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Israel Travel May 2014

Tourism Among The Ruins; A Train With Southern Exposure; A Pilgrim’s Progress; Toward Tourism

Israel Travel May 2014

Lessening The ‘Illness Burden’

Palliative care: not just for end-of-life situations.

Special To The Jewish Week

During the past 50 years, the U.S. has led an international movement in palliative care, dedicated to improving the lives of patients with painful or debilitating illnesses such as heart failure, chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD), cancer, HIV/AIDS, cirrhosis, kidney disease and degenerative nervous system diseases like dementia.
Yet many Americans are either unfamiliar with the term “palliative care” or think it’s only part of end-of-life care.

Treating Bipolar Disorder: It Takes A Family

Director of Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center program stresses treatment not done in isolation.

Editor and Publisher

When Carol Levin first encountered Dr. Igor Galynker, a prominent psychiatrist in New York, several years ago to discuss her adult son’s ongoing mental health issues, she was uncomfortable with the doctor’s analysis. He had said that her son had been misdiagnosed and was taking the wrong medication.
Levin and her family sought treatment elsewhere for her son, who has bipolar disorder.

Dr. Igor Galynker combines teaching, research and practice in addressing bipolar disorder.

Their Foremothers’ Daughters

Jewish women have embraced reproductive technology, but some within the community say risks and ethics are given short shrift.

Web Editor

‘Give me children or I shall die,” said Rachel to her husband Jacob, speaking for many women of the Bible who struggled to have children, and figured out how to do it.  [Genesis 30:1]

Rachel ordered Jacob to sleep with her servant; Sarah did likewise to Abraham. Tamar became pregnant by pretending to be a prostitute. And Hannah promised her son to the priesthood, if only God would give her one.

Marci Darnovsky is known for her work on the ethical issues of a “three-parent” baby.

‘An Environment Where Elders Can Thrive’

In bid to reinvent elder care, Jewish Home Lifecare’s new Living Center is ‘cross between kibbutz, commune and college dorm.’

Culture Editor

Ten thousand Americans turn 65 every day, and will continue to do so for the next 19 years, according to a study by the Pew Research Center. By 2030 in New York City, one in five residents will be over 65.

The Living Center of Manhattan. Inset: Jewish Home Lifecare CEO Courtesy of Jewish Life Homecare

New Site To Combat ‘Genetic Illiteracy’

YU relaunches site about genetic health issues.


Last year, the Program for Jewish Genetic Health at Yeshiva University/Albert Einstein College of Medicine relaunched an online resource designed to educate people about a wide range of complex genetic issues. 

Chani Wiesman: Dispelling myths about genetic testing.

A Family’s Eyes On The Prize

Working for a cure for the rare Jewish genetic disorder, Usher Syndrome.

Special To The Jewish Week

When Rachel Chaikof travels the world, she prefers to go alone. Instead of having to adhere to friends’ schedules or a tour group’s extensive itinerary, she likes to go at her own pace.

Adjusting to Usher Syndrome: Left, Jessica, Rachel and Melissa Chaikof. Right, Dorie Shapiro. Courtesy of Chaikof family

Healthcare May 2014

A Family’s Eyes On The Prize; Reinventing Eldercare; IVF And Ethics

Healthcare May 2014

Next Year In …

From Kiev to rural Maine, the seder has a distinct flavor in scattered corners of the world. Three of our readers contribute their stories.

Special To The Jewish Week

How The Jews Of Kiev Got Their Matzah In time For Passover ...

Since the early 1960s I was involved in the struggle to obtain for Soviet Jews the right to emigrate and the right to practice their religion. In 1991 I was serving as the head of Operation Lifeline, an independently funded outreach program created by the National Council on Soviet Jewry to support Jewish life in the USSR and former Soviet Union.                     

For Helen Brook, obtaining her family’s supply of matzah in the FSU wasn’t an easy matter.

Eight Is Enough (Dayenu!)

New kosher wines for the Passover season.

Special To The Jewish Week

For the kosher wine industry, the lead-up to Passover is what the run-up to New Year’s Eve is for the sparkling wine industry — a time of big sales and bigger hype. Not surprisingly, this is also the time of year when the greatest number of new kosher wines hit the market. 

Carmel’s 2013 Selected Cabernet Sauvignon
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