November 24, 2020

Orthodox Jewish synagogue fined over secret pandemic wedding

New York (AFP) – An Orthodox Jewish synagogue has been fined by New York authorities after thousands gathered to attend a secretly organized indoor wedding that violated coronavirus restrictions.The Hasidic place of worship was fined $15,000 over the November 8 event, which was organized without the knowledge of city officials, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday.It is the latest example of tensions between officials and Orthodox communities over social distancing measures imposed¬†to stop the spread of COVID-19, which ravaged Orthodox neighborhoods in the spring.Last month, an area in Brooklyn w…


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