Rabbi Dayle Friedman, author and director of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College’s Hiddur: The Center for Aging and Judaism, has served as a pioneer in the Jewish community’s work with the elderly. She was founding director of chaplaincy services at the Philadelphia Geriatric
Center, and a founding member of the National Association of Jewish Chaplains and the Forum on Aging, Religion and Spirituality.
Women with breast cancer have seen a modest increase in survival rates over the past decade, as both prophylactic and combative treatment options become more widely available, and as expertise in genetics and molecular biology continue to expand on the clinical level.
An American Friends of Magen David Adom ambulance was dedicated to members of the U.S. Congress last month in a ceremony on Capitol Hill. The purchase of the ambulance, which will be put to use in Israel, was made possible by a gift from the estate of Jack Greenberg of Cincinnati. Some 20 House and Senate members attended the event, including Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Westchester) and Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan). The emergency vehicle was dedicated on the eve of AFMDA’s 70th anniversary.
‘Jews don’t become nurses,” Meryl Collyns (then Greenblum) was told, when she expressed interest in nursing school as she was completing high school in Queens in the early 1970s.
But she persisted and upon graduation got a job at Roosevelt Hospital, where she has worked for more than 30 years and now serves as director of nursing for maternal child health. When she began, she was one of three Jewish nurses in the hospital and recalls that her manager, a Seventh Day Adventist, was sympathetic to her scheduling needs around the Sabbath and holidays.
As a month-long string of food-consuming holidays comes to an end, Jews across the world will unbutton their waistbands and perhaps hop on a treadmill to avoid the looming threat of obesity that afflicts so many
Jewish families. But those with a genetic predisposition to obesity may now have another related monster to fear — colorectal cancer.