Considering the rapidly evolving situation of the Covid-19 pandemic and taking into account observations which have come from Episcopal Conferences, this Congregation now offers an update to the general indications and suggestions already given to Bishops in the preceding decree of 19 March 2020.… Read the rest
In this unique and challenging moment, the Conservative/Masorti movement calls on its clergy, professionals, lay leaders, and participants to adhere to guidance provided by government and medical authorities and cancel or postpone all physical gatherings, and maintain practices that adhere to all national and local governmental directives.… Read the rest
Please find below a letter from Rabbi Joshua Heller, chair of the CJLS rites and ritual subcommittee providing guidance for communities affected by COVID-19. Thanks to Rabbis Aaron Alexander, Pamela Barmash and Ashira Konigsburg for contributions. Please note that this is not an official responsum of the CJLS. … Read the rest
If the government or a physician has decided that an individual must remain in isolation over the course of Yom Tov and this individual has a psychological condition where physicians who know this patient have determined that there is a possibility that this person being alone over the course of Yom Tov would be in a situation of pikuach nefesh (possible suicide) if the individual was not able to communicate or speak with family members, then the family members must reach out to this person over Yom Tov to speak on the phone or use the internet by leaving a connection open from before Yom Tov.… Read the rest
Baltimore Jewish Life Newsroom, March 25
Rabbi Yaakov Hopfer, President of the Vaad HaRabbonim of Baltimore, explains that any one who made a kabalah yesterday to fast today, whether a half day or whole, should not fast due to the Coronavirus situation and the obligation upon everyone to maintain their strength and health.… Read the rest
25 March 2020 (Subject to Change)
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and following the guidance of public health officials and government orders, the Rocky Mountain Rabbinical Council has established the following guidelines for Jewish funerals in Colorado.
As rabbis, we believe that Jewish rituals and customs offer mourners valuable tools for confronting loss and grief and we encourage our members to counsel those they serve using these practices, as best as they can be carried out under the circumstances.… Read the rest
[undated, before March 25]
In the Name of God, Merciful to all, Compassionate to each!
- The coronavirus pandemic constitutes a highly significant danger to the world health, and necessitates immediate action to prevent or slow its transmission, especially to those at risk of severe consequences.
- The current circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic will require a collective response from the Muslim community, working with health services and local authorities, to manage the volume of deaths.
- There are certain mandatory funerary rites afforded to the Muslim deceased.