A letter from more than 200 local physicians

A letter from more than 200 local physicians

Passover is no excuse to pull back from flattening the curve


Dear Fellow Members of the Bergen County Jewish Community,

As physicians living and/or working in the Bergen County Jewish community, we would like to reach out to you, our friends and neighbors, regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, and express our concern as we approach Pesach. 

We commend the Rabbinical Council of Bergen County (RCBC) for their unprecedented leadership in fighting the global pandemic through social distancing, and temporarily shutting down Jewish cultural and religious life.  We salute the leadership in our townships, who mandated quarantines ahead of state and federal efforts. And we are proud of all of you, who have held fast under extraordinary and historic times, to do what is so unnatural- to close our doors, avoid synagogue, our local restaurants as well as other public venues.

However, we are extremely concerned that as a community, our resolve is faltering, just as social distancing is beginning to yield dividends.  Many of us are on the front lines of this pandemic, and we anticipate that there will be an influx of more serious cases over the next few weeks.  Everyone by now is aware of the critical shortages of intensive care capabilities, PPEs and ventilators. What we are begging you to understand, is that failure to “flatten the curve” will have real human consequences.  Not only will we fail to adequately care for Covid patients, but we will be less prepared to take care of all of the other acute medical and surgical needs, which have not gone on vacation.

Pesach is rapidly approaching, and many in our communities have made plans to host elderly parents and grandparents.  We understand the complexity which underlies each one of these individual decisions, but urge you to reconsider these plans, if for no other reason, than to protect the ones you love. Even hosting our young asymptomatic children- even if previously quarantined themselves- could be hazardous. In the absence of widespread testing, it is impossible to discern who has the disease and who does not.  

Failure to distance over Pesach, we fear, will lead to endangering your families and communities.  It could also endanger our lives, the medical professionals who are your friends and neighbors.

Thank you once again for so bravely soldiering on in these historically difficult times.  We wish you a Chag Kasher V’Sameach- a happy and more importantly, a healthy Pesach.


Michael Akerman
Robert Alter
Gary Alweiss
Richard Andron
Joanne Aranoff
Jeffrey Aronoff
Ben Aronoff
Yitzhack Asulin
Jay Babich
Nava Bak
Howard Baruch
Angeli Batista
Kelly Bautista
Luis Belmudez
Michael Bittner
Aliza Black
Dana Cernea
Norman Chideckel
Wen Ching Liao
Brenda Choi
Moshe Cohn
Susan Condrin
Christine Cumarasamy
Adi Davidov
Roy Davidovitch
Neela DeSoyza
Ezra Dweck
Ari Eckman
Amanda Eis
Avigayil Elkin
Renee Epstein
elana espinosa
David Feigenblum
Daniel Fein
Janet Fein
Alexander Fein
Amnon Fein
David Felig
Naomi Feuer
Andrew Fink
Matthew Finn
Richard Finkel
Tanya Fooks
Natan Fooks
Zev Frankel
Nancy Fremed
Eric Fremed
Harvey Friedman
Howard Friedman
Samuel Friedman
Steven Furer
Vivi Furer
Miranda Garcia
Mark Gardenswartz
Glen Gejerman
Ari Geliebter
Rebecca Geliebter
Dana Gellis
Howard Geyer
Rebecca Gilbert
Adam Ginsburg
Ariella Glaser
Gerald Gold
Shlomit Goldberg-Stein
Marty Goldstein
Murray Goldstein
Tamar Goldwaser
Howie Goodman
Karen Goodman
David Graber
Donna Green
Philip Green
Lorie Greenberg
Naomi Greenblatt
Gayle Grossman-Alweiss
Eli Grunstein
Daniel Hagler
Stephanie Haimowitz
Joel Hillelsohn
Jay Hochsztein
Sandra Hoenig
Robert Holley
Mark Horowitz
Steven Horwitz
Arthur Huber
Adam Jarrett
Steven Kanarek
Adam Karp
Brian Katz
Doron Katz
Micol Katz
Margit Kaufman
Shana Kaye
Aryeh Keehn
Alex Kimel
Yair Kissin
Irina Kissin
George Klafter
Daniel Klapper
Asher Kornbluth
John Kramer
Daniel Krich
Jeffrey Kuritzky
Jeremy Kurz
Seth Landa
Rebekah Langer
Yaron Langman
Simeon Lauer
Joyce Leavitt
Steve Lebovitch
Nate Lebowitz
Alden Leifer
Daniel Lerer
Harvey Lippman
Boaz Lissauer
Daniel Lowe
Alta Maness
Rachel Mann
Ranon Mann
Shari Mann
Zvi Marans
Eric Margolis
Daniel Markowicz
Howard Mazin
Edith Meier
Efrat Meier-Ginsberg
Ronnie Meier
Zachary Merriam
Akiva Mintz
Maria Montoya
Lara Mor
Leslie Moskowitz
Claire Murphy
Michael Novogroder
Jeff Paley
Jeff Pavell
Alan Perlman
Sheri Picone
Dorienne Planer
Benjamin Planer
Kenneth Prager
Jay Reidler
Robin Reingold
Jonathan Resnick
Caron Rockman
Sharon Rosen
Gene Rosenberg
Philip Roth
Murray Rothman
Joshua Rovner
Suraj Saggar
Ruth Scher
Hope Schlossberg
Richard Schlussel
Steven Schuss
Aron Schwarcz
Laurie Schwartz
Rachelle Schwarz
Jason Shatkin
Sharone Sheffer-Babila
Tracie Shore
Matisyahu Shulman
Tina Sichrovsky
Noam Siev
Joshua Silverberg
Lynn Silverberg
Michael Silverberg
Rob Simon
Shira Slasky
Tzvi Small
Alyson Small
Stephen Smiles
Aliza Solomon
Yasmine Spencer
Alan Spiegel
Luba Stein
Aaron Stein
Kylei Stewart
Larry Stiefel
Jeffrey Stone
Ronald Strobel
Dora Suldan
Zalman Suldan
Erica Tannenbaum
Steven Tennenbaum
Yossi Tennenhaus
Micole Tuchman
Seth Uretsky
Jared Wasserman
Lisa Weinstock
Christopher Weiss
Michelle Weissman
Mordechai Wertheim
Mark Wiesen
David Wild
Charlie Wimpfheimer
Judy Wimpfheimer
Yoni Koslowsky
Luis Zapiach
Rebecca Zausmer Senderowicz
Michael Zelenetz
Rachel Zuckerbrot