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President Endorses Gay Synagogues

02/21/2013

President Baruch O. Bauma, head of The White House Synagogue (commonly known as The White Shul) in downtown Washington, D.C., announced today that he was in favor of gays and lesbians in his congregation being granted the same rights currently enjoyed by all other members.

Brooklyn Named Holiest Jewish City

02/21/2013

BROOKLYN—For the first time in recent history, the borough of Brooklyn, New York, has surpassed Jerusalem, Israel, as “The Holiest Jewish City on Earth,” according to the World Jewish Federation.

When Vaccinations And Faith Collide

Are anti-vaxxers’ religious exemption claims grounded in actual religious laws?

JNS
04/22/2015

As the debate on vaccination heats up again in the U.S., some “anti-vaxxers” are requesting exemptions from vaccinating their chil-dren on religious grounds. But what do their faiths, including Judaism, actually say about the issue?

A White House nurse prepares to administer the H1N1 vaccine to President Barack Obama on Dec. 20, 2009. Pete Souza/White House

The Silence Of Infertility

The physical, emotional and communal toll of not being able to have children.

Special To The Jewish Week
04/22/2015

When we were first married, about a decade ago, we lived in New York. We did not want to wait to have children; we wanted to begin a family right away.

Rachel and Will Adler, with Joey and Emily. Courtesy of Rachel and Will Adler

Bringing Genetic Screening Home

JScreen allows Jews to test for hereditary diseases with mail-in saliva test.

Staff Writer
04/22/2015

An innovative, Atlanta-based screening program for Jewish genetic diseases has expanded its geographic scope and medical capabilities since it was founded a year and a half ago — and, with the help of one supporter from Long Island, recently reached nearly 200 Jewish college students on one campus in one day.

Hillary Kener, JScreen’s national outreach director. Courtesy of JScreen

Giving The Overactive Mind A ‘Lift’

ADHD ‘brain-training’ app gaining traction.

Israel Correspondent
04/22/2015

Jerusalem — A pair of young Israeli entrepreneurs have developed an ADHD treatment app that they say will soon provide an affordable and readily accessible alternative to ADHD medications and prohibitively expensive brain-training (cognitive) treatments already being offered at specialized clinics. 

A promotional photo for the Myndlift app. Courtesy of Myndlift

Mail-In Test Puts Genetic Screening Within Reach

Home screening kits making BRCA testing increasingly affordable for women paying out of pocket.

Staff Writer
04/22/2015

Silicon Valley star Elad Gil’s new genetic testing company, launched Tuesday, has intensified the already noisy conversation about Ashkenazi Jews’ higher-than-normal risk for breast cancer.

Fighting Genetic Disease Among The Bedouins

Ben-Gurion University team seen making headway with testing, outreach.

Israel Correspondent
04/22/2015

There has been a 30 percent reduction in the infant mortality rate in Israel’s Bedouin community of southern Israel during the past few years, and much of that success is due to the diagnosis and prevention of many genetic diseases that have plagued the community for centuries Much of the research into these diseases, which can cause everything from severe developmental delays and fatal heart malformations to blindness and immune deficiencies, has been taking place in the southern city of Beersheva under the leadership of Dr. Ohad Birk. 

Dr. Ohad Birk, left, with Dr. Khalil Elbedour in a Bedouin village. Courtesy of Ben-Gurion University

Healthcare April 2015

Battling genetic disease among the Bedouins. Silicon Valley BRCA testing kit making waves in market. Atlanta-based screening program expanding reach. Israeli app for ADHD gaining traction. The silence of infertility.

04/22/2015
Healthcare April 2015

The Youthful Ancient City

Jerusalem, through the eyes of a child — technology included.

Special To The Jewish Week
03/24/2015

As I sat with my 7-year-old son recently, he reminisced about a day that I thought was far too long ago to have a place in his memory. Do I remember, he asked, the day we visited the Western Wall tunnels? That day was more than half his lifetime ago.

The tunnels below the Western Wall. Wikimedia Commons
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