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  • Celebrating Shavuot, partying with The Rolling Stones and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 9, 2014 | 8:20 am

    Celebrating Shavuot at the Kibbutz

    Last week, we celebrated the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. It is celebrated on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan, and it marks the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. It marks the conclusion of the Counting of the Omer, seven weekd from...

  • Man Mammograms for Jews, A Breathless News Release You’ll Never Read

    By Pini Herman

    April 30, 2014 | 3:29 pm

    UCLA Center for Health Policy Research just released a finding that Korean women have the lowest rate of recent mammograms. The press release neglected to mention that those same women are likely to have the lowest rates of breast cancer deaths in the U.S.

    Not so with Ashkenazi...

  • Israeli breast cancer survivor filling a niche

    February 10, 2014 | 2:23 pm

    Michelle Kolath-Arbel squeezes a nipple, rolling it in her fingers with a look of mild disgust.

    This model, which Kolath-Arbel ordered from China two years ago for $50, is thick and crude and took three months to arrive in the mail.

    “It was hard, rubbery,” she said. “It looked...

  • A day to learn about women’s wellness

    February 5, 2014 | 4:10 pm

    Quick. And no using your smart phone. What is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States? If you answered breast cancer, you’re close. Indeed, breast cancer takes far too many lives each year. But it is No. 2. No. 1 is heart disease.

    Ready for another one? Chia seeds: Just...

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  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 29, 2013 | 12:38 pm

    A Nazi themed café. In 2013

    The Soldaten Kaffee ("The Soldiers' Café"), named after the popular hangout for soldiers in Germany and occupied Paris during World War II, is all Nazi-themed. From waiters wearing shirts with swastikas, to a Hitler wax figure, the small café sparked...

  • Angelina’s breast cancer victory isn’t for celebrities only

    May 22, 2013 | 5:02 pm

    Actress Angelina Jolie just announced that she underwent a preventive double mastectomy after learning that she was genetically predisposed to cancer. Her disclosure was a powerful show of solidarity with the more than 100,000 American women who undergo breast removal surgery each...

  • Angelina Jolie has double mastectomy after discovering ‘Jewish gene’

    May 14, 2013 | 9:25 am

    Actress Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy after discovering that she had the breast cancer gene common to Ashkenazi Jewish women.

    Jolie wrote in an Op-Ed in The New York Times that she decided to have the surgery after being told she had the BRCA1 gene mutation and had an 87...

  • “How To Be A Friend To A Friend Who’s Sick” – Book Recommendation

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 27, 2013 | 10:06 am

    Letty Cottin Pogrebin has written an indispensable guide when a member of one’s family or a dear friend becomes ill or suffers a tragic death, what to do, say and not say, how to respond and be the friend the stricken most needs.

    Letty is a founding editor of Ms Magazine, an...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 24, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, IDF Former Chief of Staff, Dies at 68

    Former Israel Defense Force Chief of Staff, Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, died this Thursday after a long battle with cancer, at age 68. He was a significant figure in Israeli history, and will be remembered as a kind, one of a...

  • Meet Linda – This is What Cancer Looks Like

    By Ilana Angel

    February 5, 2012 | 1:12 am

    It took just three days for the Susan G. Komen Foundation to change their minds about funding Planned Parenthood.  There have been countless stories written about both their decision, and then their change of heart.

    I’m sure their hearts had nothing to do with either decision.  I...

  • Komen foundation cuts funding to Planned Parenthood

    February 1, 2012 | 2:28 pm

    The Susan B. Komen for the Cure foundation cut funding for Planned Parenthood breast cancer testing.

    The foundation said the decision, which was announced Tuesday, was prompted by its ban on dealing with groups under investigation in Congress.

    Planned Parenthood’s defenders say the...

  • Passing of Evelyn Lauder marked by Jewish activists against breast cancer

    November 15, 2011 | 1:08 pm

    It’s hard to find a Jewish woman without a direct connection to breast cancer. With nearly one in 40 women of Ashkenazi descent possessing a genetic mutation that greatly increases their chances of contracting the disease, breast cancer, like Tay-Sachs and Gaucher’s, is a...

  • In the war on breast cancer, Israel leads

    November 1, 2010 | 12:58 pm

    Irit Paneth, in and out of remission from breast cancer for more than a decade, was among the thousands who wound their way like a giant pink-and-white ribbon through Jerusalem’s streets in the first Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure held in Israel.

    “What’s important...

  • Genetic research can open book on Jewish identity—for good and bad

    By Adam Wills

    December 10, 2008 | 11:12 pm

    Father William Sanchez wears a Star of David pendant on the same chain as his crucifix, and he keeps a menorah in his parish office. After a DNA test confirmed his Sephardic roots, the Albuquerque priest has been actively reconciling this discovery with his Catholic beliefs....
  • Jewish women change their destinies by testing for genetic mutation

    By Julie G Fax

    March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Erika Taylor didn't want to know whether she had the breast cancer gene.

    "My thinking was I would never get a prophylactic mastectomy," Taylor, 44, said of the idea of removing her breasts as a preventive measure. "I just thought it was horrible thing to do to myself, and if I...

  • Counting my bruchas

    By Fredricka R. Maister

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    They say brakha, I say brucha in referring to BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations, the strong predictors of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer found with unusual frequency in women of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.

    Yes, "brucha," the Hebrew for blessing. Initially, I was being facetious by...

  • Groups offer hope and support for advanced breast cancer patients

    By Francesca Lunzer Kritz

    October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Ever since Elizabeth Edwards, wife of Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards, announced that her breast cancer had recurred and was treatable, but not curable, breast cancer organizations have been fielding questions from women -- both from cancer patients and from women...
  • Healing community rises from life-threatening illness

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "There but for the grace of God go I ...," you think upon hearing of some horrendous freak accident. "There and there and there and there but for the grace of God ...," you recite when hearing about the women in your life who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. For breast cancer...
  • Can MRI save lives?

    By Adam Wills

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In 2003, Leslie Berlin was training six days a week, two hours a day as a figure skater. Two years earlier, while taking lessons with her twin sister, she fell in love with the sport. At 37, she started entering competitions at an age when most professionals hang up their skates....
  • Sher Cohen’s Law & Order: Justice Unit

    By Gaby Friedman

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Don't call Nancy Sher Cohen at home after 8:30 p.m. "One of two things is usually true," the 54-year-old-litigator said. "Either I am asleep, because I am exhausted [from all the work], or I am out because I am working."

    For other, less-energetic people, an 8:30 nightly collapse from...

  • Letters to the Editor

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In late May 1948, when faced with an embargo on weaponry in defending the new born State of Israel, Provisional prime-minister David Ben-Gurion received an offer of assistance from an unlikely source. Czechoslovakia, then under the firm control of Soviet Russia, offered the...

  • Breast Cancer Tips Doctors Don’t Share

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    My mother recently called me with a request: One of the moms at the elementary school she works at was newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Could I give her a call?

    I immediately phoned Susan, a sweet, smart lady in her early 40s. She was weighing her options about surgery and...

  • Bus Girl

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    April 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The fictional Carrie Bradshaw saw her image on a bus placard because she wrote a popular sex column.

    But Carol Taubman sees her image go by each day on the side of MTA buses for a very different reason.

    Three years ago, Taubman, an industrial real estate broker, participated in her...

  • Coping With Cancer Proves Family Affair

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In the first moments after Lori Marx-Rubiner was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, several fears ran through her head. The Jewish community social worker, who was 35 at the time, wondered about her mortality and worried about the prospect of pain and nausea induced by...

  • Genetic Mutations Linked to Cancer

    By Peter Ephross

    October 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    More information about health can only help -- even if the information isn't so positive.

    That seems to be the lesson of a new study confirming that Ashkenazi Jewish women with particular genetic mutations have a high risk of contracting breast cancer.

    But the effects can be...

  • Chains of Support

    By Julie G Fax

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Two days after her radical breast cancer surgery last May, Missy Stein hit that moment where all the emotional and physical implications of her condition came crashing in on her.

    But then she remembered Sari Abrams' words.

    In a phone call before the surgery, Abrams, who had a...

  • The Safe Spot

    By Carin Davis

    April 25, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    "How do you explain breast cancer to your 3 1/2-year-old son?" asked Susan Cohen of Woodland Hills. "How does your spouse feel about becoming your caretaker?" These are some of the questions addressed at The Safe Spot. "The things we shared with other families [who] were on the same...

  • Beyond Breast Cancer

    By Unai Montes

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I cannot think of many books I have read with a title as lengthy as Marisa and Ellen Weiss' "Living Beyond Breast Cancer: A Survivor's Guide for When Treatment Ends and the Rest of Your Life Begins." Nor can I think of many with a title so apt. For the last year I have wondered...