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Hungarian Jews to celebrate Rosh Hashanah on a boat as coronavirus cases surge

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18.09.2020

JTA — When Rosh Hashanah begins on Friday night, none of Hungary’s 100,000 Jews will be in a synagogue. Instead, they’ll be on a boat in the Danube River, under tents and atop the deck of a floating hotel — locations chosen to allow open-air prayer during the coronavirus pandemic.

Hungary and many other European countries are seeing a surge in coronavirus infections, and their governments are tightening emergency measures meant to stop the disease’s spread at exactly the time when Jews are set to celebrate the High Holidays.

The Hungarian government banned all worship activities in churches, synagogues and mosques last week as the country started registering about 1,000 new COVID-19 cases a day.

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