When North Woodmere resident Eytan Israelov, 24, was accepted to the nursing school at Columbia University, he was proud to be accepted to the Ivy League school but also noticed the school’s logo, a crown topped by a cross in the highly specific color called Columbia Blue. He was not offended by the logo that predates this country’s independence, but wanted to personalize his graduation gown in a way that celebrates his Jewish identity.

 A year after the coronavirus abruptly forced Jewish families to change their getaway plans in favor of staying home, kosher resorts and hotels have reopened with guidelines involving eating separately, sitting at a distance from other guests, and wearing masks at most indoor events. After a year of working and learning at home, the pent-up desire to travel meant that children had to be trained to remain in their seats and keep their masks on for the duration of the flight.

When one relocates from Queens to the suburbs, very quickly there is a realization that government functions are conducted differently across the county line. There are multiple units of government that each levies taxes, holds elections, and has overlapping boundaries. Certain public services are provided not by governments, but private companies, as in the case of West Hempstead’s water supply.

 In the first year of the coronavirus pandemic, any of us can speak of a theater, museum, library, or any other cultural venue that was closed out of an “abundance of caution.” When some of these places reopened, we were curious to see how they adapted to social distancing and simply to reconnect to elements of New York that brought us back to a normal time. A couple of weeks ago, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on the west side of Manhattan reopened to the public, in time for a Chol HaMoed outing.