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Bennett says COVID booster shots helping prevent holiday lockdown

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, on September 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, Pool)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, on September 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, Pool)

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett says the government’s COVID-19 booster vaccination drive will help allow the country to avoid a full lockdown during the coming Jewish holiday season.

Religious and secular Israelis alike mark the Jewish new year with Rosh Hashanah starting tomorrow night. Jews will also observe the fast day of Yom Kippur and the weeklong Sukkot festival over the next few weeks.

The holiday season is marked by traditional family gatherings as well as packed services in synagogues. The government has urged families to avoid large gatherings. And synagogue prayers will be limited to small groups of vaccinated people.

Bennett tells the cabinet today that unvaccinated children shouldn’t be brought to synagogues.

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