Medical clowning program at University of Haifa is serious business.
Haifa — In a few years Shira Friedlander, a young Orthodox woman from Jerusalem, wants to go into Israeli hospitals to lift the spirits of patients. So these days she’s studying such subjects as anthropology, costume design and shamanism.
According to clinical psychologist Esther Altmann, writing on the MyJewishLearning website, "Anorexia and bulimia are most prevalent within upwardly mobile demographic groups, and are amongst the most emotionally and physically devastating disorders affecting young Jewish women. The Jewish community has become increasingly aware that eating disorders are a serious health concern and, in some cases, a life threatening condition."