-According to a new poll conducted by Ami Magazine, 83% of Orthodox Jews will vote for President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, while 13% of Orthodox Jews say they’re voting for former Vice President Joe Biden. The poll also found that 76% of its respondents believe that the President is unfairly portrayed by the media. The poll surveyed 1,000 Orthodox Jews in 22 states.
-Wedding halls limit crowd to comply with social distancing regulations. Format changed up to make room for shifts seuda for 150 bentching at 9 pm followed by second shift of simchas chosson vkallah.
-Lee Trunkey Farm responds in a long Facebook post to allegations that they closed only for Chol Hamoed and some called them out for being anti semetic- some excerpts from the post: " If we were anti-Semitic, would we have allowed this holiday to continue on our farm for the past 30 years? You really believe we all of a sudden decided that we dislike an entire population of people? Or maybe, just maybe, do you think we’re concerned about Covid like much of the world? We have hosted great Jewish customers all summer long. Over the years we host thousands of Jewish camp groups for tours in the summer. This year, in fact, ALL tours and hayrides were cancelled due to Covid and the large group restrictions. Not just Jewish tours, ALL tours. Our own grandchildren are a quarter Jewish, for goodness sake!
Our farm is different from many others because it is not in the middle of the country with wide open spaces. We are a “fishbowl farm”, surrounded by thousands of neighbors all watching every move we make. They have come to expect the large crowds we draw every year during Sukkot. However, this year is not like others. Many of our neighbors are afraid of Covid. If we had carried on as usual, there would have been a social media firestorm criticizing the lack of social distancing and the lack of mask wearing. We can’t seem to win. My own parents, who live on the farm, are 83 and 93 years old. They are at risk as well.
We are truly sorry for the disappointment we have caused this year. For those who have posted bad reviews, we do hope you will reconsider your words. Covid has messed with all of our lives and we could do without the hatred. We invite you to stop by any time the rest of the season. We are happy to have you. Next year, we intend to carry out our Fall Harvest Festival as normal. If you choose to take your business elsewhere, that is your right as a patron, but please be acutely aware to the fact that we are in no way anti-Semitic, and I will reiterate how hurt we are by this accusation. We are, however, pro-health and anti-Covid.