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The Gene Scene

Special To The Jewish Week
05/15/2009

The cloud of breast cancer has loomed over Betsy Miller Landis her entire life. In her earliest memories, she’s playing on the floor of her mother’s hospital room. Two decades later, she lost her mother to a recurrence. Then again at 54, the age when her mother died, Landis’ thoughts returned to the disease, as she worried about apparent irregularities in herself.

Opening Hearts, Wallets For Haitians

Jewish community here, in outpouring
of care, pitches in after quake.

01/21/2010
Staff Writer

At a Jewish Y on Long Island, Jewish employees take up a collection for the families in Haiti of two maintenance men. In Brooklyn, members of the haredi Orthodox community hold a historic meeting with representatives of the borough’s Haitian-Americans. In southern Florida, a former New Yorker travels to Haiti on short notice to help the relatives of his Haitian-born employees.

The work of Israeli doctors in a makeshift army field hospital in Haiti. Getty Images

A Hot Date With ‘Srugim’

Modern Orthodox here flocking to Israeli singles show, now in second season. Can you believe what Nati did?

01/21/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

They’re discussing it on the Upper West Side. They’re watching it in Washington Heights. They’re dissecting it on Facebook and on their blogs.
And it’s a television show that hasn’t yet aired in America.
“It” is “Srugim,” the Israeli show that’s a hit in its home country. Critics there also love the show, which was named Best Drama by the Israeli Film and Television Academy last year.

The cast of “Srugim”: Kosher romance.

Battling Ovarian And Breast Cancer

Special To The Jewish Week
01/30/2009

Marcia Byalick was 38 years old when her mother died from ovarian cancer. Since then, she has lived with the fear that she and her daughters are at high risk of developing ovarian cancer. When Byalick recently learned of a new study focusing on breast and ovarian cancer among Jewish women, she was eager to participate.

Battling Ovarian And Breast Cancer

New project aims to educate and to enlist thousands of Jewish women in a comprehensive study on genetic factors.

01/30/2009
Special To The Jewish Week
Marcia Byalick was 38 years old when her mother died from ovarian cancer. Since then, she has lived with the fear that she and her daughters are at high risk of developing ovarian cancer. When Byalick recently learned of a new study focusing on breast and ovarian cancer among Jewish women, she was eager to participate.

Dark Clouds Where The Sun Never Sets

12/03/2008
Staff Writer
Freezing rain pattered against the dusty windowpanes of 770 Eastern Parkway last Sunday afternoon as frenzied staffers hurried up and down the twisted stairwell that leads to the Chabad.org office in Crown Heights. Inside, writers and editors of the movement’s popular Web site looked for new information on the unfolding tragedy in Mumbai, India. Their reddened eyelids were peeled back in exhaustion and their wrinkled tzitzit dangled from untucked white button-downs, as they munched on stale scrambled eggs and drank flat bottled soda to stay awake.

A Little Red, A Little Blue

10/20/2008
Staff Writer
Reading over e-mail chains from his fraternity listserv, 20-year-old Natan Edelsburg was surprised to see a fairly balanced battle plugging and jabbing both Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain in their heated presidential run. A sophomore at New York University and native of the Upper East Side, Edelsburg, who will be casting his vote for president for the first time on Nov. 4, expected to see only the liberal point of view that seems to dominate campus politics.

After The Screening

05/14/2008
Editorial Intern
After learning about the benefits of genetic screening from her physician, a pregnant woman decides to schedule an amniocentesis test. Doctors carefully screen her amniotic fluid sample, and they determine that her fetus has an extra 21st chromosome — in other words, the child will be born with Down syndrome. The patient instantly faces an emotional quandary: should she go forward with the pregnancy, or should she have an abortion? This kind of thorny ethical question was at the center of a forum on genetic disease forum held May 5 at the JCC in Manhattan.

Touro Incubating Israeli Innovators

04/09/2008
Staff Writer
Fledgling startups looking to set up shop in Manhattan, a city teeming with venture capitalists prowling for the next Google, have traditionally hooked up with university-linked incubators. In addition to nurturing entrepreneurial companies by providing office space and facilitating connections with investors and potential clients, university-affiliated incubators offer intellectual capital in the form of access to professors (many of whom are experts in their chosen fields) and the cheap labor of hungry MBA students.  

Revson Foundation’s Lisa Goldberg, 54

01/26/2007
Copy Editor
Lisa Goldberg, a foundation leader known for her generosity and energy, died Monday night at age 54. The cause was a brain aneurysm. Since 2003 Goldberg — who was married to John Sexton, the president of New York University — had served as president of the Revson Foundation, which supports a wide range of Jewish and secular causes.
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