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2020 Annual Assessment

The health, economic and governance tumult that has swept the entire world as a result of the coronavirus does not distinguish between Jews and non-Jews. Most of its effects are not unique to one group or another – except when speaking of the older age cohorts. At the same time, there is reason to examine how the crisis will affect the Jewish people in its distinctive contexts – among other reasons, as an aid to policy planning at a time when the crisis is at its peak and after it ends.

We will present in brief the arenas that the crisis impacts and, following the analysis, we will lay out some main questions unique to decision makers in the Jewish people. This document will not address issues that are clearly global or medical-professional, unless they have an element that touches on the Jewish people and requires special treatment.