“It sent a message to the community, to the whole neighborhood, very loud and clear: we are here, we are working with you,” he said. But when it comes to the coronavirus, he added, the neighborhood was facing a crisis of “enormous uncertainty, a huge amount of misinformation and a lack of information.”
Yosef Rapaport, 66, a Yiddish podcaster whose brother and brother-in-law both died of Covid-19, said Mr de Blasio must restore trust with a religious minority who have largely rejected his administration and s’ is aligned with President Trump.
“This community is hit by a double whammy: the incompetence of the town hall and the ugliness that comes from Washington,” said Mr. Rapaport. « There is a deep and deep mistrust within the community of the mayor’s intentions, especially when the president takes a different approach.
Dr Katz has defended the city’s efforts, saying it has made more than 200,000 public health robocalls in neighborhoods with a large Orthodox Jewish population and distributed tens of thousands of masks in Borough Park, Williamsburg, Brighton Beach and Flushing.
The city also placed “nearly 60 community newspaper ads to get the word out” among Hasidic Jews, he said, and spoke to 20 synagogue leaders in Borough Park, an area of about 300 synagogues, according to Mr. Greenstein.
A lingering problem in the city’s relationship with Hasidic New Yorkers was a late-night Twitter blast from the mayor after he personally oversaw the dispersal of a rabbi’s funeral in Williamsburg in April. For many, this validated their fears about the city’s leadership.
Jacob Kornbluh, a Hasidic Jew who lives in Borough Park and writes for Jewish Insider, a national publication, summed up a perspective he often hears in the neighborhood: “De Blasio became the guy who chose the Jews for us. don’t have to listen to him anymore.