6 employees, 4 residents at Atlanta Jewish assisted living facility test positive for coronavirus

    (JTA) — Six employees and four residents of a Jewish-operated assisted-living facility in suburban Atlanta have tested positive for the coronavirus.

    Jewish HomeLife, which operates Berman Commons in Dunwoody, Georgia, sent a letter on Sunday to residents of the facility and their families, the Atlanta Jewish Times reported.

    Two days earlier, four residents in the memory unit tested positive for COVID-19.

    Some 43 employees were tested on Friday as a precaution, according to the facility, including those who work in the memory unit.

    The employees found to have the virus were asymptomatic, according to the letter. Employees are asked screening questions and have their temperatures taken before entering the facility, and visitors were barred early in the pandemic.

    On Friday, residents of the Berman Commons assisted-living wing were directed to remain in their apartments and communal dining was stopped. Meals have been delivered to the residents’ apartments.

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      Monsey stabbing victim, in coma since December attack, has died

      Josef Neumann, 72, died on Sunday afternoon. Though he remained in a coma from the time of the attack to his death, he had begun to open his eyes in February, leading to calls to keep praying for a full recovery.

      The assailant’s knife penetrated Neumann’s skull and cut into his brain. His right arm also was shattered. Four other people were injured in the Dec. 28, 2019 attack.

      The first announcement of his death came in a tweet from the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council.

      Neumann had seven children, “many grandchildren,” a great-grandchild, and brothers and sisters.

      The alleged stabber, Grafton Thomas, 37, has pleaded not guilty to 10 federal hate crimes charges along with six counts of attempted murder and several assault and burglary counts in Rockland County court.

      If it is determined that Neumann died of his injuries, Thomas could face the death penalty.

      > We are sad to inform you that Yosef Neumann who was stabbed during the Hanukah attack in Monsey late Dec 2019, passed away this evening. > > — OJPAC (@OJPAC) [March 30, 2020](https://twitter.com/OJPAC/status/1244447205018275841?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw “”)

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      Pollsters asked Americans to name a Jew. The most common answer was Jesus.

      As part of a survey about how Americans think about religion, the Pew Research Center asked respondents last month to answer the question, “Who is the first person who comes to mind when you think of Judaism?”

      The most common answer, according to Pew, was Jesus.

      Some 21% of respondents named Jesus as the first Jew that came to mind. According to the Christian Bible, Jesus was born a Jew and lived in ancient Judea, though Jews do not accept his divinity as Christians do.

      The next most commonly named people were also biblical: Moses, at 13%, followed by Abraham at 8%. Around 5% named non-famous Jewish individuals that they knew personally, while 7% named various historic figures or celebrities, including Anne Frank, Albert Einstein and Jerry Seinfeld.

      The survey also asked people to name Catholics, Buddhists, Muslims, Evangelical Christians and atheists. Jesus was actually less frequently listed as a Catholic or evangelical than he was as a Jew. Only 12% of people picked Jesus when asked to name a Catholic (47% said the Pope), while 5% named Jesus when asked to pick an evangelical (the most frequently named person was Rev. Billy Graham).

      The question, part of Pew’s American Trends Panel, had a sample size of 10,971 respondents with a margin of error of plus or minus 1.5%.

      Aiden Pink is the deputy news editor of the Forward. Contact him at pink@forward.com or follow him on Twitter @aidenpink

      Pollsters asked Americans: Name a Jew. Many said Jesus.

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      Bernie Sanders’ Florida campaign office vandalized with swastikas

      (JTA) — A Florida campaign office for Bernie Sanders was vandalized with swastikas.

      A tweet Saturday from the Florida for Bernie account showed two large swastikas painted in black and the words “voting didn’t stop us last time.” It did not say where in Florida the office is located.

      “Didn’t know if we should share, but one of our grassroots Bernie offices in Florida was vandalized with swastikas. Sheriff sent a team to clean it up. But Bernie is just another old white man, right?” it said.

      Several replies called the vandalism “fake.” Others accused a Sanders staffer of drawing the graffiti.

      Earlier this month a protester identified as a known white supremacist unfurled a Nazi flag at a Sanders rally in Phoenix.

      Sanders has been more open about his Jewish identity during the current Democratic primary contest, but he trails former Vice President Joe Biden in the race.

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      New Jersey man arrested for threatening Jews for ignoring quarantine

      (JTA) — A New Jersey man sent Facebook messages to Gov. Phil Murphy and others threatening harm Orthodox Jews for violating state coronavirus restrictions.

      Anthony Lodespoto, 43, of Howell, was charged Friday with making terroristic threats during a state of emergency, law enforcement officials said in a statement.

      Lodespoto allegedly used Facebook’s direct messaging feature to threaten the Jewish community of Lakewood, a New Jersey township with a large Orthodox population that has reported a higher number of coronavirus cases than surrounding areas.

      “The threats largely consisted of Lodespoto threatening to travel to Lakewood with the purpose of assaulting members of the Jewish community with a baseball bat,” the statement said.

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      As of Thursday, Lakewood had 198 confirmed COVID-19 cases, by far the most in Ocean County, according to the county Health Department, the Asbury Park Press news site reported.

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