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SERIOUSLY: Parents Slam Boca Raton Synagogue For Requiring Masks

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“God Breathed Into Adam And Adam Became A Living Soul,” Writes Parent Against Masks.

REALITY: Private Schools Can Set Any Rule, Any Restriction, Any Time.

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BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher

UPDATE 6:56 p.m. Friday, August 6th, 2021: Anti-masking parents contacting BocaNewsNow.com say they are actually “thrilled” with the current policy that says masks are “strongly encouraged” but not required at the moment. Those parents say their petition is what made the difference. School officials, however, say their decisions are made based on science and not parent petitions. Sources at B’Nai Israel say a mask mandate is almost guaranteed to return within days if the area’s COVID numbers don’t dramatically decline quickly. They remain “surprised,” according to one Temple official, that parents would ever opposes masks to keep their young children safe. Florida reported its highest one day total — ever — on Thursday. As we reported, that update was released late Friday afternoon.

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A small group of vocal yet passionate parents is calling on Temple B’Nai Israel in Boca Raton to let their children go … to preschool and religious school without mandatory masks. At least 92 parents, or co-conspirators, have signed an online petition.

The demands have stunned the local medical community and leaders at the synagogue who say they’re following medical science and keeping kids safe. They also suggest the parents causing a ruckus may have a reading problem — the policy isn’t quite what the protestors are protesting.

B’Nai Israel Executive Director Steve Allen shared with BocaNewsNow.com the language used in B’Nai Israel’s official policy:

“After careful and thoughtful considerations of all of the above, our school has decided that we will open the school year with masks required for all parents, faculty and staff when inside school buildings, regardless of vaccination status.  Though highly recommended, parents will have the choice as to whether their child will wear a mask during the regular school day; however, masks will be required for all children three and over during carpool, or at other designated times.  When outside of school buildings and during meals, masks will not be required, though we will maintain appropriate social distancing. 

Where possible, we will attempt to create a classroom for those parents wishing to keep their children masked during the school day.  Should you wish for your child/children to be in a fully masked setting, please send an email to [leadership] no later than Monday, August 9, 2021 stating that you would prefer your child to be in such a class.  If we do not hear from you by 5:00pm on August 9, 2021, your child/children may be placed in a class with both masked and unmasked children.”

But that’s still too much, according to complaining parents — and clearly anti-maskers seeking attention — signing a petition online. While many may read the petition and believe the names are fake and comments are designed to troll people, BocaNewsNow.com checked the names and confirmed many have local addresses.

“These people are idiots,” said a medical professional and member of B’Nai Israel’s congregation. “This is why COVID is still spreading. That we are still talking about masks being a problem as COVID surges is astonishing.”

Meet Those Who Signed The Anti-Mask Petition

Wrote Chen Mordechai who has a Delray Beach address in Seven Bridges: “Our children did amazing last year without masks no vaccines and no medicines this is our choice if we want our kids in masks or not.”

Wrote Shir Arzuhan who has a Fort Lauderdale address: “We cannot let this become the new normal for children. If we let this last for too long, there will be no way to go back. We must show our children normalcy and pray they are not long term affected by the fear and anxiety society has caused with this virus. Don’t punish the kids. Let them breath, let them play, let them smile.”

Wrote Alison Rampersad who lives in Palm Beach County and is involved with an organization called ‘World Health Source’: “Forcing children to wear masks is child abuse. Let them breathe!”

We can’t confirm the identity of this person, but they wrote something so outrageous — about God breathing into Adam — that we had to share: “Why would you have Children cover the very image of God? Why would you want Children to stop breathing fresh air when God breathed into Adam and Adam became a living soul? As a Jew I find it insulting and a disgrace to our creator Adonai. Either your truly are Jewish and you truly are God’s child and will be obedient To the Torah and never cover one’s face that is The very image of God Almighty. No masks stop suffocating children stop the murderous action of a government that is anti-life anti-God and anti-children.”

(Fact Check: We note there is no Biblical indication that God was positive for COVID when he or she breathed into anyone or anything, and there is no indication that God would’t have worn a mask if he or he she was. God did not immediately return calls from BocaNewsNow.com).

And you wouldn’t have a protest against masks if you didn’t invoke Germany. For that, we turn to Medora Reading who lives in Palm City, Florida — that’s 53 miles from Boca Raton — and apparently had to weigh in. Medora wrote: “It has been admitted even in Germany that the masks are harmful what part of science/Health 101 did any of you idiots not yet carbon dioxide is poison to the human body and to the human brain, oxygen is mandatory and necessary why don’t you just take the exhaust pipe from your car and stick it in your mouth.”

Wrote a Jill Lewis, of which there are many in Palm Beach County: “Facemasks promote styes in the eye and pink eye infections it is not healthy to breathe in CO2 all day for little developing bodies and brains 
let’s get real people!!!”

And Michelle Rebhun, who has a Boca Raton address, shares this insight: “Parents can make socially responsible decisions for themselves and their children as to what they do outside of school. That’s what will keep them safe, not forcing them to wear a mask. What happens when a kid takes it off? I do not want my child reprimanded for something so innocent. I wore a mask all last year and still got covid. Why would we do this to our children and make it mandatory?”

Marla Birman, also a name attached to many women in Palm Beach County, wrote this on the petition: “Who counts in this Pre-school not the CHILDREN for sure. Does mental health hold any importance here. Sad Grandmother.”

But a doctor made an impassioned plea on the petition to those who are apparently for children sharing each other’s germs in a classroom environment: “84% increase in cases in pediatric patients in the last week. Increased hospitalizations. Miami is full. St Mary’s is full. 2 kids died this weekend in Tennessee. You’re fighting the wrong battle. Fight COVID not the masks.”

B’Nai Israel is a private institution. As is the case with all private schools and institutions, members agree to follow rules and regulations upon joining. The mask policy remains in effect.

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