New Subsidy For Breast Cancer Testing

Einstein-affiliated Jewish genetic health program joins with Montefiore on BRCA1/2 screening.

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Beginning this week, the Program for Jewish Genetic Health, a nonprofit affiliated with Yeshiva University and the school’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine, is teaming up with Montefiore Health System to offer subsidized genetic testing for Ashkenazi women and men who might be carriers of the BRCA1/2 genes for breast cancer. The cost for the test is $100. To discuss the test and broader questions about breast cancer, The Jewish Week spoke with Dr. Susan Klugman, medical director for the Program for Jewish Genetic Health, director of the division of reproductive genetics at Montefiore, and professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology and women’s health at Einstein. The interview was conducted via email.

Dr. Susan Klugman

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.’

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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

A Medical, And Societal, Breakthrough

Israeli Arab researcher at Weizmann Institute is helping to unlock the ‘magic’ of embryonic stem cells.

Staff Writer

Jacob Hanna is a medical doctor and an assistant professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel whose team of scientists discovered a foolproof way of recreating embryonic stem cells in a laboratory.

“Unfortunately,” says Jacob Hanna, “minorities here have problems in trying to reach the top.”  Courtesy of Weizmann Institute

Israelis Growing Hungry For Vegan Diet

Issues of animal treatment, health benefits come together in trend.


Tel Aviv — The music pounded, the liquor flowed, dancers filled the floor and khinkali meat dumplings and kababi skewers — staples of traditional Georgian cuisines — sat on almost every table.

Vendors offering vegan food for sale at a festival last week in Tel Aviv.  Ben Sales

A Different Kind Of Roots Journey

How DNA testing can reveal Jewish ancestry and shed light on the Zionist narrative.


When Noah Slepkov started using online genealogical tools to build a family tree, little did he know that his personal exploration might have significant implications for all of the Jewish people — including those not even aware of their Jewish roots.

The Jewish People Policy Institute presented a set of recommendations on genetic testing. Marc Israel Sellem/Pool/Flash 90

Helping Others Cope With An Illness He Conquered

Howard Bressler’s book on coping with cancer advises patients to embrace humor, normalcy and life.

Jewish Week Correspondent

During the long, often distressing month in which Howard Bressler was confined to a hospital, anyone calling his room while he was asleep, elsewhere in the hospital or otherwise preoccupied heard a voice message modeled after the one on
“Hello, and welcome to cancer phone,” it began. “If you know the name of the cancer you would like to hear about, press 1. To choose from a list of current cancers, press 2. To find out which cancers are prevalent in your area, press 3. If you want to leave a message for Howard, please start speaking after the tone. Have a great day, and remember, bald is beautiful.”

Bressler’s daughters, Michal, left, and Daniella, adjust to their father's new look after his discharge from the hospital.

A More Definitive Breast Cancer Test?

Diagnostic screening tool that looks at immune system has its R&D center in Jerusalem.

Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem —Tamar, an Israeli woman in her early 50s, is at high risk for breast cancer, but the very dense tissue in her breasts prevents the most widely used tests — mammograms and ultrasounds — from offering a definitive “all-clear.” 

Octava Pink measures cancer-specific auto-antibodies. Courtesy of Eventus Diagnostics
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