Author: JA Mag

Putting Hand Sanitizer Within Reach

The distillery was soon unable to keep up with demand when hand sanitizer’s third primary ingredient, glycerin, proved hard to come by.

On Covid’s Jewish Frontlines: The Pandemic Classroom

Rabbi Ari Schonfeld By Steve Lipman Two days after Covid forced Yeshiva Beis Hillel of Passaic to close its doors, Rabbi Ari Schonfeld went online. His eighth-grade class at the northern New Jersey day school missed “one day, maybe two,” before he resumed teaching on Zoom. A week after...

On Covid’s Jewish Frontlines: Leadership During Covid

Rabbi Mordechai Willig By Sandy Eller Posekim are no strangers to dealing with life-and-death questions posed to them by shul rabbanim as various situations arise. But as the pandemic struck, there were numerous instances when Rabbi Mordechai Willig found himself juggling well over a dozen such she’eilot simultaneously, a...

On Covid’s Jewish Frontlines: Of Rabbis and Rebbetzins

Rabbi Jonathan Morgenstern By Steve Lipman About half a year before the pandemic struck in the United States, Rabbi Jonathan Morgenstern, rabbi of the Young Israel of Scarsdale, took part in a study mission to Israel sponsored by a Middle Eastern peace organization. The orientation for the mission included...

On Covid’s Jewish Frontlines: Women Who Took Charge

Sara Lea Wetstein By Steve Lipman Summer began three months early in Baltimore last year. At least it did for a staff member of one Baltimore day school. A native of New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood who has lived in Baltimore for two decades, Sara Lea Wetstein serves...

On Covid’s Jewish Frontlines: From the Medical Trenches

“Rafi” By Steve Lipman During his eight years as an emergency room physician “BC” (Before Covid), Rafi* saw “just about everything.” Heart attacks. Broken bones. Infections. Emotional breakdowns. Standard stuff for the doctors and nurses who staff an ER, the medical profession’s first line of defense for many physical...

On Covid’s Jewish Frontlines: The Final Chesed

Yvette Kaweblum By Steve Lipman During the first weeks of the pandemic, Yvette Kaweblum, a Mexico-born resident of Boca Raton, Florida, rarely left her home; she self-quarantined to keep herself and others safe. Then the elderly mother of a close friend died. And Kaweblum, a founder of the Boca...