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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett called on the Israelis on Sunday to support the government’s COVID-19 booster vaccination drive.

Bennett said they initiated the booster shots to avoid a full lockdown during the coming Jewish holiday season.

Based on the Jewish calendar, the Jewish new year Rosh Hashana happens on Monday night.

Aside from Rosh Hashana, Jews will also mark the fast day of Yom Kippur and the weeklong Sukkot festival over the next few weeks.

Based on Jewish religious traditions, the holiday season is marked by traditional family gatherings as well as packed services in synagogues.

Given the COVID-19 crisis, Bennett has urged families to avoid large gatherings.

In connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, synagogue prayers this year will be limited to small groups of vaccinated people.

Moreover, Bennett told his Cabinet that unvaccinated children shouldn’t be brought to synagogues.

Due to the spike in coronavirus infections Israel went into a full lockdown last year.

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