Los Angeles County Rosh Hashanah coronavirus crackdown spurs backlash

Los Angeles County Rosh Hashanah coronavirus crackdown spurs backlash


After months of feuding with evangelical Christians over indoor worship services, Los Angeles County has now run afoul of observant Jews seeking to celebrate Rosh Hashanah with friends and extended family.

The First Liberty Institute on Wednesday called on county Department of Public Health to retract its Sept. 1 order prohibiting small gatherings such as baby showers, barbecues, study groups, and “having dinner with extended family and friends to honor the High Holidays (Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur).”

The county cited the risk of novel coronavirus transmission, but Rabbi Yisrael Gelb called the policy “profoundly disrespectful and disappointing.”

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“I plan on honoring the High Holidays as I do every year, by sharing a table with a local family in my congregation,” Rabbi Gelb said in a statement. “We urge the county to reverse its policy and allow us to celebrate our most holy days in peace and safety.”

In its letter, First Liberty accused the county of a double-standard, citing recent

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