BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — Synagogues throughout Argentina closed beginning on Friday Mar. 20 as part of a “preventive and compulsory” total lockdown of the country through at least March 31 to stem the spread of coronavirus.

Synagogues all over the country will be closed for all services including Shabbat. Before the order, some activities and classes at synagogues had been postponed, but synagogue services had continued.

“The law of the country is the law,” Ariel Stofenmacher, rector of the Buenos Aires-based Latin American Rabbinical Seminary, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

All institutions of the Argentinean Masorti movement have canceled services, classes and programs. Most synagogues that have websites announced they would hold online services.


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