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L.A. Brigade Helps Israel Fight Hunger

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/community_briefs/article/la_brigade_helps_israel_fight_hunger_20041112

Rachel Bamberger Chalkovsky doesn't need statistics to know about poverty in Israel. Affectionately known as "Bambi," the retired head midwife of Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Hospital can tell heart-wrenching tales of women who gave birth wearing tattered undergarments and shoes, and young women in their prime who are missing several teeth for lack of dental health care and an adequate diet. From reading the postnatal hemoglobin counts of mothers she knows that 20 percent of the 900 birthing mothers coming to the hospital each month are subsisting on food such as bread and margarine.

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