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:
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)