Lakewood Rabbonim & Doctors: Do Not Travel Anywhere For Pesach

DO NOT TRAVEL ANYWHERE FOR PESACH – make Pesach here in Lakewood. This applies even if you have been in quarantine for 14 days.

We note, that most Kehillos, including Cleveland, Toronto, Miami, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis and Baltimore, are NOT allowing any visitors, most states have legal travel restrictions, some will arrest people who travel from out of state and who do not enter a BRAND NEW 14 day total quarantine (including keeping away from contact with family members) on arrival to the other state.

We Rabbonim and physicians are fully opposed to any travel over Pesach from the Lakewood area under any circumstances. Do not go to your parents, in-laws or other family members for Pesach, stay home.

This applies to the 1st days, last days and Chol Hamoed alike – we reiterate – STAY HOME.

We strongly call on you to make Pesach in Lakewood. We add that with social distancing rules, and the number of infected growing, you CANNOT count on joining with other local families for Pesach either, so please prepare ahead. If you have an individual question regarding your own personal health or family quarantine circumstances, please call your physician.

Dr. Chone Chaim Lebowitz

Dr. Jonathan Cohen

Dr. Dovid Friedman

Dr. Robert Shanik

Rabbi Yaakov Forchheimer

Rabbi Osher Chaim Lieberman

Rabbi Shmuel Felder

Rabbi Shmuel Meir Katz

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  1. Can we have people from Lakewood? I am making pesach for the first time, was supposed to go to my parents with my sister’s family, but now my sister and her family are coming to me. It’s silly for us both to make pesach and it’s not like we’re bringing in new germs because our kids have been together anyway since school was out. Would this situation be a problem?

    • I’m not sure what is so hard to understand about this but … NO GATHERINGS. You stay home, and your parents and your sister stay home. You are not immune because it is pesach or any other reason. Why are your kids together? Stay in your own home and stay away from each other. You need to keep yourself, your neighbors, and the entire community safe by following the rules. We all do.

  2. This is the most critical and difficult time everyone is facing everyone stay inside and STOP this deadly virus!!!!! Communicate with the internet not in person for now! Be strong ,be safe ????prayers for everyone on this planet ????

  3. I know a lot of young married couples in Lakewood who are still going to parents/ in-laws in Lakewood and tri state area despite what the rabbonim and Drs are saying. These parents who are allowing their children to come are continuing the spread of this deadly virus r”l. I think more of a bang needs to be made from more rabbonim and doctors with explicit instructions that no exceptions can be made at this time as its pikuach nefesh.

  4. This is a difficult time for all humans, Christians as well as all Jewish people need to change or reinvent their holidays without their families .

    Stay home, ssy your prayers and do your part in saving lives. No person wants to harm another person. Take care of your families and Stay home. It’s the law , and itf you believe in G-d you will do the right thing. If not you will have to bear the punishment by possibly causing your own family member I’ll health.

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