Gov. Cuomo preparing rules for synagogues to observe Shavuot holiday


New Yorkers of the Jewish faith may be able to celebrate the major holiday of Shavuot in synagogue — albeit in a limited capacity with social distancing — during coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday.

The governor said he will likely issue guidance Monday or Tuesday on ceremonies for Memorial Day and Shavuot.

Cuomo was asked about holding limited ceremonies upstate where 15 congregants could participate in a Shavout ceremony –with social distancing — during a press briefing in Albany Sunday.

“Social distance with safeguards. Can we find a way to do a ceremony, a religious ceremony or a ceremony that honors Memorial Day? I think we can,” the governor said.

“We’ll have an answer in the next day or two.”

Shavuot begins at sunset of Thursday, May 28 and ends nightfall Saturday, May 30.

Shavuot marks the time that the Jews were given the Torah on Mount Sinai. It also celebrates the start of the wheat harvest and the end of the barley harvest.

Media with a large following among devout Jews were the first to report on Cuomo’s comments.

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