Mexico community shuts down

By Isabel Janner, April 30, 2009

In Mexico City, all 12 Jewish day schools are closed and synagogue services have been reduced from large congregational gatherings to smaller minyanim as the 40,000 strong Jewish community follows its government’s advice on preventing the spread of swine flu.

Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrations scheduled for Wednesday, hosted by Israel’s ambassador Yosef Levine, were also cancelled.

Many community services have been stopped and the Jewish Sports Centre in Mexico City is closed, along with all kosher restaurants.


Israeli swine flu case confirmed

April 28, 2009

Israel's first case of swine flu was confirmed today.

The victim, a 26-year-old man who had recently returned from Mexico, is in quarantine at Netanya's Laniado Hospital.

Staff are optimistic for his recovery and he is said to be in "excellent" condition.

Another Israeli is undergoing tests in quarantine in hospital at Kfar Sava, after returning from Mexico with fly-like symptoms.

The Israeli Health Ministry backs the recommendation of the European Commission to postpone nonessential travel to Mexico and recommends that travellers be alert to reports regarding other countries.


Mexico first stop on a virtual world tour at Jewish Care's Hyman Fine House

November 6, 2008

Mexico was first stop on a virtual world tour at Jewish Care's Hyman Fine House. Organised by care manager Sue Jones and social care co-ordinator Mark Pady, the week-long programme included "visits" to Scotland, Turkey and the Caribbean and special lunchtime menus. Wilna Smith, registered manager, said: "The residents really enjoyed trying out new things, whether music or food. Everyone was encouraged to join in and we finished off with a Mexican wave, which was good fun."