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

Healthcare October 2014

A More Definitive Breast Cancer Test?
Helping Others Cope With An Illness He Conquered
Israelis Growing Hungry For Vegan Diet

Healthcare October 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
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