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

Healthcare February 2013

Creating A ‘Canyon Ranch For Kids’,
Embracing Her Own Disability,
Kosher Fitness

Healthcare February 2013

Healthcare October 2012

New Genetic Testing Method Can Be Mixed Blessing

Staff Writer

A new method of genetic testing that can detect more problems in a fetus, but also reveal confusing information about chromosomal anomalies, will soon become more widely available to expectant mothers; a clinical trial has proven its advantages over standard methods of fetal genetic testing.

Barbara Bernhardt

Healthcare October 2012

A World of Research

Mixed blessing for new genetic testing method, men and the BRCA mutations and more.


Where’s The Beef?

A deli owner’s vegan journey.

Editorial Intern

His Shabbat table used to host an impressive array of roast beef, pastrami, turkey, breaded chicken and cholent, the traditional Jewish stew, teeming with meat.

Half the man he once was: Michael Klein has lost 150 pounds since going vegan. Courtesy of Michael Klein

Bible Guy Gets Physical

A.J. Jacobs’ journey from flab to fitness.

Special To The Jewish Week

Not so long ago, my neighbor A.J. Jacobs grew a long, unruly beard; scrawled the Ten Commandments on his doorpost; and stoned (or, rather, kicked a few pebbles toward) suspected adulterers. He documented these antics in a best-selling book, “The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible.”

Attacking The Roots Of Cancer

Israeli Nobel winner, at 74, still researching why cells go awry.

Staff Writer

Dr. Avram Hershko, a Hungarian-born Israeli biochemist, shared the 2004 Nobel Prize for Chemistry with his former graduate student, Aaron Ciechanover, and American researcher Irwin Rose.

Avram Hershko

‘They Are There For You When You Aren’t Feeling Well’

In a new network, Jewish cancer survivors are finding the understanding they need.


Roni Bibring was 15 when she was diagnosed with leukemia. Four years later, her treatment completed, she says her biggest challenge — having lost touch with many of her friends — is making new friends who understand what she’s been through.

R-Mission members Robin Burger, Roni Bibring and Yonina Teitelbaum at inaugural event in June.  R-Mission

Of Mutations And Men

Male carriers of BRCA mutations face uncertain risks.

Special To The Jewish Week

Bill Kolodin participates in an annual ritual that is a mystery to most men. Every spring, the retired liquor storeowner sits in a room full of anxious women, listening for his name, awaiting his yearly mammogram.

Rabbi Jonathan Adland turned anger into action when he was diagnosed with both forms of the BRCA mutation.
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