Coronavirus cupboard approves flights to Ukraine forward of Rosh Hashanah

2021-08-23 04:50:25

The coronavirus cupboard has accepted flights to Uman, Ukraine early Monday morning, Hebrew media reported. 

Passengers touring to Ukraine shall be required to current the results of a damaging corona take a look at carried out as much as 72 hours earlier than the flight. 

Getting back from Ukraine to Israel, returnees shall be required to current a damaging corona take a look at consequence carried out as much as 72 hours previous to boarding.

This new approval comes forward of the Rosh Hashanah vacation, when hundreds of hassidic Jews are set to make the annual pilgrimage to the town of Uman and go to the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov.

Earlier this month, Ukraine’s Deputy Well being Minister Dr. Ihor Kuzin introduced that they’d be easing restrictions for this objective.

JEWISH PILGRIMS pray at the tomb of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov in Uman during the celebration of Rosh Hashanah in September 2017. (credit: VALENTYN OGIRENKO/REUTERS)
JEWISH PILGRIMS pray on the tomb of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov in Uman in the course of the celebration of Rosh Hashanah in September 2017. (credit score: VALENTYN OGIRENKO/REUTERS)

Nonetheless, hundreds of yeshiva college students have already come to Uman, with yeshivot having flown them in for the renewal of research, Ukraine’s Chief Rabbi Yaakov Bleich advised The Jerusalem Submit.

Ukrainian Ambassador to Israel Yevgen Kornichuk had stated in late July that they’d work to permit pilgrims into the nation in a managed method, and had labored behind the scenes with Non secular Providers Minister Matan Kahana to iron out an settlement to permit the pilgrims to go to Uman, ought to the scenario worsen.

The plan to permit pilgrims into Uman this yr has been within the works for months and was first agreed upon in March 2021 in a deal between then-interior minister Arye Deri of the ultra-Orthodox Shas Social gathering and his Ukrainian counterpart Arsen Avakov.

In 2020, Ukraine closed its borders because the nation was hit exhausting by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Regardless of being warned to not, at the least 4,500 Jews flew from Israel to attempt to get to Uman. Round 2,000 made it to the town earlier than the borders closed, whereas the opposite 2,500 have been compelled to remain in Belarus after Ukraine denied them permission to enter.There was vital fear that permitting worshippers to move to Uman could be a extreme COVID-19 threat, as many mass spiritual gatherings have been proven to have the ability to spark outbreaks.This grew to become particularly worrying when following Rosh Hashanah, footage emerged over social media of lots of of Hassidim in each Uman and in Belarus dancing with out carrying masks or adhering to social distancing rules. 
Certainly, shortly after Rosh Hashanah, 13 Israelis getting back from Uman and Belarus have been recognized with COVID-19.

Aaron Reich, Jeremy Sharon, Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman, Herb Keinon and Cnaan Lipshiz/JTA contributed to this report.

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