Religious Inormation

Death

There has been a lot of concern concerning what happens (heaven forbid) should someone pass away.

  • If someone passes away due to Coronavirus, the hospital will deal with everything apart from the actual funeral.
  • If someone passes away from normal causes within reasons, normal things will apply accept that the ruling for the funeral and shiva will still apply .
  • Funerals can be attended only by the immediate family – NO ONE ELSE.
  • No one should visit a shiva house and only family should say prayers in the shiva house.  No one should go to a shiva house to join in prayers.
  • Kaddish: Chabad have said they will try and provide a service so Kaddish can be said.
  • All unveilings are cancelled for the foreseeable future.
  • The cemeteries will remain open so people can visit graves providing they observe social distancing.

Board of Deputies Advice

Pesah food guidelines for the UK Jewish community, 
In the current unprecedented circumstances, many members of the Jewish community are either in self-isolation or are not in a position to be able to visit a Kosher supermarket to do their Pesach shopping. With this in mind, a number of the UK’s main Kashrut authorities have issued special guidelines for Passover this year, providing information on a significant number of products which are more widely available. You can see our round-up of advice here. https://www.bod.org.uk/passover-food-guidelines-for-the-uk-jewish-community-pesach-2020/

Religious burials

Religious burials to be protected as MPs pass amended coronavirus bill
https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/religious-burials-to-be-protected-as-mps-pass-amended-coronavirus-bill/

Board urges government to ‘provide exemptions’ over proposed virus cremations

https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/religious-burials-to-be-protected-as-mps-pass-amended-coronavirus-bill/

Government to amend emergency coronavirus bill to stop cremation against families’ wishes

https://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/government-to-amend-emergency-coronavirus-bill-to-stop-cremation-against-families-wishes-1.498364

Board calls on government to ‘respect religious traditions’ and allow burial for coronavirus deaths

https://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/board-calls-on-government-to-respect-respect-religious-traditions-when-burying-coronavirus-deaths-1.498345

UK to give religious exemptions for cremation during coronavirus pandemic

https://www.jpost.com/International/UK-Jews-worried-dead-may-be-cremated-due-to-coronavirus-pandemic-621997

Leading UK Jewish Group Expresses Concern Coronavirus Bill Will Violate Jewish Burial Laws

Covid-19

Tributes Pour in After Leading UK Rabbi Dies of Coronavirus

Cultural change – an unexpected side-effect of Covid-19

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/cultural-change-an-unexpected-side-effect-of-covid-19/

Kosher caterers gear up to deliver Pesach food as coronavirus forces people indoors

https://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/kosher-caterers-gear-up-to-deliver-pesach-food-as-coronavirus-forces-people-indoors-1.498233

Houses of worship pitch in to help those left vulnerable by virus outbreak

https://www.ncronline.org/news/people/houses-worship-pitch-help-those-left-vulnerable-virus-outbreak

In the US and beyond, houses of worship pitch in to help those left vulnerable by virus outbreak

https://www.sightmagazine.com.au/news/15163-in-the-us-and-beyond-houses-of-worship-pitch-in-to-help-those-left-vulnerable-by-virus-outbreak

Israeli president sends solidarity and prayers in an address to the Jewish diaspora

https://www.thejc.com/news/israel/israeli-president-reuven-rivlin-sends-solidarity-and-prayers-in-an-address-to-the-jewish-diaspora-1.498328

Two ultra-Orthodox Jews die in London as coronavirus shutters most communities

https://www.timesofisrael.com/two-ultra-orthodox-jews-die-in-london-as-coronavirus-shutters-most-communities/

2 Orthodox Jews die of coronavirus in London; another succumbs in Paris

https://www.jta.org/quick-reads

Two from strictly Orthodox community die after contracting coronavirus

https://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/two-from-strictly-orthodox-community-die-after-contracting-coronavirus-1.498351

‘Hundreds of volunteers’ step forward to help JCC fight coronavirus spread in Stamford Hill

https://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/hundreds-of-volunteers-step-forward-to-fight-coronavirus-spread-in-stamford-hill-1.498356

‘Devastating’: vicar and headteacher among latest UK coronavirus victims

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/23/devastating-vicar-and-headteacher-among-latest-named-uk-coronavirus-victims#

Jewish leaders fear ultra-Orthodox Jews have missed isolation message

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/23/concern-ultra-orthodox-jews-not-get-message-coronavirus

Community rallies round to support those most in need

https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/community-groups-rally-round-to-support-isolated-individuals/

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