NYPD Shuts Down Brooklyn Yeshiva - 70 Kids Found Taking Classes

A Brooklyn Yeshiva was open for classes and filled with more than 70 children Monday in defiance of the New York State coronavirus lockdown orders, eliciting a scolding and threat of a cease-and-desist order from Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Officers from the NYPD’s 81st Precinct arrived at the Nitra Yeshiva on Madison St. near Ralph Ave. in Brooklyn around noon, and ordered the man running the Orthodox Jewish school to shut it down.

The cops made no arrests and issued no summonses, though Mayor de Blasio said the city plans to issue a cease and desist order. The cease-and-desist order will be issued by the city’s Health Department and served by the Sheriff’s office, city officials said.

Mayor de Blasio:

"Earlier today the NYPD shut down a Yeshiva conducting classes with as many as 70 children. I can’t stress how dangerous this is for our young people. We’re issuing a Cease and Desist Order and will make sure we keep our communities and our kids safe."

Throughout the Pandemic lockdown Police have responded to several large gatherings in the city’s Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods, where thousands have flooded the streets for funerals at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

Photo: Getty

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