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Millions of people, including nearly half a million Americans and 5,000 Israelis, have died from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Jewish community in particular has suffered devastating losses, from rabbis to teachers to Holocaust survivors.
This JTA series, named after a phrase from El Maleh Rachamim, a Jewish prayer for the dead, is dedicated to remembering those we’ve lost due to the pandemic. While traditional Jewish mourning practices may be largely impossible to observe during the coronavirus pandemic, we can still come together here to mourn those we’ve lost.
If you’ve lost someone you loved, whether it is a family member, a friend or a community member, we at JTA want to commemorate them.
Over 1000 people logged in for Bess Soffer’s Zoom funeral. Her children knew she was beloved, but even they were surprised by the turnout. “I knew she was a good friend, but I didn’t know that depth of friendship that she had with so many people all over the country. Everyone felt important when they […]