Breaking Barriers with Musical Healing: Mark Weingarten


Have violin, will travel: That was Mark Weingarten’s mantra as he trekked two hours by bus each way from his yeshiva in Yavne to Jerusalem to play music at Hadassah Hospital. “I figured I would just go around to each patient, play for a few minutes, say good Shabbos, and move on,” he recalled.

Mark Weingarten

‘Aggressive Comfort’ for the Terminally Ill: Yelena Zatulovsky

Staff Writer

Yelena Zatulovsky says she comes from a typical Soviet émigré background.

A native of Kiev, and part of a family that left Ukraine for Canada in the 1980s because of religious persecution, she was raised with culture. “Music was a big part; I loved music,” she says.

Yelena Zatulovsky

Cure for Cancer: Gleneara Bates

Staff Writer

First, Gleneara Bates thought she’d become a senator. She liked the idea of “arguing” on the floor of Congress. She studied political science and economics in college, and she got a law degree. Then, she went into social work here and in her native Arizona, working with children, and disseminating Sexual Health Care information to foster care agencies. “You’re working with a vulnerable population.”

Gleneara Bates

RCA Backs Off Stand On Brain Death For Transplants

Critics see move as jeopardizing lives of Orthodox Jews; internal study cites ‘rabbinic confusion’ on issue.

Staff Writer

In a move termed by one leading critic “an act of anti-Semitism” that may cause the medical community to deny organ transplants to Orthodox Jews, the central body of Modern Orthodox rabbis in the U.S. is backing away from using brain death as the indicator of death.

The move is significant because vital organs can be transplanted from people declared brain dead, but they are not viable if doctors have to wait for the heart and breathing to stop.

Israel to Open Permanent Trauma Center in Haiti


JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel has sent 200,000 doses of medication against cholera to Haiti and will set up a permanent trauma and emergency center there.

IsraAID - the Israel Aid Agency sent an entire field hospital and medical personnel to Haiti in the immediate aftermath of January's devastating earthquake, which left more than 100,000 dead and hundreds of thousands injured. Israeli police also joined the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, to keep order in the area.

New Suture Advance From the Technion

Editorial Intern

Scientists and researchers in universities across Israel have uncovered new advances in medicine and technology that will likely advance Israel’s position as a worldwide leader in scientific innovations.

One innovation is the use of a suture that helps reduce scarring and inflammation.

A Dose Of Humanity

Staff Writer
Zionism and the need to remedy a nursing shortage are working hand-in-hand in southern Israel. For the past eight years, the head nurse of the Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheva, Masha Hechtlinger, has been traveling as often as five times a year to the former Soviet Union to interview and recruit potential Jewish nurses. She goes armed with the promise of financial support, while the nurses learn Hebrew and prepare to take Israel’s rigorous test to become registered nurses. And she holds out the prospect of employment at Soroka for those who pass the exam.
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