Police Surround Shul, Fine Around 100 For Gathering To Daven

Times of Israel

Australian police on Tuesday issued fines to worshipers at a synagogue in Melbourne where a group of Orthodox Jews held Rosh Hashanah services in apparent violation of pandemic lockdown ordinances.

According to local reports, some 100 worshipers gathered inside the synagogue at around 5 a.m. and refused to leave until nightfall.

Police surrounded the synagogue after receiving calls of a suspected mass gathering held in breach of COVID-19 restrictions. A police source told The Age newspaper that officers were not going to force their way into the synagogue and waited for worshipers to come out.

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