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A drive-in Yom Kippur service? How Miami synagogues are marking the holiest day
11:20 a.m.: This year’s Jewish High Holy Days have been unlike any other because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A drone was used to perform an ancient ritual. People gathered at a drive-in movie theater to watch holiday services. Others sat behind their screens in their living rooms and bedrooms to usher in the Jewish New Year.
The 10-stretch, which began with Rosh Hashana Sept. 18, comes to an end with Yom Kippur, which begins at sundown Sunday and ends at sundown Monday.
Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. It is when Jews fast and reflect on the year past and the year to come.
Click here to see how some synagogues plan to host the holidays.
Behind on mortgage or facing eviction? Miami increases limits for assistance payouts
10:30 a.m.: Renters and homeowners who have applied for assistance from the city of Miami have shown they need more help than City Hall was prepared to offer. On Thursday, commissioners unanimously agreed to increase the payouts to match the average need, which was thousands of dollars more than expected.
Under programs that are available for residents inside Miami city limits, people can apply for grants to cover past due mortgage payments or prevent eviction if they haven’t been able to pay rent.
A mortgage assistance grant program offers a maximum one-time payment of $6,000 to homeowners who are behind on payments, but the average need among applicants is $10,000 — data that led commissioners to raise the limit.
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CATCH UP TO START THE DAY
10:20 a.m.: Here are the coronavirus headlines to catch you up on what’s happening around South Florida and the state as Friday begins.
▪ Using your ‘indoor voice’ can reduce COVID spread
▪ Florida adds 2,541 COVID-19 cases and nearly 200 deaths. Positivity rate dips below 5%
Miami ALF shut down for breaking COVID-19 rules and endangering residents, state says