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A roundup of news items from across the Jewish health world.Gurwin At 25: Still Growing

10/16/2013
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Gurwin At 25: Still Growing

The vision was to open a Jewish-sponsored, not-for-profit nursing home in Suffolk County where one’s more traditional, kosher parents and grandparents would feel at home.

An aerial view of the Gurwin campus. Next month, a six-bed palliative care center is set to open. Photo courtesy of Gurwin

Study: Kissing the Mezuzah Does Not Spread Disease

New study finds the ritual practice safe for health.

10/10/2013
Jewish Week Correspondent
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If you're in the habit of kissing mezuzot in public places, you can ease up on the Purell.

A group of doctors at Maimonodes Medical Center have found that the practice does not increase the risk of spreading germs. 

Dr. Monica Ghitan and her colleagues tested over 100 mezuzot around their hospital, and other than a few benign microbes found that the ritual objects were not unsafe for those who touch them and then kiss their hands.

An Obesity Problem In The Orthodox Community?

04/25/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

It is beautiful how much emphasis there is on Shabbat and holiday celebration in American Orthodoxy. However, the celebration of the values of health and exercise are sorely lacking in the community. Parents often do not stress health and exercise for their children, and day schools fall short on creating rigorous health programs. Happily, religious celebration need not compromise our commitment to health.  

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz is president of Uri L’Tzedek and director of Jewish Life & Senior Jewish Educator at UCLA Hillel.

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Staff Writer
02/08/2011
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‘Maybe I’ll Be Able To Dance At A Wedding’

10/06/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Maybe it’s the high heels. Maybe it’s the sky-high spirits. Maybe it’s the smile hinting ever so slightly of mischief. But when I meet Rochelle Shoretz at a downtown Starbucks on a recent bright September day, I’m surprised.

Elicia Brown

My Big Fat Employee

09/21/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

 Q – An employee of mine has put on a lot of weight. He really looks horrible. We are a service related enterprise and appearance counts. Plus, I’m concerned about the added health risks that could be harmful to his job performance (as well as to his personal life). Do I have the right to warn or suspend him?

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Making Strides Against ALS

08/10/2010
Staff Writer

A group of Jewish runners jog a few miles in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park every Wednesday night for their health. On July 28, they were joined by a few dozen more runners on a  much longer route. For someone else’s health.

Sixty runners, all men, took part in the first 200K (20 kilometers is 12.4 miles) relay race from Brooklyn to upstate Sullivan County, sponsored by the newly formed JRunners organization. The participants raised more than $100, 000 for the medical expenses of a neighbor of a JRunners founder who has ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Photos By Hillel Engel

Israeli Scientists Chasing High-Tech Breakthroughs

09/26/2008
Editorial Intern

Israeli scientists in universities across the country have been forging ahead in recent months with new innovations in medicine and technology that could lead to breakthroughs.

Professor Shimon Efrat of Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine, along with graduate students Holger Russ and Yael Bar, have developed a way to cultivate healthy human beta cells in the laboratory and implant them into diabetes patients. They are now working to convince the body to accept these cells — a move that could pave the way to a new and simpler form of diabetes treatment.

Kosher Food Going Natural

New Emphasis on low-fat, low-carb, organic fare sweeping through industry.

02/05/2010
Editorial Intern

Traditional Jewish food — six-inch-high, artery-clogging corned-beef sandwiches, cholesterol-high cholent with kishke and chicken soup
flavored with fatty schmaltz — isn’t quite in line with a healthy, balanced diet.
But with American’s growing obsession with healthy foods, and organic products — the organic industry grew from $1 billion in 1990 to over $23 billion today — kosher producers are offering more wholesome and beneficial products, and health food producers are gaining kosher certification.

Juices from Organic Avenue — like apple, carrot, cucumber and grapefruit — are an integral part of the raw food experience.

Jewish Groups Posting Latest Swine Flu Data

05/06/2009
Assistant Managing Editor
Jewish community organizations have been posting up-to-the-minute information about the swine flu epidemic this week, and as of Monday there were no known cases of the virus reported by any Jewish school or institution. As word of the outbreak spread last week the Secure Community Network sent out a memo and materials Monday provided by the Centers for Disease Control to hundreds of Jewish institutions, including federations and Jewish community centers. SCN has an existing partnership with the CDC and the Department of Homeland Security.
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