Israel

Report: Israel To Open Quarantine Hotels For Ultra-Orthodox COVID-19 Patients

JERUSALEM (JNS) — Two “quarantine hotels” are being prepared to house ultra-Orthodox coronavirus patients in Israel beginning on Tuesday, Hebrew media reported on Monday. The ho...

New Dispatch Center Launched By Israel’s United Hatzalah

JERUSALEM (JNS) — With the coronavirus pandemic isolating thousands of at-risk Israelis in their homes, United Hatzalah—the independent, nonprofit Emergency Medical Service (EMS) o...

Israel Unveils 80 Billion NIS Aid Package, New Stringencies On Public Gatherings

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Israel unveiled an unprecedented 80 billion NIS aid package in order to help the flailing economy, which has seen unemployment rise to an unprecedented 24% an...

Mossad, Yad Sarah Obtain Advanced Medical Equipment For Fight Against Corona

JERUSALEM (VINnews) —The Mossad intelligence agency acquired and brought to Israel 27 ventilators and other valuable medical equipment needed in the fight against the coronavirus a...

Bnei Brak Residents Report Public Health Infringements; Police Seal Mikvas, Shuls

BNEI BRAK (VINnews) — In the wake of the ruling by Rav Chaim Kanievski that people who violate health ministry regulations are considered to be a rodef (endangering other's lives) ...

Fearing Gaza Virus Spread, Hamas Preps For Mass Quarantines

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — When Nima Amraa returned to the Gaza Strip from neighboring Egypt earlier this month, she was surprised to learn she was being placed in a makeshift qu...

Watch: Police Arrest Chareidim For Ignoring Public Health Directives

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Police entered Meah Shearim and arrested people who were congregating in public buildings and violating public health directives:   &nb...

Netanyahu Goes Into Self-quarantine

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel announced that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will enter self-quarantine after an aide tested positive for the virus. His office says the 70-year-old...

Rabbi Kessler Of Kiryat Sefer: Men Who Immerse In The Mikve Remain Contaminated

KIRYAT SEFER (VINnews) — Rabbi Meir Kessler, the rabbi of Kiryat Sefer, published a sharp letter Sunday in which he explained why he had decided to cancel all minyanim in his town ...

Israel: Nurses In Training Enlisted To Help With Corona Patients

JERUSALEM (JNS) — Given the anticipated shortages of hospital staff able to treat those infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Israeli Ministry of Health has asked nursing s...

Israel Mulling Bnei Brak Quarantine After Police Report Difficulty Enforcing Lockdown

JERUSALEM (JNS) — The Israeli government is considering placing the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak under quarantine, Israeli Finance Ministry director general Shai Babad told the...

Hundreds Attend Bnei Brak Funeral Amid Criticism Of Lack Of Adherence To Social Distancing

BNEI BRAK (VINnews) —Hundreds of people took part in a funeral procession in Bnei Brak early Sunday, jamming closely together in contravention of social distancing rules as police ...

Israel’s National Library Launches Project To Document Impact Of Coronavirus On Jewish Community

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The National Library of Israel has created an archive to document the impact of the coronavirus on Jewish communities around the world. The Jewish Community CO...

‘Situation In Bnei Brak Is Like ‘Italy’. Nearly Every Chareidi Who Is Checked Is Positive’

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Dr. Yakir Kaufman, a Chareidi doctor who is the head of a department in Israel's health ministry, warns of a terrible catastrophe which could hit the Chareidi...

Rav Chaim Kanievski Rules To Daven In Private Without A Minyan

BNEI BRAK (VINnews) — Hagaon Rav Chaim Kanievski has ruled that at present one is obligated to daven in private without a minyan. Rav Chaim says that we are in a situation of Pikua...

Bnei Brak Mayor: Stop Trying To Be Smart With Minyanim, There Are 300 Cases in Bnei Brak

BNEI BRAK (VINnews) — Bnei Brak mayor Avraham Rubinstein who is isolated in quarantine at present issued a special appeal to local residents in the wake of the recent surge in coro...
FILE - Eli Beer, president and founder of Israel's United Hatzalah

Miami: Improvement in Condition of United Hatzalah CEO Eli Beer

MIAMI (VINnews) —Eli Beer, the head of United Hatzalah is hospitalized in serious condition in Miami suffering from coronavirus. His family gave the following update on Eli's condi...

More Than 500 People Quarantined By Israeli Shin Bet Technology Test Positive For COVID-19

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — More than 500 of the latest cases diagnosed with coronavirus in Israel were people who were quarantined by the Israeli Shin Bet which used its surveillance te...

Rising Anti-Semitism Has Increased Luxury Home Sales In Israel, Report Claims

JERUSALEM (JTA) - Apartments on a glitzy stretch of Tel Aviv beach are going for up to nearly $50 million — and, at least until recently, they were getting snatched up. Accordin...

Analysis: Winners And Losers In Thursday’s Mad Political Upheaval In Israel

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — After a rollercoaster week in Israeli politics, Israel has gone from being a parliament without a government and governed by the judiciary to a government ind...