Marvin Schick, Advocate for the Orthodox Community, Dies at 85
Marvin Schick, a pioneering advocate for the rights of Orthodox Jews to maintain their religious practices in the places they worked, died on April 23 at his home in Brooklyn. He grew up in an America where Orthodox Jews often faced painful choices in trying to earn a living: turn down jobs that demanded they forgo yarmulkes and remain beyond sunset on the eve of Sabbath or resign themselves to flouting their religious traditions.
Parisian Chef is Making Free Kosher Meals for Jewish Doctors, Nurses
When she’s not busy with her four kids, Ellie Balouka makes colorful salads, creative stuffed baguettes and poke bowls that have become the rave among kosher-keeping locals. The 33-year-old American-born chef has become so popular since starting a kosher catering business last year that now she’s working to open her own kosher restaurant in the French capital. But recently she switched gears after learning that kosher-keeping Jewish doctors and nurses treating coronavirus patients were going empty-handed while their colleagues enjoyed free food from local non-kosher restaurants.
When the Calendar Blurs, Everyone Needs Shabbat. Just Ask the Pope.
For some of us, there is an antidote to this calendrical monotony: Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath. And it has received an endorsement from a most unlikely source, Pope Francis.
How LA’s Orthodox Jews Averted the Worst of the Pandemic
Pandemic life in the Orthodox neighborhoods of Los Angeles resembles that of observant Jewish enclaves across the country. The shuls and schools are closed indefinitely, with Torah study and social programming held on Zoom. At the glatt kosher markets, masks and latex gloves are standard attire. How early and uniformly local Jewish institutions adopted these restrictions may explain why Los Angeles’s Orthodox neighborhoods have not suffered the same losses that Lakewood, Brooklyn, or Monsey have, as relatively few have died.