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MEASLES UPDATE: Bais Yaakov of Passaic To Be Closed Wednesday, Per Health Dept

There is one confirmed case of measles in Passaic, and the Bais Yaakov of Passaic has been ordered closed for one day by the Passaic Board of Health.

The following letter was sent to the parents body on Tuesday evening:

Dear Parents,

All students of Yeshiva Ktana of Passaic, Bais Yaakov and Preschool have met the requirements of immunization.  However, there is one case of measles in the Girls Building.

The Passaic Board of Health has mandated that all staff members must show proof of immunity to measles.  Therefore, we are forced to close school tomorrow, November 28, 2018, for the Preschool, Bnos Bracha Elementary and Bais Yaakov High School (Boys Division will be open).

Tomorrow, all staff will be screened. Further information regarding school on Thursday, will be forthcoming.

Please note that the 8th grade girl’s trip will take place as scheduled. All chaperones have been cleared for measles.

BYP Informational Evening is canceled for this evening. The new date will be announced.

Sorry for any inconvenience but it is beyond our control.

YWN posted on Motzei Shabbos that the New Jersey Department of Health is warning residents in Passaic County. This Passaic County resident could have exposed others to the infection while in Passaic County between November 17 and November 18.

Anyone who visited the following locations may have been exposed to the measles:

  • Passaic Chill Youth Drop In Center, 217 Brook Ave., Passaic, NJ on November 17 between 8:30 p.m. and midnight
  • Junior’s Kosher Deli, 215 Main Ave., Passaic, NJ 07055 on November 18 between 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Rite Aid, 78 Main Ave., Passaic, NJ 07055 on November 18 between 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

On Tuesday morning, YWN published an extensive Psak Halacha written by one of the leading Poskim in the world, Hagaon HaRav Moshe Shternbuch to the Rosh Yeshiva of BMG, HaRav Malkiel Kotler. In the letter translated for YWN, Rav Shternbuch explains why it is a Halachic obligation to vaccinate.

Additionally, the issue of vaccinations was brought up at the Agudah Convention at a panel with HaRav Elya Brudny and Harav Yosef Elefant. The video below is from that session.

(Charles Gross – YWN)

10 Responses

  1. Looking at your article on the anti-Semitic response to Rabbi Fink’s school in Nanuet, I’m beginning to wonder if this whole measles clamp-down isn’t really a sneaky “Pogrom” against Orthodox Jews!

  2. is it true that that family forged measles vaccination docs?
    I really hope not!!

  3. You asked: If they are all vaccinated, how was there a measles case? Because some shots “wear off” – lose the fighting training the body had, then you need a booster. that’s the reason I say and say and say that every choson & kallah needs to take a simple blood test called titers to avoid birth defects to newborns cholila. I hope pregnant teachers are making a big commotion and demanding schools only have vaccinated kids come in.

  4. Two doses of MMR vaccine are 97% effective against measles and 88% effective against mumps. One dose of MMR vaccine is 93% effective against measles, 78% effective against mumps, and 97% effective against rubella.

  5. Just to correct a technicality- the school was closed by the State Department of Health, NOT the local Passaic Health Department as the article states.

  6. Last weekend, the youngest patient to have contracted measles in Israel, a three-week-old baby was hospitalized at the Mayanei Hayeshua hospital in Bnei Brak.
    The baby contracted the disease from his mother,
    who was not vaccinated
    and became ill herself when he was only a week old.
    The mother was apparently infected by another family member.


  7. If anyone can’t vaccinated such as a pregnant woman, please take vitamins A and C which help protect against contracting measles, and speeding recovery if contracted.

  8. Orthodox Jewish woman-
    U shouldnt have to say and say.., if it was the safest, then surely Drs would recommend. Pregnant teachers who dont have titers for measles shouldn’t work in school now. They are susceptible since they can’t get the shot now… Even if all kids got shots it isnt 100% effective

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