Working with the Jewish community’s burial boards, regional Jewish communities and the Jewish Small Communities Network, as of the week ending 25 February 2022 there have been 1,007 Jewish funerals carried out where the deceased contracted Covid-19. There have been no funerals in the Jewish community where the deceased contracted Covid-19 reported to the Board of Deputies in the last week. This represents the first such week since the week ending Friday 3 December 2021.
Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl said: “More than 50 Jewish people in the UK have died with Covid during this wave so far and their loss is a tragedy for their families and for the community as a whole.
“We are thankful that the situation is certainly better than the same time last year when more than 300 died in the ‘New Year wave’.
“As statutory restrictions are lifted, we urge members of the community to continue taking up any vaccinations for which they qualify and to support Jewish institutions making difficult decision on how maintain Covid security appropriately.”