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Shultz hailed by Jewish leaders for helping free Soviet Jews

TEL AVIV - On Feb. 11, 1986, Soviet refusenik Natan Sharansky - freed after enduring nine years in Russian prison on false charges of treason and espionage - stepped off a jet that had carried him...

 
 By Larry Luxner    News    February 26, 2021

A need for disability advocacy

When Israeli-American violinist Itzhak Perlman debuted at Carnegie Hall in 1963, he performed while seated - a consequence of the polio that left him unable to walk without leg braces or crutches...

 

Israeli researchers use novel methods to seek treatments for deadly pancreatic cancer

By the time Barbara Goodman was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer in October 2001, there were already 30 tumors in her liver. "We knew we were in for a pretty tough battle," recalled her husba...

 
 By Larry Luxner    News    January 15, 2021

US immigration to Israel holds up in 2020 despite pandemic

TEL AVIV - Emma Caplan, 23, was seven months into her job teaching English at an elementary school in Rishon Lezion in March when the coronavirus pandemic compelled her to cut short her yearlong...

 

For the few Jews in West Virginia, one of America's most struggling states, the pandemic has offered silver linings

WHEELING, W.Va. (JTA) - Surrounded by silver crucifixes and Christmas ornaments, Samuel Posin and Joan Berlow Smith sell vintage jewelry and myriad tchotchkes at their church-turned-boutique gift...

 
 By Larry Luxner    News    November 6, 2020

Renewed US Jewish interest in Zionist Congress

(JTA) — A virus forced the World Zionist Congress to go virtual for the first time since its founding in 1897. But that didn’t stop last week’s gathering, held once every five years, from being any less crucial — or less contentious — for...

 
 By Larry Luxner    News    October 16, 2020

As Genesis Prize goes to a vote, its impact on Jewish causes grows

Doron Almog, a former head of the Israeli Defense Forces' Southern Command, was one of the heroes of Israel's 1976 hostage rescue operation in Entebbe, Uganda, and winner of the 2016 Israel Prize for...

 

New center sheds light on Babyn Yar massacre

Raisa Maistrenko will never forget Sept. 29, 1941 — the day Nazi troops rounded up the Jewish residents of Kyiv, Ukraine, and marched them to the Babyn Yar ravine on the city’s outskirts. “Leaflets were posted saying that all the Jews had to ga...

 
 By Larry Luxner    News    August 14, 2020

Israeli scientists identify new culprit behind cancerous growths: tumor-specific bacteria

REHOVOT, Israel - Despite their reputation, most bacteria are harmless. Many are vital to human life. Others, however, cause infections that lead to fatal diseases ranging from tuberculosis to...

 
 By Larry Luxner    Features    July 24, 2020

This Jewish college offers a fast track to careers in medicine and health

Eitan Glucksman often wakes up at 4:30 a.m., putting in 15-hour days as a first-year urology resident at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York. The father of two has a grueling schedule...

 
 By Larry Luxner    News    March 13, 2020

Hundreds of Russian-speaking Jews gather in Vienna for unique festival despite anxiety

VIENNA-Few events feature both wiener schnitzel and kosher wine, songs from the classic Yiddish "Bey Mir Bist du Scheyn" to the bluesy "Georgia On My Mind," and uplifting Shabbat services and debates... Full story

 
 By Larry Luxner    News    October 25, 2019

Israeli researchers at forefront of fight against breast cancer

TEL AVIV—About 2.1 million women worldwide developed breast cancer in 2018, according to the World Health Organization. Last year also saw some 627,000 fatalities due to breast cancer—nearly all because their cancer had spread to distant organs.... Full story

 
 By Larry Luxner    News    October 11, 2019

Israel gives new hope to patients with multiple myeloma

TEL AVIV-Shlomit Norman was only 42 when doctors diagnosed her with multiple myeloma-a bone marrow cancer with no known cure that rarely strikes people under the age of 65. At the time, the youngest... Full story

 
 By Larry Luxner    News    July 12, 2019

At Israel's first student-run health clinic, the mantra is health care for all-and it's free

HAIFA-At the Ruach Tova Health Center in this northern Israeli city, three medical students are hard at work trying to keep up with the steady flow of patients. Nicole Kasher, a third-year student... Full story

 
 By Larry Luxner    News    May 31, 2019

These young American women are moving to Israel to serve

JERUSALEM-Miriam Serkez, 20, a medic in this capital city with the Israeli emergency medical service Magen David Adom, immigrated recently from New Jersey. Serkez's job is part of her national... Full story

 

Unusual gap year-program is grooming new kind of European Jewish leader

BERLIN—Vanessa Roth planned to go straight to law school after graduating high school in Trier, Germany. But when she saw a flier at her local synagogue advertising a Jewish gap-year program offering professional training within a Jewish milieu,... Full story

 
 By Larry Luxner    News    January 25, 2019

This Greek school has a novel solution to problem faced by many small Jewish communities

ATHENS-In a small, nondescript classroom in Greece's capital city, 10 Jewish eighth-graders study a biblical text about Jacob and Esau under the guidance of Rivkah Carl, a Jewish teacher from... Full story

 

Devastating war injury turns Israeli soldier into best-selling author and doctor

JERUSALEM-When Asael Lubotzky led his soldiers into battle against Hezbollah 12 years ago during the Second Lebanon War, he knew he might be wounded or even killed. What the infantry platoon... Full story

 
 By Larry Luxner    News    January 12, 2018

American immigration to Israel takes a new turn in 2017

TEL AVIV-As a group of well-wishers waved tiny Israeli flags and shouted "Welcome home," Diane Hewitt of Hoboken, New Jersey, stepped off the El Al jet that had just flown her to Tel Aviv from New... Full story

 

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