Is Red Tape Slowing Israeli Biomedical Field?

Blossoming industry being held back by lengthy approval process, experts say.

Jerusalem — While Israel is fast becoming a leader in the biomedical and biotechnology fields, industry experts say the Israeli Health Ministry may be unduly hindering its growth.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama during an exhibition of technological innovations.

Rambam Nearing Completion Of Underground Hospital

Built in case of another war, Haifa facility will have capacity of 2,000 beds.

Staff Writer

Dr. Rafael Beyar, director-general of the Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, is presiding over the hospital’s construction of a $350 million underground hospital for use in case of another war.

Dr. Rafael Beyer: New hospital’s needs grew out of Yom Kippur War. Photos courtesy of Rambam Hospital

‘None Of Their Business’

The author’s close encounter with a chasid with cancer.

Special To The Jewish Week

Author’s Note: On Sept. 29, 2009, the day after Yom Kippur — before I’d had a chance to commit any new sins — I went for my annual mammogram and found out I had breast cancer.

Letty Cottin Pogrebin’s book on etiquette among the infirm grew out of her own encounter with cancer. Mike Lovett

For Kids With Cancer, A Kabbalistic Superhero

Art therapist’s graphic novel inspired by her husband’s battle with the disease.

Special To The Jewish Week

After her husband died of a rare form of cancer, leaving her alone to raise their twin boys, Shira Frimer responded the only way that made sense to her:

Shira Frimer, left, says her graphic novel for children with cancer was inspired by Art Spiegelman’s “Maus.

Memory And The Mediterranean Diet

New study suggests additional benefits of Israeli-style eating, even as Israelis are consuming more meat and fast food.

Jewish Week Book Critic

When Golda Meir first visited Kibbutz Merhavia in 1921, she found the members eating “terrible food” like uncooked vegetables and olives.

The famed Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem.

Healthcare May 2013

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

Healthcare May 2013

Saving Lives, Giving Back

A cancer survivor reflects on donations she made, and priceless donations she received.

Special to The Jewish Week

Iwas 18 the first time I donated blood. A biology major in college in New York City, I was in perfect health.

Kosher Fitness

Growing numbers of Orthodox are hitting the gym in Jerusalem.

Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Three times a week, and soon to be four, Rachel Lobel heads to a women’s-only gym in the center of the city. Once there, she trades in her long skirt and blouse for exercise clothes and removes the hat she wears in public.

Religious and non-religious women train together at Swan, a women-only gym and spa in Jerusalem. Michele Chabin

Embracing Her Own Disability

Activist Harilyn Rousso overcame cerebral palsy (with the help of a prodding Ashkenazi mother) to find a sense of belonging.

Jewish Week Book Critic

As a child, Harilyn Rousso faced a lot of staring and pointing and stupid questions. Because of her cerebral palsy, she walked, moved, held her body and talked in different ways than most people. Yet throughout her early life, she denied that she was disabled and never spoke about it. Perhaps, she says now, she just didn’t have the words.

Harilyn Rousso’s new autobiographical book is more a collage than a self-portrait. Photos courtesy Temple University Press

Creating A ‘Canyon Ranch For Kids’

Isaac Mamaysky and Lisa Kravitz plan country’s first Jewish health-and-wellness camp.

Associate Editor

Ayear after Isaac Mamaysky and Lisa Kravitz celebrate their wedding this June, they plan to welcome their first child: Camp Zeke, a Jewish overnight camp focused on health and wellness.

Lisa Kravitz, with husband and Camp Zeke partner Isaac Mamaysky. Photo courtesy Camp Zeke
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