a few miles north of New...

Right wing activists and supporters of Israeli Prime Minister and head of the Likud party Benjamin Netanyahu, hold election posters and shout slogans after Netanyahu's election campaign rally at a market in Jerusalem, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Take 3: The main actors in Israel's re-do contested election

Mar. 1, 2020 2:43 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israelis head to the polls for the third time in less than a year on Monday, after the two previous parliamentary races ended inconclusively. Twenty-nine parties are running, but no more than eight are likely to break the 3.25% electoral threshold needed to enter the Knesset, Israel's...