Religious academy – Odessa Sem http://odessasem.com/ Sun, 19 Sep 2021 01:31:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 http://odessasem.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-25T201706.303-150x150.png Religious academy – Odessa Sem http://odessasem.com/ 32 32 Private schools with anti-LGBTQ + policies in North Carolina get millions http://odessasem.com/private-schools-with-anti-lgbtq-policies-in-north-carolina-get-millions/ http://odessasem.com/private-schools-with-anti-lgbtq-policies-in-north-carolina-get-millions/#respond Sun, 19 Sep 2021 00:47:06 +0000 http://odessasem.com/private-schools-with-anti-lgbtq-policies-in-north-carolina-get-millions/ CHARLOTTE NC – In a unanimous vote Monday, Charlotte, North Carolina City Council passed a non-discrimination ordinance that would establish clear protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity , natural hairstyling and more in key areas of life, including public spaces and private employment. Speaking to reporters after the ordinance was passed, Charlotte […]]]>

CHARLOTTE NC – In a unanimous vote Monday, Charlotte, North Carolina City Council passed a non-discrimination ordinance that would establish clear protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity , natural hairstyling and more in key areas of life, including public spaces and private employment.

Speaking to reporters after the ordinance was passed, Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles said she was delighted the city council vote resulted in the best decision for the city.

“When you look at the track record of this council to have authentic debates on things that will make a difference in this community, they’ve stepped up and done it in every way and I’m really grateful for that,” WCNC reported. NBC 36 Charlotte.

In an email, Adam Polaski, communications director for Asheville, North Carolina, based at Campaign for Southern Equality, an LGBTQ + rights group, said the adoption unanimously – and with the bipartisan support – for a non-discrimination ordinance that protects LGBTQ residents has been a major turnaround since 2016, when the Council’s Non-Discrimination Ordinance was passed and triggered the adoption of HB2 by the General Assembly from North Carolina.

HB2, at the time, was the worst anti-LGBTQ bill in the country, specifically targeting transgender people. It was ostensibly written to require people to use public toilets corresponding to their birth sex, although it also includes a host of other anti-LGBTQ components.

The law sparked a wave of criticism from state lawmakers. And in addition to the blow to NC’s image, the bill cost the state an estimated $ 3.76 billion in economic activity as businesses, sports leagues and artists avoided NC after it was passed. .

“Tonight is a victory, not only for the LGBTQ community, but for all Charlotteans. We are only as strong as the least protected, and this expanded ordinance is an important step towards equality in the queen city. We applaud City Council for its bipartisan collaboration in passing this comprehensive ordinance and honor the advocates who have tirelessly sacrificed themselves for this moment, ”Bethany Corrigan, executive director of Transcend Charlotte said in a statement.

There was this reaction from Rell Lowery, director of community outreach for Charlotte Black Pride, who said:

“Charlotte is the second most dangerous city in the country for transgender and gender non-conforming people, especially black transgender women. With today’s vote, Charlotte City Council is committed to making the city a safer place to live and work for LGBTQ people and people of color. It’s an important and long-awaited moment, which grants LGBTQ Charlotteans the legal protections we have always needed and deserved. “

Charlotte’s new bill will make it illegal to discriminate against people on grounds such as their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family status, veteran status, pregnancy, or natural hairstyle. . The new bill does not regulate bathrooms, WCNC also reported

As part of the protections against discrimination, it will also extend to employment that applies to all employers in the city of Charlotte, even those with fewer than 15 employees.

“Throughout 2021, communities have come together to say that no one should face discrimination – and tonight’s vote in Charlotte will double that undeniable momentum for LGBTQ equality. The adoption of these protections, which include provisions for natural hair, sexual orientation and gender identity, indicates strong progress in racial and social justice, ”said Kendra R. Johnson, Executive Director of ‘Equality NC. “Small towns, mid-sized towns, counties and now the largest city in North Carolina have all taken action to protect LGBTQ people and illustrate that the NC is ready for these protections statewide.”

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Low COVID-19 Positivity Rates Sparks Cautious Optimism on College Campuses http://odessasem.com/low-covid-19-positivity-rates-sparks-cautious-optimism-on-college-campuses/ http://odessasem.com/low-covid-19-positivity-rates-sparks-cautious-optimism-on-college-campuses/#respond Sat, 18 Sep 2021 10:00:42 +0000 http://odessasem.com/low-covid-19-positivity-rates-sparks-cautious-optimism-on-college-campuses/ A cautious version of normalcy drives Long Island college campuses, but the experience of higher education for tens of thousands of students is still tied to the protocols of the COVID-19 pandemic. In-person classes, clubs and even carnivals are back this semester – after much distance education last school year – and most weekends back […]]]>

A cautious version of normalcy drives Long Island college campuses, but the experience of higher education for tens of thousands of students is still tied to the protocols of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In-person classes, clubs and even carnivals are back this semester – after much distance education last school year – and most weekends back home and with family are at the time. The supporters are back in the stands of the stadium. But masking and vaccination warrants, capacity limits for indoor gatherings and some outdoor events, health checks and temperature checks, as well as regular testing of the unvaccinated, remain in place on some campuses for ward off the threat of epidemics.

Some campuses are reporting dozens of COVID-19 cases in the first few weeks of the semester, but positivity rates remain well below those outside campus gates.

“We are confident, but also very cautious, as we monitor where the pandemic numbers are heading around us,” Adelphi University spokesman Todd Wilson said.

Garden City University, which requires students to be vaccinated, has 25 cases of COVID-19, with 42 other students in quarantine, as reported on its coronavirus monitoring dashboard. The positivity rate on Friday was 0.4%, compared to Long Island’s positivity rate of 4.1%, according to the state’s most recent seven-day follow-up data.

The United States Merchant Navy Academy at Kings Point, where an outbreak forced nearly 800 midshipmen into quarantine and virtual training in early last spring, canceled homecoming events on the campus and parent weekends scheduled for fall. More than 20 students had tested positive for COVID-19 this semester as of August 30.

“Our experience with COVID is that once it’s on campus, it’s difficult to control and eradicate, and it’s extremely disruptive to the quality of life of our aspirants,” the Academy Superintendent said. Jack Buono in an August 30 press release announcing the cancellations. and a dining room policy requiring vaccination before entry.

In the first three weeks at Stony Brook University, 38 students, 28 employees and 87 employees of Stony Brook Medicine tested positive for COVID-19, but the overall positivity rate of students in the past two weeks is lower at 1%, according to COVID- from the university. 19 dashboard.

Students of the SUNY system, including Stony Brook, Farmingdale State College, SUNY Old Westbury, Empire State College, and Nassau and Suffolk Community Colleges, have until Friday to post proof of vaccination or get an exemption. SUNY Old Westbury had nine cases of active students and one case of active employee for a 0.22% positivity rate, according to its scorecard, while 20 students were in isolation at Farmingdale State, according to the SUNY COVID-tracker. 19.

Traditional events like the Wolfieland Carnival, canceled last year, are back on the Stony Brook campus. Last Saturday it drew more than 4,000 students to its rides, games and food vendors, said Devin Lobosco, 18, a sophomore from Bayside, Queens, who is a premier student government senator. cycle.

“We took our steps to keep everyone safe, and the turnout was much higher than expected, which was wonderful,” he said, noting that most of the students were masked. The campus is still not as vibrant as it was told it was before its freshman year, when almost all of its classes were virtual, but it’s coming back, he said.

“From what I’ve heard we’re slowly making this comeback,” Lobosco said, adding that interest in the clubs is growing now that they’re in person. “I really see that people are more comfortable going out.”

High vaccination rates in Hofstra

At Hofstra University, where vaccines are mandatory for students and employees, vaccination rates are high, allowing the Hempstead campus to “operate as close to normal as possible this fall, with health and safety protocols. additional security, ”spokeswoman Karla Schuster said. Masking is mandatory indoors and “in addition, we check the immunization status of participants at academic indoor events,” she said.

The Hofstra COVID-19 dashboard for the week of September 4-10 showed 67 positives for returning students, roughly half of the tests on campus. Four employees also tested positive.

St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, which had 10 self-reported cases of COVID-19, began testing on campus on Thursday. All unvaccinated students and faculty who have received medical or religious exemptions from the vaccination mandate will be tested weekly, spokeswoman Jessica McAleer said.

While most classes are in-person, clubs are encouraged to meet virtually, she said, and while the college will host large-scale events such as the Nomination and the Golden Eagles Spirit Fest, they will be outdoors and at a slower pace than normal. density. Indoor and outdoor sporting events will require masks and social distancing, she said, adding: “There will be no tailgating allowed.”

Taylor Damian, spokesperson for Adelphi, said the residences were at 98% capacity and noted the university went beyond state guidelines in imposing social distancing rules, limiting gatherings indoors at 50 where social distancing was not possible, and 50% capacity outdoors and indoor venues and events. These protocols will be reviewed Oct. 1 “for possible modification based on trends in infection data from the county and the university,” she said.

Meanwhile, she said, October Spirit Weekend will be a mix of in-person and online events, including Spirit Carnival, class reunions and a casino night.

On the Long Island University CW Post’s Brookville campus, students and employees are required to display proof of vaccination by September 24, wear masks indoors, and get tested regularly if they have a medical exemption or religious vaccination. Classes, events, organizations and sports are back in person and in accordance with the school’s goal “to make our campus, classrooms and facilities feel normal for students while adhering to all protocols. appropriate to ensure the safety of all, “said Maureen Cronin, spokesperson. .

The university was the only one on Long Island to require most faculty to teach in person throughout 2020-2021, with the exception of a few weeks of distance learning after a COVID-19 outbreak. The school’s COVID-19 dashboard shows three positive results among students, out of 105 tests administered in the week ending September 17.

At Five Towns College in Dix Hills, students and faculty must be vaccinated by September 30.

Some schools do not publish dashboards

While some campuses display COVID-19 dashboards showing current tests and positive test results, others, including Molloy College and the New York Institute of Technology, do not.

Molloy College will update its community weekly, said spokesperson Ken Young, who added that the college is trying to restore a sense of normalcy with events such as its unmasked outdoor back-to-school party, travel including one at Medieval Times and an open house. in November with masking inside.

Young said Molloy, where vaccines are mandatory for students and employees, had 14 positive tests from people across all of Molloy’s sites. The college does not specify whether they are students, faculty, or staff.

NYIT Chief Medical Officer Dr Brian Harper said submission of COVID-19-related data is no longer required by New York State, which no longer publishes COVID-19 cases at school other than those of the SUNY system.

“If this becomes a requirement again, New York Tech will certainly comply with the provision of this information,” said Harper. “We expect our masking and vaccine requirements, in addition to our daily medical screening, to reduce the likelihood of the coronavirus spreading on our campus. “

Meanwhile, Tiffani Blake, NYIT’s assistant vice-president for student development and engagement, said the campus, where vaccines are mandatory for students and employees, now has a very different feel to it. the last academic year.

“The parking lots weren’t full last year, the living rooms weren’t full, the dining rooms weren’t full. There were plenty of seats everywhere,” Blake said. “This year, the car parks are full… We can see the dynamism in the dining rooms, the students in clusters discussing among themselves. There is an effervescence and a beautiful synergy.

“It looks like a campus,” she said.

What there is to know

Long Island colleges and universities require vaccines for students – and, with a few exceptions, for faculty and staff as well. COVID-19 positivity rates among students and employees are lower than rates in all of Nassau and Suffolk counties.

The instruction is always a mixture of remote control, hybrid and in-person classes, but with significantly more in-person classes available this semester than in 2020-2021.

While some major events are virtual, many events canceled last year, like reunions and parent weekends, are back on most campuses.

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Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy Members Revisit Honolulu For http://odessasem.com/tai-ji-men-qigong-academy-members-revisit-honolulu-for/ http://odessasem.com/tai-ji-men-qigong-academy-members-revisit-honolulu-for/#respond Fri, 17 Sep 2021 20:00:00 +0000 http://odessasem.com/tai-ji-men-qigong-academy-members-revisit-honolulu-for/ HONOLULU, September 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – To honor the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, various commemorative events took place in the United States. Twenty three Tai Ji Men Members traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii, September 3-5 to reflect on this historic day and the importance of peace. They also celebrated September 15 as […]]]>

HONOLULU, September 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – To honor the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, various commemorative events took place in the United States. Twenty three Tai Ji Men Members traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii, September 3-5 to reflect on this historic day and the importance of peace. They also celebrated September 15 as the International Day of Love and Peace, as well as the 20th anniversary of Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy and Dr. Hong Tao Tze Day in Honolulu. The group visited different places to promote the idea of ​​conscience, love and peace, including Honolulu City Hall, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Honolulu, Honolulu Chinatown, Diamond Head , Dole Plantation, the Pacific National Memorial Cemetery, Waikiki Beach, and Pearl Harbor.

Dr Hong, Tao-Tze, the head of Tai Ji Men, Ms. Hong and members of Tai Ji Men were invited to the 54th Annual DPI / NGO Conference in September 2001, and they witnessed the September 11 terrorist attacks. During these difficult times Tai Ji Men hosted ceremonies ringing the bell of peace and love in the world in New York and Honolulu to pacify people’s hearts and pray for the United States and the world, and visionary leaders from all walks of life were invited to ring the bell and make wishes of peace.

At that time, New York was in chaos and the world was under threat of further terrorist attacks. The iconic WWII port, Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, was to be the next target, and many people sought to evacuate the country. Tai Ji Men had been invited to participate in the Aloha Parade before the September 11 attacks. Dr Hong, Mrs Hong and the Tai Ji Men the members, as martial artists, were adamant that they would fly to Hawaii as promised, no matter what the odds. Due to numerous flight cancellations, the group waited at the airport every day until they could finally make it to Hawaii on the 15th and 16th on separate flights. Despite the cancellation of the Parade, the delegation still held “A night of ancient culture“, a cultural celebration and ancient ringing ceremony to pray for Hawaii, the United States and the world, at the Hawaii Theater Center on September 16.

430 Tai Ji Men members were supposed to take part in the parade, but only 36 were able to make it to Hawaii to perform at the theater. Their sincere, peaceful and righteous performances made nearly 1,000 people cry. Jennifer Hung, a Tai Ji Men A member who returned to Hawaii 20 years later recalled: “When everyone closed their eyes, they silently and sincerely prayed that there would be no more terrorist attacks, that the living would be comforted. and may the souls of the dead rest in peace. At the end of the event, many people were very touched and congratulated us on our fearlessness and selflessness. “

During the ringing ceremony on September 16, 2001, Dr. Hong explained the significance of the ceremony, “The peaceful sound of the bell brings the blessing of peace and stability. All living creatures in the world are our brothers and sisters. It is with a heavy heart that we pay tribute to the victims of September 11. Global solidarity and cooperation is an urgent imperative, and with the sincere care of the heart, we can resolve the world’s pain and rekindle the hope of life. Dr. Hong expressed his prayers for the 9/11 attacks: “May the souls of the deceased rest in peace, and I lead my followers to pray with the world with a sincere heart and the powerful energy of righteous auspicious training. . resolve hate and conflict with love. Representatives of many religions and walks of life have been invited to join in the prayer for Hawaii, the United States and the world.

Then Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris expressed appreciation for Tai Ji Men’s contributions to world peace and praised Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze for being “an outstanding leader who conveys the philosophy yin and yang and champions the concept of physical, spiritual and mental health. Mayor Harris also commended the cultural goodwill group organized by Dr Hong for strengthening relations between countries and cultures through exchanges On September 16, 2001, he proclaimed Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy and Dr. Hong Tao Tze Day in Honolulu City and County.

Tai Ji MenThe leader and members of the, have consoled the hearts of the people with cultural performances full of love and peace in the wake of the terrorist atrocities. Twenty years later, Tai Ji Men have returned to Hawaii, and now the world is grappling with the impact of pandemic, natural disasters, and war. With the belief that conscience is the source of love, they promoted International Conscience Day in Honolulu and emphasized that conscience leads to good governance and that with conscience-based politics, people will be blessed. They sang peaceful songs at various tourist attractions, hoping that the citizens of the world will work together to overcome the pandemic with conscience.

“When we sing, we think of true love and peace for everyone,” Tai Ji Men member Nunu Tun said, adding, “We hope everyone can go back to the origin, which is a peaceful world. We bring the energy of love and peace to every corner of Honolulu again by singing songs like “Love and Peace Song”,Love of the world,’ and love.'”

“Twenty years ago my parents were members of a goodwill cultural group that was supposed to visit Honolulu for cultural exchanges, but they couldn’t do it because of the September 11 attacks,” recalls Alan Shih. . “It’s a real shame. I am delighted to be in Honolulu today and I bring best wishes from my parents and all my Tai Ji Men brothers and sisters of this city. I pray that the world will be filled with love and peace, that everyone will act with conscience and that each family will be happy.

Another Tai Ji Men Member Ying-fen Chang said, “We also went to Hawaii with the aim of drawing international attention to the importance of protect religious freedom and human rights. The sacred land of Tai Ji Men was illegally auctioned and forcibly confiscated by the Taiwanese government on August 21, 2020, gravely violating the freedom of belief of Tai Ji Men members and their right to choose their own path of self. culture. It became a shocking case of human rights violations in the world.”

The NGO CAP-LC (Coordination of Associations and Individuals for the Freedom of Conscience) accredited by ECOSOC submitted a written statement about Tai Ji Men case and other unfair cases at the United Nations Human Rights Council, indicating that in various countries taxation has been used as a weapon to discriminate against religious and spiritual minorities.

On September 3, members of Tai Ji Men and Action Alliance to Repair 1219 demonstrated outside the Taipei Economic and Cultural Bureau in Honolulu, delivering a petition letter to Tseng Yong-Kwang, the bureau’s general manager, asking him to send their message to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. They were received by Bureau Director Joffrey Han on his behalf. Tai Ji Men members urged President Tsai to lead her administration to truly rectify the Tai Ji Men case, revoke the illegal 1992 tax bill, and return the illegally confiscated land to Tai Ji Men as soon as possible. Director Han said he would let the general manager know about their message.

On September 4 and 5, members of Tai Ji Men and Action Alliance to Repair 1219 continued to hold placards at various attractions in Honolulu to protest the persecution of Tai Ji Men for a quarter of a century by a few rogue Taiwanese bureaucrats, and many Honolulu residents expressed support for the protest and called for an early resolution of the Tai Ji Men case. Tai Ji Men members sincerely hope that everyone’s conscience will be awakened, that there will be no more cases of injustice, and that the world will be filled with love and peace!

Tai Ji Men Qi Gong Academy: Tai Ji Men is an ancient menpai (school-like) of qigong, martial arts and self-cultivation. He perpetuated the wisdom of Taoist philosophy, one of the highest philosophies of mankind. It is an international non-profit cultural organization. His contemporary zhang-men-ren (grand master), Dr Hong, Tao-Tze established the Tai Ji Men Qi Gong Academy in 1966, and since then it has grown to 15 academies around the world.

Dr. Hong teaches his dizi (discipleship-like) methods for achieving physical, mental and spiritual balance, and tens of thousands of families have benefited from his teaching. In Tai Ji Men, martial arts and wisdom were passed down from the shifu (master) to his dizi. Through this secular tradition, the shifu and the dizi promote Tai Ji Men culture and martial arts across the world while embodying what is true, good and beautiful and spreading the ideas of conscience, love and peace. Over the past half century, the shifu and dizi have self-funded trips to more than 300 cities in 101 countries to organize more than 3,000 shows and cultural exchanges and have been recognized as “international ambassadors of peace and goodwill. “

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Interfaith group celebrates 20th anniversary with series of panels – Daily Breeze http://odessasem.com/interfaith-group-celebrates-20th-anniversary-with-series-of-panels-daily-breeze/ http://odessasem.com/interfaith-group-celebrates-20th-anniversary-with-series-of-panels-daily-breeze/#respond Thu, 16 Sep 2021 23:58:36 +0000 http://odessasem.com/interfaith-group-celebrates-20th-anniversary-with-series-of-panels-daily-breeze/ by Bob Rothman, Contributing Writer Who would have thought twenty years ago, after the 9/11 attacks, that Dawn Unity would celebrate 20 years of interfaith education? Some things are constant and others have changed over the course of our existence. We remain committed to educating people about the beliefs of their neighbors through scholarly discussions […]]]>

by Bob Rothman, Contributing Writer

Who would have thought twenty years ago, after the 9/11 attacks, that Dawn Unity would celebrate 20 years of interfaith education? Some things are constant and others have changed over the course of our existence. We remain committed to educating people about the beliefs of their neighbors through scholarly discussions by qualified representatives of their religions. And we are committed to doing so with respect for all religions and their followers.

Some believe that the interfaith goal is to condense religion into a common religion. This is completely wrong. Every religion has a richness and beauty that has developed over the centuries, and Dawn’s goal is to bring them out and use them to enrich our lives. We are now listed by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as an interfaith resource. Other organizations in the greater Los Angeles area have also expressed interest in our programming, so we will be live streaming all events to reach a wider audience thanks to the generosity of Drew Tyler. I remain privileged to be the moderator of all events.

Here is our lineup for Dawn Unity Group’s Interfaith Discovery Series for the 2021-22 season:

October 19, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. Four members of the clergy and I, all participating in this first panel in 2001, will reflect on Dawn’s story and then delve into the theme of the evening: “The Imperfect Families of Genesis.” This is a rich subject because the Hebrew Bible shows that the founding patriarchs and matriarchs were very imperfect people whose flaws are presented as well as their faith and piety leading them to be revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims today. ‘hui. Two members of the clergy remain in the same chairs, Mgr. David Sork at St. John Fisher and Reverend Jonathan Chute at Rolling Hills UMC, and two have changed – Rabbi Ron Shulman at the Beth El congregation in La Jolla and Reverend Reinhard Krauss now executive director of the Academy for the Jews, Christians and Muslims. Studies. The panel will meet at the site of the 2001 inaugural panel: St. John Fisher Catholic Church, 5448 Crest Rd.

January 18, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. The second panel will be “” Rites of Passage “at Congregation Ner Tamid, 5721 Crestridge Rd., To Rev. April Herron, Rolling Hills UMC, Rabbi Joel Rembaum, Congregation Ner Tamid, and Bro. Alexei Smith, Archdiocese of Los Angeles will compare the rites of their religions for life cycle events When does childhood end and adult responsibility begin? When is someone recognized as a member of the faith? to marry and what religious commitments are made during the wedding ceremony? What does it take to be lay and clergy leaders?

March 8, 2022, at 7:30 p.m.. “Interfaith Accomplishments Past and Present” will be explored at Rolling Hills UMC, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd by a panel comprised of Reverend Jonathan Chute, Rolling Hills UMC, Chancellor Michael Engh, Loyola Marymount University, Dean Jihad Turk, Bayan Claremont and Rabbi Zachary Zysman, Loyola Marymount University. The topic will give us the opportunity to review the progress made in our community, nation and the world. Do people develop genuine respect for others, or is political correctness the driving force? Who has benefited and what have been the contributions of community, religious and political leaders? Has the modern digital age of instant global communication been a positive or negative factor?

May 17, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. Our fourth panel will be “Am I my brother’s keeper? Will be presented at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5845 Crestridge Rd. Panelists will be Rabbi Cassie Kail, Temple Beth El, Chaplain Laura Krauss, St. Joseph Hospital, Bro. Paul Joseph Spellman, Catholic Church St. Margaret Mary, and President Joseph Whitaker, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. What is our responsibility to help those in need? What are the roles of individuals, congregations, non-religious organizations, and government? Is there coordination or do they act independently? How important is the personal bond between the donor and the recipient? How to value the contribution of those who write checks over those who donate their work since both are essential to success? How important is donor recognition as a motivator?

Our annual Interfaith Bible Conference will be “Jesus Through Christian and Jewish Lenses” on Sunday April 24, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at Rolling Hills UMC, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd. Reverend Reinhard Krauss, executive director of the Academy of Jewish, Christian and Islamic Studies, and Rabbi Joel Rembaum of the Ner Tamid congregation are two highly qualified religious scholars. The subject is fundamental to define the theology of each of the two religions which are intimately linked by common origins and writings. Many Christians want to understand why the Jews do not view Jesus as divine, and conversely, many Jews wonder why he is divine to Christians. We have to start in a first century mindset and then move through the centuries until today.

Bob Rothman is the founder and chairman of the Dawn Unity Group.

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There’s a new social media challenge that could get kids arrested http://odessasem.com/theres-a-new-social-media-challenge-that-could-get-kids-arrested/ http://odessasem.com/theres-a-new-social-media-challenge-that-could-get-kids-arrested/#respond Thu, 16 Sep 2021 19:25:52 +0000 http://odessasem.com/theres-a-new-social-media-challenge-that-could-get-kids-arrested/ I was an idiot as a teenager and Mom and Dad Murray can confirm that. Listen to Nicole Murray midday on 94.3 The Point and download our free 94.3 The Point app. So I guess making stupid mistakes has sort of become a right of passage into adulthood. But I’m also super thankful that I […]]]>

I was an idiot as a teenager and Mom and Dad Murray can confirm that.

Listen to Nicole Murray midday on 94.3 The Point and download our free 94.3 The Point app.

So I guess making stupid mistakes has sort of become a right of passage into adulthood.

But I’m also super thankful that I didn’t grow up in a world with social media.

There have been a countless number of dangerous challenges that have gone viral for a reason: Kids are looking for likes, followers, and instantly becoming famous on social media.

I can’t believe it but there is ANOTHER new viral social media challenge parents should be worried about.

If your child completes it, they could face legal consequences.

But first, let me remind you of other social media trends to tell your kids that have also recently gone viral:

Dangerous and Harmful Social Media Challenges Parents Should Be Aware of

You have to know them before you can do anything about them.

But now the most recent trend … it’s called the Devious Lick Trend, but it actually has nothing to do with the use of language.

In teenage parlance, “licks” are “a successful type of theft that translates into acceptable, impressive and rewarding pay,” such as video views, followers, and overall social media influence.

All this according to UrbanDictionary.com.

So yes, kids steal things and then post about them. It basically sounds like an idea taken from the “world’s dumbest criminals”.

Teens take things like face masks, exit signs, traffic signs, school properties, and soap dispensers.

Uhhh…. what the hell can be done with a stolen soap dispenser?

Schools are aware of this trend and have issued warnings across the country that any student caught stealing school property will be arrested.

here is a VIDEO registered as a warning went through a school’s announcement system.

“For those who participate, please know that when we catch you, we will discipline you to the greatest extent possible and you will be arrested and you will be responsible for any pecuniary damage that has been caused,” the school administrator said. . “Due to the antics of a few, we don’t have soap in any of the boys’ toilets … and we don’t have soap dispensers anymore, so you won’t be able to wash your hands thoroughly.”

“Soap dispensers, exit signs, firefighter safety signs and classroom phones are just a few of the items that have been removed and stolen this week,” another school said. “We love our Seahawks and we don’t want any of them arrested so PLEASE talk to your kids. If they are participating in this activity you will hear from an administrator and our school resource manager. Let’s work together to end this now.

And if you can’t get your child to understand why this tendency is such a bad idea, tell them that they would steal for no reason.

TikTok announced that they will remove all videos with any of the following hashtags: #devious, #licks, #deviouslicks or whatever.

They would therefore risk being arrested for no reason because the video would not be published long enough for them to go viral or become famous on TikTok.

“We expect our community to stay safe and create responsibly, and we do not allow content that promotes or allows criminal activity. We remove this content and redirect hashtags and search results to our community guidelines to discourage such behavior, ”said a representative from TikTok.

You can consult all the information about this Devious Licks Challenge on NJ.com.

I’m not a parent, but I was once a silly teenager and to this day I’m so grateful to my parents for sitting down and having conversations with me about issues like this.

Did they manage to keep me out of serious trouble? Kind of.

But imagine how good it would have been if they hadn’t guided me at all. EEK!

Stay safe and ignore these social media challenges!

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Below, find out where 25 of history’s most infamous crimes took place – and what the locations are for today. (If they remained standing.)

These are the 25 Best Places to Live in New Jersey

Stacker has compiled a list of the best places to live in New Jersey using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, healthcare, recreation, and weather. Cities, suburbs and villages have been included. Ads and images are from realtor.com.

On the list, there is a solid mix of offerings ranging from large schools and nightlife to public and pedestrian parks. Some regions have experienced rapid growth thanks to the establishment of new businesses in the region, while others offer a glimpse into the history of the region with well-preserved architecture and museums. Read on to see if your hometown makes the list.

The 25 Most Dangerous Roads in New Jersey

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GATRs abound in North Fork http://odessasem.com/gatrs-abound-in-north-fork/ http://odessasem.com/gatrs-abound-in-north-fork/#respond Wed, 15 Sep 2021 21:39:01 +0000 http://odessasem.com/gatrs-abound-in-north-fork/ What a glorious week! Hot and sunny, then the smoke from the west returned and the week ended with a heavy nighttime rain. The beautiful weather was perfect for end-of-season social events – two GATRs (Gather at the River) and a fish fry. served with great food – grilled meats including steaks, burgers and hot […]]]>


What a glorious week! Hot and sunny, then the smoke from the west returned and the week ended with a heavy nighttime rain.

The beautiful weather was perfect for end-of-season social events – two GATRs (Gather at the River) and a fish fry. served with great food – grilled meats including steaks, burgers and hot dogs and, as usual, a wide variety of side dishes. North Fork’s diverse population always makes these events fun and interesting. We have people from all walks of life. We have doctors, lawyers, university professors, businessmen (and women) and workers from a wide variety of backgrounds. The only group that I have never seen represented are the nudists but I keep my eyes open. I suspect mosquitoes and horseflies keep them covered.

I also attended a wonderful fish fry at Gary Byers’ compound. Wes Martin brought home a big mess of Alaskan Halibut and he, his brother Charlie, and his friend Larry Hoerner did a masterful job smoking them on the grill and in a deep fryer. Again there were a ton of side dishes and desserts. I really enjoyed the halibut, but also visiting my fellow teacher Allen Jacobson as well as alumni.

Finally, the Ray Hart Resort GATR, sponsored by Molly Shepherd, Ruth and Larry Kinsolving and over 40 guests, combined all of the above – great food, great people and lots of laughs.

An additional ingredient was recognition of Ray Hart, not only as a friend and neighbor, but as an academic. Few North Forkers know much about his professional life except that he taught religion. Many of us knew he taught religion at the University of Montana and had left him to go to Boston University.

Few of us knew that he was chair of the religion department, director of the graduate studies division, and dean of the School of Theology. He also co-founded departments of religion at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Arizona, New Mexico, Princeton, New York, and Florida.

The American Academy of Religion now bestows an honor, the “Ray L Hart Service Award” each year in recognition of its importance in the field of religious studies.

Obviously, an exceptional man in his field. Further awards are to come as he also founded two academic chairs at McGill University in Montreal, Canada in Philosophy of Religion.

Next week, the story of an alleged North Fork nudist 30 years ago.

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WSU’s Nick Rolovich Remains Mom With Time Passing To Follow COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate http://odessasem.com/wsus-nick-rolovich-remains-mom-with-time-passing-to-follow-covid-19-vaccine-mandate/ http://odessasem.com/wsus-nick-rolovich-remains-mom-with-time-passing-to-follow-covid-19-vaccine-mandate/#respond Mon, 13 Sep 2021 23:43:42 +0000 http://odessasem.com/wsus-nick-rolovich-remains-mom-with-time-passing-to-follow-covid-19-vaccine-mandate/ Monday was the deadline for Nick Rolovich to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and stay on track to be fully vaccinated by Gov. Jay Inslee, Oct. 18 deadline for public, private and charter school employees, but The Washington state football coach still isn’t elaborating on his vaccine status. “I always anticipate what I said,” he […]]]>

Monday was the deadline for Nick Rolovich to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and stay on track to be fully vaccinated by Gov. Jay Inslee, Oct. 18 deadline for public, private and charter school employees, but The Washington state football coach still isn’t elaborating on his vaccine status.

“I always anticipate what I said,” he told reporters Monday during his weekly press conference via Zoom. “Follow the mandate and do what I need to be the coach. That’s all I can really say about it.

Rolovich, who is the highest-paid state employee in Washington with $ 3.2 million a year, announced in July that he had chosen not to be vaccinated against COVID-19 “for reasons which will remain private “.

He was pressed Monday by reporters and continued to be a mom.

When asked if he would seek a religious or medical exemption, he replied, “I’m not going to talk about it.

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Guidelines announced by Gov. Jay Inslee in mid-August stated that all higher education faculty, staff and contractors were to be fully immunized by October 18. The deadline for receiving the first dose of Moderna passed last week. The last day to receive the Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine would be October 4.

Rolovich missed Pac-12 football media day in July, the only coach not to attend. On August 18, Inslee’s tenure imposed full vaccination as a condition of employment.

The exemptions were limited for medical and religious reasons, with personal reasons being rejected as an exemption in Washington. On Monday, Rolovich continued to evade questions about his reluctance or to elaborate on his status.

Rolovich was pressed by Chris Daniels of KING 5 during the Zoom call:

Question: Have you received your shot or have you scheduled your shot?

A: Yeah, I’m not going to talk about that, Chris. I understand what you are trying to do, but …

Question: Are you looking for a religious or medical exemption?

A: I’m not going to talk about it either, Chris.

Question: What was your reluctance to talk about it or more to come?

A: I don’t know if it’s… very positive to dig deeper with the media, how it’s going, so I’m just going to try to keep that to myself and focus on being the coach. here.

Question: But I think you can understand that you are the highest paid government employee, and that there are fans, teachers and students who are upset with your position on this and your lack of understanding. reasons why you didn’t say you got hit or not. How do you respond to people who are upset with your position on this?

A: Uh… I’m sorry. I don’t know what else to say here.

Question: Well, there are people who have said that you should be suspended or fired by Washington State University because of your absence, your lack of a statement about it, whether you are going to get shot or not.

A: OKAY.

Question: I mean there are people who are upset and would like the highest paid employee in the state to tell them whether or not they are going to get the vaccine.

A: Okay, I understand that.

Question: So again, I’m going to… are you going to take your photo or have you scheduled your photo?

A: I’m not going to answer that, Chris, and we’ll go ahead with USC at this point.

The WSU, along with other professional college and Division I teams in Washington, have announced a mandate to vaccinate fans, or test negative within 72 hours, to attend football games. This mandate for Cougars spectators will come into effect on October 9.

It didn’t inspire Rolovich to be more open.

Also on Monday, Billy Ray Stutzmann, the brother of Washington state offensive coordinator Craig Stutzmann, was fired from his post as assistant coach at the Naval Academy for non-vaccination or exemption.

In August, the Pentagon announced that members of the US military will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

“Based on my religious beliefs, and after much thought and prayer, I am not able to follow the demands of the Naval Academy’s COVID-19 policy, as it has changed in recent months,” said he wrote on his Twitter account. “After asking for a religious exemption and trying to negotiate more other working arrangements, I was finally relieved of my duties here in the Navy. I continue to stand firm in my belief in faith, but I understand and respect that each individual and institution has a choice of how they wish to deal with these issues. I do not wish Navy football anything for the best in the future.

When asked on Monday how this might affect Craig Stutzmann, Rolovich got no answer. It is not known if Stutzmann is vaccinated and he wore a mask on the sidelines of the Cougars. Coaches who are fully immunized are not required to wear a mask on the sidelines.

“It’s Craig’s business,” he said. “It depends on Craig. “

Washington State faces USC this week and has four more games before term begins for educators to be vaccinated.

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Powerful Turkish cleric called to calm down or resign http://odessasem.com/powerful-turkish-cleric-called-to-calm-down-or-resign/ http://odessasem.com/powerful-turkish-cleric-called-to-calm-down-or-resign/#respond Wed, 08 Sep 2021 19:08:08 +0000 http://odessasem.com/powerful-turkish-cleric-called-to-calm-down-or-resign/ For some pro-secular Turks, the prayer pronounced by Ali Erbas, vocal head of the Directorate of Religious Affairs, at the start of the 2021-22 judicial year sounded like a death prayer for Turkey’s independent justice and secularism. “Opening the judicial system in this particular way is unacceptable under the rule of law,” the Istanbul Bar […]]]>

For some pro-secular Turks, the prayer pronounced by Ali Erbas, vocal head of the Directorate of Religious Affairs, at the start of the 2021-22 judicial year sounded like a death prayer for Turkey’s independent justice and secularism.

“Opening the judicial system in this particular way is unacceptable under the rule of law,” the Istanbul Bar said in a statement as images of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President of the Court of Cassation Mehmet Akarca in prayer dominated the news and social media. . Erdogan and Akarca, who wore the judicial gown, were seen with their hands raised alongside Erbas during a ceremony marking the opening of a new service building for the tribunal and the start of the judicial year on the 1st September.

“The principle of secularism[…]does not allow the judiciary to operate with religious references. … A secular state that accepts the rule of law must guarantee justice to its citizens by keeping an equal distance from each denomination. … Any movement that denies this would give the appearance of a religious state, ”the statement from the Istanbul Bar said.

Dogan Erkan, lawyer and member of the People’s Salvation Party, a small communist party, filed a complaint with the Ankara prosecutor’s office against Erbas, Erdogan and Akarca for violation of the principle of secularism of the Turkish Constitution and abuse of power. Muharrem Ince, leader of the Fatherland Party, criticized Erbas, the government and Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the opposition, who was present at the inauguration ceremony. “At the opening of the judicial year, they Cut the rope on the rule of law and secularism, while the opposition holds the other side of the ribbon. You will all go, ”he tweeted.

The white-cloaked figure of Erbas standing alongside Erdogan at openings or inauguration ceremonies is a familiar sight in Turkey. A day before the opening of the Court of Cassation building, Erbas prayed alongside the President, the Minister of Defense and the force commanders during the dedication ceremony of a huge military complex in Ankara. On the day of the judicial ceremony, he accompanied the president to the inauguration of the Academy of Gendarmerie and Coastal Defense, where he prayed for the officers who would be trained there. “God, may you make our troops victorious on land, sea and in the air; protect them in their fight against terrorism, ”he urged.

The senior Turkish religious official also accompanied Erdogan on his visit to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus from July 19 to 21 and opened the Bilal Pasha Mesjd and Foundation in Varosha (or Maras, as it is called in Turkish), a Controversial ghost town which was partly opened by Turkish Cypriots last year.

Supporters of Erbas said the September 1 prayer was no different from usual practice. The visible superior clergyman was only extending a prayer to the new building and not to the judiciary. Fahrettin Altun, Erdogan’s communications czar, responded to criticism by posting a photo of Kemal Atatürk opening Turkey’s first parliament with a cleric by his side – implying that presidents were accompanied by religious figures during openings in the first years of the republic.

How it started. How are you … pic.twitter.com/VnnIU6zOJs

– Fahrettin Altun (@fahrettinaltun) September 1, 2021

Erbas was fiery in his own defense. “As leaders, we must not leave any void,” he said at a meeting of graduates of Imam Hatip religious schools. Criticizing efforts to “weaken religion” by pushing it out of public space, he said, “How can we have Islam without justice? [There are some who want] the faith of simply remaining between the believer and God and not extending to their home, their work, politics, justice or the judiciary. … You see how they make stories.

Days later, Erbas further fueled the flames with remarks on social media checks. In an online meeting on September 5, he said Turkey urgently needed “a new legal framework for the use of social media” and echoed Erdogan’s words on “establishing of a strong mechanism “.

The senior religious official had suggested earlier that Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh) could be applicable to regulate social media in cases where legal regulations are insufficient, the daily Cumhuriyet reported, digging up its preface from a new book, “Social Media Ethics ”, published by the management. earlier this year.

This second remark – along with his words that religion should be in the public space – sparked a new wave of protests from the opposition. Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputies called on Erbas to refrain from sticking his nose into politics or to resign and become an MP. “If he wants to be in politics, he should just take off his cape and run for office,” said Faik Oztrak, spokesman for the main opposition. “We would expect the director of religious affairs to stay within the confines of his office,” said Engin Altay, head of the CHP group: “Your guide should be the Quran, not Erdogan.”

But Erbas, who has enjoyed a meteoric rise since delivering the first sermon in Hagia Sophia with a sword in his hand on July 24 last year, is unlikely to be intimidated. Vocal and outspoken on everything from smoking to singles, he enjoys the support of the president and the ruling Justice and Development Party heavyweights whenever he is faced with controversy.

Erdogan came to Erbas’ defense when the latter said Islam condemned adultery and homosexuality because they “bring disease and corrupt generations” at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020. As LGBTI groups in Turkey and abroad accused the cleric of spitting hatred for the vulnerable gay community, Erdogan said an attack on Erbas was “an attack on the state”.

When students protested against Erdogan’s appointment of Melih Bulu as head of the prestigious Bogazici University with a poster depicting Islam’s holiest site alongside LGBTI flags, Erbas also jumped into the debate. “I strongly condemn this act… and we, as the Directorate of Religious Affairs, will follow the matter and seek justice against those who delivered this. disrespectful actHe tweeted on January 29. Two students were arrested on the same day.

The visibility of Erbas is subject to different interpretations. “Is Erbas aiming for the presidency? ”, Asked Deniz Zeyrek, an Ankara insider, in his column in the fiercely anti-AKP daily Sozcu. “He sees himself as the right person to succeed Erdogan as president. This is why he continues to attack Atatürk or secularism. No one should be surprised if he takes off his cape, puts on a costume and goes into politics.

Others argue that Erbas plays this role because it is what is required of the Directorate of Religious Affairs, known as Diyanet. “Diyanet is an important instrument in the government’s war against secularism,” said Burcu Karakas, journalist and author of “We are Everything: Diyanet at Work”.

“Following the legal changes made to Diyanet’s statute in 2010, the agency has become increasingly active in all areas of daily life, especially in family affairs, women and the education of children and young people. Karakas told Al-Monitor.

Armed with a budget of some 13 billion Turkish liras ($ 1.6 billion), Diyanet ranks 13th among 40 public entities funded from the central government budget. Its steadily growing staff reached 128,000 people across Turkey in 2020. It operates around 90,000 mosques and around 20,000 Koranic courses across Turkey. She owns her own TV channel and has signed an agreement with Turkish national broadcaster TRT to set up a children’s TV channel.

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Governor DeWine asks ODE to investigate Bishop Sycamore http://odessasem.com/governor-dewine-asks-ode-to-investigate-bishop-sycamore/ http://odessasem.com/governor-dewine-asks-ode-to-investigate-bishop-sycamore/#respond Wed, 01 Sep 2021 22:30:00 +0000 http://odessasem.com/governor-dewine-asks-ode-to-investigate-bishop-sycamore/ COLUMBUS, Ohio – The governor of Ohio is now calling for an investigation into Bishop Sycamore, the Columbus-based high school that raised questions during Sunday’s ESPN televised national football game against IMG Academy of Florida. What would you like to know Bishop Sycamore serves students in grades 9 to 12, according to documents submitted to […]]]>

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The governor of Ohio is now calling for an investigation into Bishop Sycamore, the Columbus-based high school that raised questions during Sunday’s ESPN televised national football game against IMG Academy of Florida.


What would you like to know

  • Bishop Sycamore serves students in grades 9 to 12, according to documents submitted to the Ohio Department of Education
  • It is an unlicensed and non-tax funded school
  • The school is required to submit documentation indicating that it has met / will meet Ohio operating standards

Governor Mike DeWine issued the following statement:

“Like many Ohioans, I am concerned about recent reports and questions raised about Bishop Sycamore. While this weekend’s soccer game raised concerns about the health and safety of players, it also raised red flags regarding school operations. Schools like Bishop Sycamore are required under Ohio law to meet certain minimum standards. It is not clear that Bishop Sycamore meets these standards. I have asked the Ohio Department of Education to investigate Bishop Sycamore to ensure that Ohio law is upheld and to ensure that the school provides the educational opportunities that students of Ohio deserve.

According to documents received from the Ohio Department of Education, Bishop Sycamore is a chartered, non-tax-funded school. It is intended for students in grades 9 to 12.

The annual report submitted by school administrator Andre Peterson also noted that it was an “innovative academically accredited school” that partners with Advancing Sciences Worldwide (ASW) and Innovation Science and Education. .

ASW helps provide the educational experience by helping people access scientific knowledge and materials, while ISE provides “a way for disadvantaged students to excel in academics and athletics”.

Calls and emails to the school about their academics went unanswered until Tuesday evening. Their last report, submitted in 2020, noted that they would operate in a blended style using online and in-person learning.

As a non-accredited and non-tax-funded school:

  • He does not receive money from the state
  • It is not licensed by the State Board of Education due to religious beliefs
  • He must inform parents that the school meets the Ohio operating standard
  • He must submit an annual report to the ODE each year

To operate:

  • Teachers and administrators must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • The school must teach English language arts, math, health, science and a host of other courses
  • The school must follow regular procedures for grade level promotions
  • School officials must comply with state and local health, fire and safety laws and report attendance, which is initially filed by parents

Although its annual report says the school had met all requirements and a fire inspector signed off on its location, it is still unclear where the school is located. The location indicated for the school via the documents submitted to the ODE was not correct as it was a sports complex. Other addresses found for the online school turned out to be the Franklin University Library and Youth Build Columbus, which is a dropout recovery vocational school.

In addition, the school’s website, which initially contained little information, no longer seemed operational.

The Ohio Department of Education said the Office of Non-Public Educational Options oversees unlicensed, non-tax schools; However, the degree of oversight it provides is not clear.

The ODE said Bishop Sycamore did not submit documents for the 2021-22 school year, which must be done by September 30. If the documents are not submitted by then, it will no longer be listed as a school under the ODE.

Coach Tyren Jackson said on Tuesday he is now the new Bishop Sycamore High School football head coach, replacing Roy Johnson. He said it was a move that was already in the works before the team played at the IMG Academy of Florida last Sunday on ESPN.

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Hochul orders statewide mask warrant in all New York City schools http://odessasem.com/hochul-orders-statewide-mask-warrant-in-all-new-york-city-schools/ http://odessasem.com/hochul-orders-statewide-mask-warrant-in-all-new-york-city-schools/#respond Sat, 28 Aug 2021 16:01:39 +0000 http://odessasem.com/hochul-orders-statewide-mask-warrant-in-all-new-york-city-schools/ The state has ordered all students, staff and visitors inside school buildings to wear masks, a mandate that will apply not only to public school districts, but also to private, charter and private schools. nuns of New York. Children under two will not be required to wear masks, nor will students and staff with documented […]]]>

The state has ordered all students, staff and visitors inside school buildings to wear masks, a mandate that will apply not only to public school districts, but also to private, charter and private schools. nuns of New York.

Children under two will not be required to wear masks, nor will students and staff with documented medical exemptions.

The policy was tabled in an emergency settlement on Friday night, according to CBS News, State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, citing fears that the highly contagious COVID delta variant will spread as students return at school.

New York City had already implemented a mask warrant for the city’s schools by the first day of September 13. Mayor Bill de Blasio also ordered all Education Department staff to get vaccinated by September 27.

Governor Kathy Hochul said in her inaugural address Tuesday that instituting a statewide mask mandate was one of her top priorities. Hochul also said she is working on a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for all school staff in New York City, where teachers and other staff will need to be vaccinated or accept weekly tests.

“As governor, my priorities are now the priorities of New Yorkers – and right now that means fighting the Delta variant,” Hochul said in a statement Tuesday, his first day in office. “My number one priority is to get children back from school and protect the environment so that they can learn safely. I immediately call on the Department of Health to institute universal masking for anyone entering our schools , and we are launching a back-to-school COVID-19 testing program to make testing for students and staff widely available and convenient. ”

Students can remove their masks “when eating, drinking, singing or playing a wind instrument,” but they must be six feet apart, “Spectrum News reported.

Many non-public schools in the city also had mask requirements in place. The Diocese of Brooklyn and the Archdiocese of New York have already announced that their Catholic schools will require masks. Success Academy also had mask requirements in its charter schools.

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