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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, wounded in Hanukkah stabbings dies from injuries

Mar. 30, 2020 2:26 AM 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...

Following faith in time of trouble

Mar. 28, 2020 3:05 AM EDT

MORRISVILLE, Pa. (AP) — When she heard church bells ring on a recent Sunday morning, the Rev. Katherine Cartwright Knodel, a Lutheran pastor who lives in Morrisville, welcomed the tolling. The novel coronavirus pandemic had forced the closure of schools and businesses. Since then, many churches,...

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...

Charged man says he regrets defacing Louisiana synagogue

Mar. 23, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

MANDEVILLE, La. (AP) — A man charged with spraying anti-Semitic graffiti on a Louisiana synagogue said he regrets his actions and wants to apologize to the congregation. Authorities arrested Caine Zander Brown about two weeks ago in connection with the September 2018 defacing of the Northside Jewish...

A person rides a hoverboard on a downtown street in Kansas City, Mo. Saturday, March 21, 2020. Officials in Missouri's largest cities are ordering a mandatory stay-at-home rule to residents starting next week in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. St. Louis and St. Louis County authorities first announced the order, which is to begin Monday, before Kansas City officials followed later Saturday with a similar order. The order in Kansas City and surrounding areas is set to begin Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Missouri virus cases top 128, including 5 tied to preschool

Mar. 22, 2020 9:18 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Missouri rose by 38 Sunday night, including at least five cases tied to one suburban St. Louis preschool and evidence of community transmission in one county. The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, was up...

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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...

Jewish communities join online for inspiration, fellowship

Mar. 16, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — As the sun set Friday in Jewish homes across the world, the faithful lit Sabbath candles to participate once again in God’s first creative act — to bring light into the world. The world was filled with darkness and chaos when, as written in the Torah, God spoke the...

To fight anti-Semitism, Jewish teens teach in classrooms

Mar. 15, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

VIENNA, Va. (AP) — Everything was in place: the silver kiddush cup beside the rolled-up Torah. The ceremonial candle, brushing braided challah. Twin boxes of Streit’s matzot, unopened. But this wasn’t a hushed synagogue readying for the holidays. It was a Northern Virginia high school...