Hasidic wedding in Williamsburg canceled after groom contracts measles

December 27, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Measles is continuing to spread among ultra-Orthodox families in Brooklyn. Shown: Children gather on a sidewalk near school buses in Borough Park, one of the neighborhoods where the disease has been found. AP file photo by Bebeto Matthews

The city Department of Health ordered a Hasidic wedding in Williamsburg that was scheduled for Wednesday to be canceled because the groom came down with measles.

The groom is from Antwerp, Belgium, which has a large Hasidic community, according to the Cleveland Jewish News. It is not known whether the wedding will be rescheduled later on.

There have been 52 cases of measles in Brooklyn, mainly from heavily Hasidic Borough Park and Williamsburg. Three of the cases were brought home from Israel by children, the Cleveland Jewish News said.

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As the Brooklyn Eagle has reported, some members of the Hasidic community have campaigned against vaccinations.

New York City has begun barring kids who haven’t had the required measles-mumps-rubella vaccine from attending school, which includes Jewish religious yeshivas.

Additional reporting from Mary Frost

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