The Measles and Other Vaccines – Parent Choice or Public Safety?


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The Measles and Another Symbol of an Entrenched Belief in Entitlement and Acting with Impunity

Earlier offender: The measles virus infected 21 students at Williamsburg’s Yeshiva Kehilath Yakov after its educators permitted an unvaccinated, pre-symptomatic kid infected with the virus to attend class. City health officials on Thursday annouced inspectors discovered that leaders of five other neighborhood yeshivas allowed non-vaccinated youngsters in their classrooms amid a growing outbreak of the disease.

Viral violation: More yeshivas defy city orders, allow unvaccinated students in class amid measles outbreak

Department of Health officials on Thursday announced that leaders of five Williamsburg yeshivas violated an emergency order prohibiting non-vaccinated students from attending school amid a growing outbreak of the measles, which already infected at least 21 youngsters at a sixth yeshiva after educators let a sick kid in class.

The city’s chief physician reiterated the importance of inoculating children against the potentially fatal illness, warning that the disease will continue to claim new victims while Kings County youngsters remain unvaccinated.

“As the city’s doctor, and a pediatrician, I am very concerned that children without the measles vaccination are at unnecessary risk for serious, and potentially fatal symptoms related to measles,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot. “The outbreak is not over, and we will continue to see additional cases as long as unvaccinated students are not properly excluded from attending school.”

The five new offending yeshivas include:

• Bnos Square of Williamsburg at 382 Willoughby Ave. between Bedford Avenue and Spencer Street.

• Bnos Chayil at 712 Wythe Ave. between Keap and Hooper streets.

• Bnos Chayil at 345 Hewes St. between S. Fifth Street and Broadway.

• Tuferes Bnos at 585 Marcy Ave. between Myrtle and Vernon avenues.

• Sieche Kinder at 808 Myrtle Ave. between Marcy and Nostrand avenues.

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Rockland County, NY Legislator Politicizing Measles Instead of Admonishing Constituents Who Don’t Vaccinate

Lawmaker Accuses County Exec Of Politicizing Measles Outbreak

NEW CITY, NY — A Rockland lawmaker is accusing the county executive of politicizing the ongoing measles outbreak, something the county executive forcefully denies. Legislator Aron Wieder, D-District 13, said County Executive Ed Day has used the measles outbreak as a political tool against the Orthodox Jewish community and says he must stop immediately.

In an open letter to Day, Wieder said private schools were already complying with the county Health Department’s request for student immunization records when the cooperation stopped and the threat of steep fines began — all so that the county executive could make it seem that it was him alone that brought about the compliance.

“The truth is that these nine private schools, some of them with small staffs and shoestring budgets, were already 90 percent in compliance before any threat of fines arose,” Wieder wrote. “They had provided the vast majority of student health records and simply needed an additional week to fully complete the information, and they informed the Health Department as such.”

Wieder accused Day of making it seem that it was only because of his efforts that private schools complied and that they would not have had he not intervened.

Day, a Republican, responded, saying Wieder’s statements were incorrect

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Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, Eliezer Rauchberger – Refuses to Cohort With Conservative Jews, Heretics are They?

Eliezer Rauchberger, the deputy mayor of Jerusalem and chairman of the Degel Hatorah party branch in the capital, at the opening of Degel HaTorah's municipal election campaign offices in Jerusalem on October 10, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Eliezer Rauchberger, the deputy mayor of Jerusalem and chairman of the Degel Hatorah party branch in the capital, at the opening of Degel HaTorah’s municipal election campaign offices in Jerusalem on October 10, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Jerusalem ultra-Orthodox deputy mayor won’t speak at Conservative movement venue

JTA — A deputy mayor of Jerusalem refused to attend a real estate conference because it was held in a facility owned by the Conservative movement.

Eliezer Rauchberger, who represents the Haredi Degel Hatorah party and holds the building and planning portfolio on the capital’s city council, had committed to being a keynote speaker Monday at the national convention of the Real Estate Appraisers Association in Israel.

The guesthouse hosts delegations and youth groups affiliated with the Conservative movement.

Rauchberger told Haaretz in an email that he withdrew from the event because “Reform and Conservative [Jews] champion the destruction of Judaism. The people of Israel and residents of Jerusalem, whom I have the honor to serve, are not connected to these movements and do not want them to gain a foothold in the city or within the Jewish people.”


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TIME TO GET NETANYAHU OUT! Selling His Soul to the Ultra-Orthodox

Ultra-Orthodox parties to ‘unequivocally’ back Netanyahu as next PM

United Torah Judaism’s Yaakov Litzman and Shas’s Aryeh Deri meet in Jerusalem, vow not to join Gantz-led coalition ‘under any circumstances’

Shas leader MK Aryeh Deri (right) speaks with United Torah Judaism leader MK Yaakov Litzman (left) during the opening session of the 20th Knesset, March 31, 2015. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

The leaders of the two major ultra-Orthodox political factions, Shas and United Torah Judaism, announced Thursday they were joining forces to ensure that Benjamin Netanyahu wins the April 9 election and forms the next coalition government.

Shas chairman Aryeh Deri and UTJ head Yaakov Litzman met in Deri’s office in Jerusalem on Thursday to begin coordinating their parties’ campaigns.

They vowed to back Netanyahu over rival Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz.

“We continue with all our might to unequivocally support Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and not Gantz,” the two party leaders said in a joint statement after the meeting.

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If They are Not Going to Follow the Laws of the Country, they Should be Prosecuted to Tossed Out

An ultra-Orthodox demonstration against the arrest of an IDF draft-dodger in Jerusalem on March 7, 2019. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)

Ultra-Orthodox anti-draft protesters block Jerusalem roads; 30 arrested

Demonstrators gather at major intersection to rally against draft-dodger’s arrest; footage shows IDF soldier aiming rifle at protesters who called him a ‘Nazi’

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox demonstrators blocked traffic and disrupted the light rail service for several hours Thursday in protest of the arrest of an army draft-dodger from a religious seminary in Jerusalem.

Protesters sat in the street and on the rail tracks at a junction of Jaffa Road, near the main traffic entrance to the city, chanting “We will die and not be drafted.”

Some of the protesters reportedly called police “Nazis.”

Police said 30 people were arrested during the demonstration at the intersection of the Jaffa and Sarei Yisrael streets, near the capital’s Central Bus Station.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews protest in Jerusalem against the arrest of an ultra-Orthodox for draft-dodging on March 7, 2019. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)

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