Some Orthodox Jews bristle at NYC's response to virus surge
Amid a new surge of COVID-19 in New Yorks Orthodox Jewish communities, many residents are reviving health measures that some had abandoned over the summer social distancing, wearing masks. Officials say the worst-hit ZIP codes overlap with large Orthodox Jewish communities in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens and in a couple of nearby counties. Last week, Agudath Israel of America, an Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, worked with the Boro Park Jewish Community Council to distribute 400,000 masks. “The Jewish community feels they’re being singled out and there’s some element of anti-Semitism,” he said Monday. In 2018 and 2019, measles cases spread in Orthodox communities in New York as well as other regions.