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Caring For A Loved One, The Play

A breast cancer diagnosis, and its effect on a couple, are at the center of Samuel Simon’s ‘The Actual Dance.’

Special To The Jewish Week

Caring for a loved one who is terminally ill is one of the most agonizing things that a person can do. For Samuel Simon, a lawyer turned playwright who is now performing his one-man play, “The Actual Dance,” his wife’s breast cancer diagnosis launched both members of the couple on a harrowing journey into the workings of the human heart.

Samuel Simon says the play, his first, is about “finding integrity in the most difficult task of life.” Xanthe Elbrick

Combating Ebola’s Fear Factor

For Jews fighting the disease, specialty is psychosocial therapy.


Even amid the unceasing horrors of Sierra Leone’s Ebola epidemic, it was a case that stood out.

IsraAid psychosocial trauma specialists Hela Yaniv, left, and Sheri Oz leading a counseling and training session.

At The Intersection Of Health And Economics

Heart wellness programs for charedi and Arab women focus on eating habits and exercise.

Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — It was a bitter cold Jerusalem evening but that didn’t stop about 50 female teachers and staffers at the ultra-Orthodox Beis Yaakov School in Geula from attending an evening lecture on “Healthy Home Baking.”

The Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Institute for Women at Hadassah Hospital. Courtesy of Hadassah and Bishvilech

Healthcare January 2015

At The Intersection Of Health And Economics. Caring For A Loved One, The Play. New Subsidy For Breast Cancer Testing

Healthcare January 2015

Jewish Journeys, Travel Directory


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My Girona

The Catalonian city and the reclamation of its Jewish past.

Special To The Jewish Week

In the charming port town of Castello d’Empúries, municipal guide Paul Andreu tells Jewish visitors about the “call,” the town’s Jewish district — “Sepharad is your home.”

The Romanesque bridge of Besalu.

A Dream Trail Unchosen

Aulus and the need to remember.

Special To The Jewish Week

‘Are you a big-city girl?” our burly host, Jean-Michel, inquired over breakfast in a centuries-old bishop’s palace he had bought from a friend and converted into a bed-and-breakfast in St. Lizier, one of the oldest, loveliest villages of the Ariège, in southern France. My husband and I were following a dream trail from Barcelona, through Catalunya, the country of medieval Jewish mystics, across the Pyrenees and to the land of the Cathars.

A sign pointing the way to one of the area’s thermal springs.  David Koral

A Costa Rican Casa That’s Kosher

Exquisite beaches, tropical scenery — and a private chef to cook for the kashrut-observant family.

Travel Writer

Anytime she traveled off the proverbial beaten path, Riverdale’s Bryna Landes, like many Jews who keep kosher, used to pack heavy. Really heavy. Suitcases full of canned tuna, shrink-wrapped bread, pots, pans and peelers amounted to a portable kosher kitchen.

A rental in Guanacaste. “There is a niche, and there is a need,” says kosher rental broker.  Courtesy of Kosher Casas

Hummus In The Prenzlauer Berg

The Israelification of Berlin.

Travel Writer

This winter, the relentlessly modern city of Berlin is taking a hard look back — at the fall of the Berlin Wall, 25 years ago last month, and at four-and-a-half decades of Communism that divided a people.

Opposite page, top: Dancing at a “kibbutz” party sponsored by Habait. Courtesy Nirit Bialer/Habait

In Downtown L.A., Everything Old Is New Again

Remaking the city’s now-hip (and touristy) Grand Central Market, whose deep Jewish roots go back nearly a century.


Los Angeles — At 97 years old, Grand Central Market has become one of the hottest destinations in this city, drawing long lines of foodies eager for the finest in artisanal cheeses, coddled eggs and pour-over coffee.

Micah Wexler at Wexler’s Deli, above. Opposite page, inside the Grand Central Market. Anthony Weiss
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