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Tackling Bullying As A Health Issue

Nassau County Girl Scouts brings anti-bullying to synagogues, JCCs.
Staff Writer
02/07/2011 - 19:00

I t happened two years ago, but it is still fresh in the mind of Avigail Borah, 11, of Hewlett, L.I. “A bunch of people — maybe four or five — were yelling at someone I knew during recess,” she recalled. “They were yelling things like, ‘You’re so stupid.’ I told them to stop yelling at her, and then some other people joined me in telling them to stop. They stopped.”

Asked if she had ever been bullied, Avigail said it had happened once when she was in the second or third grade.

Hewlett Girl Scout Troop members who took part in the anti-bullying program. Avigail Borah, right, intervened in a bullying situ

Body, Soul And Midrash

New collection of essays shows how interpretation can be used to find new meaning in the biblical text — and as a resource for healing.
Jewish Week Book Critic
02/07/2011 - 19:00

I n shuls everywhere, of all denominations, the “Mi Sheberach” prayer is said regularly, naming individuals in need of healing. The prayer itself and the way it is said may differ from one community to the next. The late Debbie Friedman, for instance, set the words to music that is widely known and sung. Some people approach the bima with “long lists of names inside their hearts,” while others have handwritten lists in their pockets, Rabbi Julie Pelc Adler, explains in an essay, “A Midrash on the Mi Sheberakh.”

Contributors to “Midrash and Medicine” include physicians, rabbis, social workers, psychologists and philosophers.

A New Beat For The Heart

Drum-fitness adds a different rhythm to the tired old workout routine.
Special To The Jewish Week
02/07/2011 - 19:00

With drumsticks poised over a tremendous lime green ball, I prepare to strike. Along with 18 other women and one man, I’ve ventured to the 92nd Street Y on this icy evening to experience DrumCore, a new class that is meant to exercise body and mind, while also offering a new rhythm in one’s tired workout routine.

The DrumCore workout makes use of drum sticks to bang out a rhythm and keep the heart working.

The Long Run

Blind athlete finishes grueling Israman triathlon; shifts gears and perceptions.
Special To The Jewish Week
02/07/2011 - 19:00

A few hundred of the finest amateur athletes in the world gathered in Eilat last month for the annual Israman triathlon, where they swam in the Red Sea, cycled uphill through desert heat, and then ran for miles along trafficked roads. Among the competitors in this year’s Israman, Israel’s version of the arduous Ironman triathlon competition, was a man who didn’t exercise at all until about seven years ago; a man who can’t see two feet in front of him, or even own feet for that matter.

Richard Bernstein with his running companion Shaked. “I was putting my entire being into someone else’s hands,” Bernstein says.

The ‘Super Gene’ Spotter

Einstein researcher trying to unlock ‘the biology of aging,’ with the help of Ashkenazi centenarians.
Editorial Assistant
02/07/2011 - 19:00

Lily Port is in the Galapagos Islands. When she returns, she is going to visit her daughter in Texas, then take a vacation to Florida. A few months ago she took
a trip to Austria and Hungary, traveling on the Danube River between Vienna
and Budapest. Earlier last year, she journeyed to Australia and Singapore.

After decades of traveling, Port doesn’t seem to have slowed down — even though she’s 97.

Dr. Nir Barzilai.

HealthCare February 2011

Matters of the Heart: lessons from a blind Israeli runner, drumming for aerobics, and more
Staff Writer
02/07/2011 - 19:00
HealthCare February 2011


Staff Writer
01/24/2011 - 19:00

Birders To Converge
On Eilat

Gearing Up For ’11, And Adding Perks

Special To The Jewish Week
01/24/2011 - 19:00

2010 was record year
for tourism to Israel, with nearly 3.5 million foreign travelers coming to the Jewish state, and the Israeli hotel industry is hoping for a repeat performance in 2011. In fact, many major hotels are in the midst of upgrading their rooms and services in order to lure new visitors from North America during the ’11 tourist season.

Here is a roundup of what some of the top hotels in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and beyond are offering guests.



The Boutique Difference

Growing number of intimate, arty hotels offer variety of experiences.
Special To The Jewish Week
01/24/2011 - 19:00

One transformed a neglectED
Bauhaus-style Tel Aviv building that was the home of the old Esther Cinema. Another, in the mystical city of Safed, is built upon ancient Roman foundations. Still another showcases the work of local Israeli artists.

The lobby of the Cinema Hotel, top, complete with an old film projector. Above, the West Tamares Hotel in North Tel Aviv.

My House Is Your House

Home exchanges and ‘couch surfing’ are growing, and cheaper, travel alternatives for those who want to see Israel like a local.
Special To The Jewish Week
01/24/2011 - 19:00

Every summer when
she was a little girl, Lior Student and her family swapped their Mediterranean beachside house for an apartment nestled inside the walls of the Jerusalem Old City’s Jewish Quarter.

“To this day — and you have to understand I come from a secular family — that was my first experience with religious kids,” Student said. “I got to know the religious quarter by heart. My parents sent us to buy pitas from the Arabs in the market.”

Israel Home Exchange founder Lior Student’s Tel Aviv apartment.. Courtesy of Lior Student
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