Prof Vanessa Ochs Speaks On Jewish Ritual During the Pandemic

September 21, 2020

Photo: from the Times of Israel. A socially distanced outdoor service at the Green Road Synagogue, a Modern Orthodox synagogue in Cleveland, Ohio, in August 2020. (Courtesy of Rabbi Binyamin Blau via JTA)

Since the pandemic began, Vanessa Ochs, who studies new Jewish rituals, has been asked to comment on how Jews are adapting rituals to mark holidays that are typically spent either in synagogues or at home, with families. Back in the spring, she addressed Passover practices (coronavirus haggadahs for seders were popular) and now, during the High Holiday season, she weighs in on new ways Jews are fulfilling their obligations to pray and take responsibility for protecting each other during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Professor Ochs has been featured in the Times of Israel, the New York Times, and in two articles in the Jerusalem Post.

You can also listen to Professor Ochs speak more in depth about Jewish rituals in times of Covid here.