May 4, 2020

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top officials on Monday announced a dramatic easing of the social distancing restrictions meant to contain the coronavirus, lifting limitations on movement and economic activity.

We at the ARC are no longer wearing our mask on the property and taking our temperatures.  And the gate has been unlocked.

April 7, 2010

On Tuesday, the Israeli government released its plans for a new set of public guidelines and travel restrictions. As of Tuesday, no one is allowed to leave their home unless it is for essential items such as gas, groceries, medicine, etc. This policy will remain until Friday morning. Traffic will be restricted beginning Tuesday evening until Friday evening. Additionally, there will be no public transportation as of Tuesday; a policy that is expected to change on Sunday.

April 2, 2020


The new mandate for us at the ARC is to get masks and wear them in public areas by sundown.  The ARC is complying with Government restrictions as best they can within the law “for compounds” while going the extra mile with our witness as followers of Jesus to anyone that is watching us.  This means even within our gated community: any work going on and any walking to and from communal mealtimes.  Our gate was officially locked this evening. Our new mandate is 2by2 = 2 people, 2 meters apart

Watch our Instagram for officially locking the compound ARC campus up under Quarantine here.

Title: Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (March 26, 2020)Location:  Location: Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza

The Government of Israel announced updated guidelines and restrictions regarding personal movements and social distancing to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). These guidelines include remaining within 100 meters of your home, reduced public transport, and the closure of places of worship, schools, commercial/dining establishments, heritage sites, and parks/beaches.

Israel remains at a Warning Level 3 issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  As of March 25, the Department of Homeland Security confirmed that travelers from CDC Level 3 or Level 4 countries who are asymptomatic may enter the United States and travel to their final destination and self-quarantine upon arrival.

As of March 26, commercial flights departing Ben Gurion Airport to the United States remain available on a couple of airlines but are subject to change at any time for an indefinite timeframe.  

Personal thoughts:  We have decided to remain because our Visa is longer-term and no real immediate time restrictions for us to travel.  

There still is plenty to do on this 15 acres property at the Alyiah Returned Center (ARC).  There remains a group of people, Olim (Jewish immigrants) from Ukraine, 14 South American youth, and a handful of travelers that have trickled in after their 14 isolation to serve. 

Within the confines of our ARC property we have the following rules:  

> taking temperatures every morning and keeping a log for any medical personnel that may request it.

> no more to 10 in a room

> one designated person goes to the local store that remains open to get needed supplies.  The local store has basic food items.

We are doing fine and remain healthy and strong and are at peace.  PTL!!!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

A later report from The Times of Israel stated the government is set to announce drastic restrictions including shutting down public transportation, closing all stores except food markets and pharmacies and keeping people within 150 meters of home (about 500 feet).

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

March 21, 2020 – Israel is at a Warning Level 3

March 16, 2020, According to a Live Watch of the spread of Coronavirus from Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.  This is very useful when tracking the numbers. The map shows where every reported coronavirus case in the world is located and how many people have died from the virus.  As of Monday morning, March 16, more than 6,700 people have died from the virus,
while more than 77,000 have recovered from it.  Let’s keep these positive results in mind.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

March 9, 2020








~ ~ ~ ~ ~

February 1, 2020 – Israel began restricting flights from China and began screening people on all incoming flights to Israel.  Even our incoming flight was being screened.

One thought on “COVID-19

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s