The airline’s treatment of the passengers, all Orthodox Jews, drew condemnation and accusations of anti-Semitism from Jewish groups.
Lockdowns brought tensions between secular and ultra-Orthodox communities to the boiling point. The political consequences could be felt for years to come.
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“This was amazingly irresponsible,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said of the event in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Several towns with large ultra-Orthodox Jewish populations are seeing coronavirus case rates that are among the highest in New York.
Community leaders said residents have resisted the rules in part because of the influence of President Trump, whose views on masks have been embraced.
Officials see a worrisome indicator in several parts of Brooklyn and Queens after a couple of months of declining or flat transmission.
Hundreds of Jewish pilgrims seeking to travel from Belarus to Ukraine to visit the grave of a revered rabbi were barred from entering because of virus restrictions.
After receiving a complaint, the police descended on the building in Brooklyn and discovered the students. Few were wearing masks.
“The community has taken a tragedy and turned it into a superpower,” said an expert on using plasma to treat people after virus exposure.
The event showed the challenges that officials have faced in addressing the flouting of social distancing in close-knit ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods.
In the New York area, the epidemic has killed influential religious leaders and torn through large, tight-knit families.