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20,000 Jewish Teens Take Annual Convention to a New Dimension

In a normal year, Zach Ollivierre, 17, would have been eager to travel cross-country from Mission Viejo, Calif., to Brooklyn, N.Y., and stand in front of thousands of his peers to talk about what’s important to him as a Jewish teen. But when he spoke to a much larger group than ever before, gathered together this year for the 12th annual CTeen Shabbaton, he did it sitting down from home and he did it by video.

The Loving Determination of the Los Angeles Jewish Burial Society

When the coronavirus pandemic spiked in California last month, it brought unprecedented numbers of the deceased to local mortuaries. Yet despite a staffing shortage—also due to the pandemic—the members of the local Chevra Kadisha (Jewish burial society) have been doing everything in their power before and since the surge in fatalities to ensure a proper and timely Jewish burial for everyone who needs one.