Jewish Journal

Enhanced immune system could cure Alzheimer’s

by Ruthie Blum

March 19, 2014 | 3:07 pm

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Imagine being able to inhibit or reverse a universal affliction — brain degeneration — and specific diseases or physical injuries that cause its sudden onset. This is precisely what Michal... read full article

  • When the extreme elderly slip away

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 19, 2014 | 2:36 pm

    When I woke my nearly 97-year-old mother at noon one day recently, she was delighted with my presence. Leaning in closely so she could see me, despite her macular degeneration, and hear me, despite her near-deafness, we talked about sweet nothings.

    Her new normal is confusion....

  • Good things come to those who wait

    by Leslee Komaiko

    February 19, 2014 | 1:26 pm

    Apparently Burt Kopelow didn’t get the memo that you’re supposed to slow down as you approach 90. 

    The Lake Balboa resident and Brooklyn native paints just about every day — all day — despite a stroke more than 10 years ago that compromised his mobility. His routine is simple:...

  • The power of two

    by Claudia Boyd-Barrett, Contributing Writer

    January 31, 2014 | 10:37 am

    Lee Shoag is the kind of husband who tells his wife he loves her wrinkles.

    Barbara Shoag says her husband’s excess pounds mean she has more of him to hug.

    But when the Reform Jews from Long Beach, both 74, took a whitewater rafting trip several years ago and found themselves...

  • Possibilities for recently retired

    by Talia Lavin

    December 12, 2013 | 12:51 pm

    When Rabbi Neal Borovitz retired from Temple Avodat Shalom of River Edge, N.J., in August, his congregation donated a Torah in his honor to a Reform Jewish summer camp. At the dedication service, Borovitz sat in the audience as his successor offered a sermon about the Torah’s...

  • Guide dog helps champion blind golfer stay the course

    By Ayala Or-el

    December 12, 2013 | 12:39 pm

    Zohar Sharon can count on having the company of two others when he takes to the golf course — his caddy and his guide dog.

    “She is always there for me,” he said of Venus, a yellow Labrador/golden retriever cross. “She comes with me to play golf every day. She’s simply great.”

  • Funding a Jewish future

    by Lisa Alcalay Klug

    September 12, 2013 | 1:12 pm

    When Allen Alevy was 12 years old, he was called to the Torah for the first time. Although he hadn’t yet had a bar mitzvah, his maternal grandfather’s Orthodox synagogue was one man shy of a minyan

    Alevy, who attended morning services regularly, recalls feeling so honored that...

  • Empty nest, full fridge

    By Judy Zeidler

    July 19, 2013 | 2:00 pm

    My son Paul and his wife, Amber, were the original baby boomers, graduating from college in the ’80s, getting married and raising four children. 
    They both love to cook, and when their kids were growing up, they always ate family dinners together, every night.  The only rule...

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