Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has responded to the latest figures showing that at least 20 members of the Jewish community have died after contracting the COVID-19 virus.
Marie said: “The Coronavirus outbreak is a devastating national and international tragedy and these figures show that our community is not immune. Our hearts go out to all those who have lost loved ones and those who are caring for the sick. There is no higher value in Judaism than preserving life, so please, do everything you can to follow the Government’s guidelines and stay home unless you absolutely cannot. For our part at the Board of Deputies, we care about communities large and small and we are doing all we can to maximise the continuity of Jewish life through this process and ensure we can celebrate a happy and healthy Pesach. We will get through this, but it needs everyone to play their part.”