Growth In A Time Of Illness

American olim create spiritual approach to dealing with sickness.


Israelis have a reputation for being frank and direct — dugri, in local parlance. But when it comes to death and dying or dealing with chronic illness, many Israelis have as much trouble dealing with it as people in any other part of the world.

A Tishkofet workshop for caregivers in Jerusalem. Courtesy of Tishkofet

The Maimonides Effect

The medieval philosopher-physician has left a ‘practical legacy’ on modern medical practice.


Doctors around the world hold in high regard the writings and manner of care of medieval philosopher-physician Moses Maimonides (“Rambam”), whose teachings have left a significant mark on modern medical practice. 

Maimonides: A bronze statue of Maimonides in Cordoba, Spain. Wikimedia Commons.

Genetic Screening Made Easy

The process is becoming more accessible through at-home testing kits.


One in four Jews is a carrier of one or more of the 19 known preventable Jewish genetic diseases, according to the Center for Jewish Genetics.

A kit developed by Emory University’s School of Medicine. Courtesy of JScreen

‘The Santa Of Tzedaka’

Not using those tickets? Get them to Mike Dube, and he'll take a sick child out to the ballgame.

Special To The Jewish Week

On Tuesday, Jan. 7, at exactly 9:50 p.m., Joanna Adams-Duffy received a text message from a man who said his name was Mike Dube.

Not standing pat: Dube with 10-year-old Patriots fan Daniel Morrison.

‘The Holy Ghost Sent You To Us’

A chasidic addiction specialist’s close encounter with the nuns of the Sisters of St. Francis.

Culture Editor

For a psychiatrist to question a patient about her parents and her past to gain insight into her anger or alcoholism is commonplace. But when the psychiatrist is a chasidic rabbi, the scion of a rabbinic dynasty, and the patient is a nun, the scene is more striking.

Working with nuns “was too good an experience to let go,” says Rabbi Abraham Twerski. Courtesy of Gateway Rehab Center

New IVF Rules Seen As ‘Nerve-Racking’

Women now in position of having to pay for treatments after eight cycles.

Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — The Health Ministry’s recent announcement that it will no longer automatically fund unlimited IVF treatments is causing a great deal of concern among Israelis struggling with infertility.

Healthcare February 2014

Memory And The
Mediterranean Diet.
For Kids With Cancer,
A Kabbalistic Superhero.
Cancer and the Chasid.

Healthcare February 2014

Healthcare Fall 2013

Alice Hoffman's breast cancer memoir, the big questions on BRCA, improv to fight off dementia, and more.

Healthcare Fall 2013

Up Front: Health Notes

A roundup of news items from across the Jewish health world.Gurwin At 25: Still Growing

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Gurwin At 25: Still Growing

The vision was to open a Jewish-sponsored, not-for-profit nursing home in Suffolk County where one’s more traditional, kosher parents and grandparents would feel at home.

An aerial view of the Gurwin campus. Next month, a six-bed palliative care center is set to open. Photo courtesy of Gurwin

Moroccan Connection To Cancer Breakthrough

Israeli researcher Yosef Shiloh found rare genetic mutation in Jewish family with North African roots.

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Yosef Shiloh, the winner in 2011 of the Israel Prize for Life Sciences and the Clowes Award of the American Association for Cancer Research, is now on sabbatical and doing work at NYU Cancer Center.

Yosef Shiloh
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