Azkarah for Novominsker Rebbe ZT”L
This Tuesday, 4 Iyar, April 28,Agudath Israel of America will be hosting an Azkarah in memory of the Novominsker Rebbe, HaRav Yaakov Perlow Z’’TVKL, Rosh Agudas Yisroel, at 7:30 pm EDT.

We will be addressed by members of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah: Harav Shmuel Kamenetsky, Rosh HaYeshiva, Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia; Harav Aharon Feldman, Rosh HaYeshiva, Yeshivas Ner Yisroel of Baltimore; Harav Yosef Frankel, Vyelipoler Rebbe; Harav Elya Brudny, Rosh HaYeshiva, Mir Yeshiva. In addition, we will be addressed by the Rebbe’s son-in-law, HaRav Elisha Horowitz, Rav, Khal Agudas Achim, Lawrence; and the Novominsker Rebbe, HaRav Yehoshua Perlow.
The Azkarah will be chaired by Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Executive Vice President of Agudath Israel of America.

Livestream by clicking here, or use the following call-in numbers:
USA:
774-298-9022
319-527-4510
857-314-9244
718-298-2077 access code 52

UN-PAUSE New York
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a phased plan to “Un-PAUSE” New York. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put forth guidance that states can begin to reopen if hospitalization rates have declined for 14 days. The State is closely monitoring the hospitalization rate, the infection rate, and the number of positive antibody tests, as well as the overall public health impact, and will make adjustments to the plan and other decisions based on these indicators. The Governor shared that New York will reopen in phases to ensure the safety of its residents.

Expanded testing
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the state is expanding diagnostic testing criteria to include more frontline New York workers – a direct result of rapidly increasing diagnostic testing capacity. The expanded criteria will now allow all first responders, health care workers and essential employees to be tested for COVID-19 even if they aren’t symptomatic. The state will continue to expand testing criteria as testing capacity increases.
Governor Cuomo also announced he will issue an Executive Order allowing pharmacists to conduct diagnostic testing for COVID-19. This action will unlock a network of over 5,000 pharmacies as COVID-19 testing locations and help the state build a collection network to meet laboratory capacity and increase overall testing capacity

A Deep Dive Into Unemployment
Councilman Chaim Deutsch has produced a very informative guide on how to apply for unemployment insurance or pandemic unemployment assistance. Click here for the full guide.

Absentee voting
Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order mandating that the NYS Board of Elections mail all registered voters postage-paid applications for an absentee ballot for the upcoming June 23 elections, saying: “No one should have to choose between their health and their civic duty.

Alternate Side Parking
New York City has suspended alternate side of the street parking through May 12. Parking Meters still remain in effect

If you have any questions or would like any further information please feel free to email ysilber@agudah.org and we will do our best to respond.