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Jewish Communities Worldwide Losing Rabbis To COVID-19

At least 44 rabbis outside of Israel have died as a result of the novel coronavirus, mostly residing in the New York metro area.

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The most recent is HaRav Zev Rothschild Z”L, called “the Giant Of Chesed” in Lakewood, New Jersey, Wednesday morning on his 63rd birthday. “Zeev” was the owner of the NPGS Food co-op and an invaluable leader of the community. The Va’ad (rabbinical council) of the city had joined with major Rabbi organizations to urge that members take all cautions to prevent such a fate.

Yeshiva World wrote: “He used his brilliant head and very soft spoken personality so assist countless amounts of people in business decisions, disagreements, marriage issues, issues with the law, financial issues and anything else you could possibly think of. He was a master negotiator, and assisted countless amounts of people in reaching settlement, that both sides were very content with. There was no such thing as, “sorry I just don’t have the time”. He would take impossible challenges and figure out answers, and make it happen some way or other.”

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In North America outside of the New York area, the victims have included Rabbi Avraham Yechiel Krauss, 67, of Montreal. Yeshiva World reported “his death was sudden – he was still at home with his family only three days when he began to feel ill and his condition swiftly deteriorated.” On March 29th Rabbi Nachman Morgan of Los Angeles lost his life. He was a pillar of the community for over 35 years and rabbi at the Yeshiva Rav Isacsohn Torah Emes Academy, where his wife, Esther, is a teacher.

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In South America, Rabbi Gabriel Yabra died Wednesday at the age of 55, one of 31 fatal victims of COVID-19 in Argentina. A member of the Shuba Israel community and Kosher food supervisor for the UK Kasher company, was in intensive care in Buenos Aires since Saturday after becoming infected through his mother. She had been in close contact with a traveller.

Sholom Morgan Facebook announcment of the passing of Rabbi Nachman Morgan

Two rabbis have died in London, including a Reform Rabbi just weeks from retirement. Neil Kraft was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, and spent 17 years leading the community with postings at the Woodford and District Liberal Synagogue and South London Liberal Synagogue, before joining Edgware and Hendon Reform.

Rabbi Neil Kraft leaves behind wife, Susannah, and 2 sons.

There are about 250,000 Jews in the United Kingdom – only 0.3% of its population – but coronavirus has killed at least 44 known Jewish victims so far — about 2.5% of the UK total. British Jews are 800% beyond the proportionate share of the death toll from COVID-19, with more in precarious health. At the 1300 seat St. John’s Wood Synagogue in London, a rabbi was diagnosed with the virus shortly after returning from a Purim celebration in Morocco.

The proximity of the Festival of Purim, which fell on March 9, is tied to the outbreak of the coronavirus in Europe and in Israel. In particular the predominantly ultra-Orthodox Tel Aviv suburb of Bnei Brak, with 723 confirmed cases out of a population of 200,000 (2.7%). Haredi family and social habits and a lack of isolation facilities is resulting in fears that 30% or more of the community could end up infected.

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