Brooklyn End-Of-Summer Singles Extravaganza, August 25

Baila Sebrow, a columnist for the Five Towns Jewish Times, is organizing a singles event to benefit Rabbi Bentzion Klatzko’s on Sunday, August 25, for machmir singles ages 24—38. The event is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at the home of Dr. Chaim and Mrs. Yael Gitelis, 2705 Avenue K in Brooklyn.

Rabbi Klatzko and his rebbetzin are well known amongst singles for opening their home to them on a weekly basis to house and feed anyone who needs a place to stay for Shabbos.

The evening will feature a quality crowd, hot catered buffet by Holy Schnitzel, entertainment, interactive programming, shadchanim, and everything else needed for a successful event. The price is $36. For reservations, contact Baila Sebrow at 516-849-5863 or

Friendship Gathering For Frum Women With Cancer

Bikur Cholim Chesed Organization, in partnership with Sharsheret and CancerCare, hosts monthly friendship gatherings for frum women who are in treatment for or have been in treatment for cancer. The next confidential meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 10, 11:00 a.m.—12:30 p.m., in Bikur Cholim Chesed Organization, at 5216 11th Avenue, and will be free of charge. Come hear interesting guest speakers and have opportunities to meet others who understand, while enjoying a light, healthy snack. For more information, please leave a message for Shlomis at 718-438-2020, ext. 7432, and tell her the most private way to reach you. This project is sponsored by the Caring Commission of the UJA Federation of Greater New York. v

Israeli Herbal Tea Remedy Slashes Blood-Sugar Levels

Galilee Tisanes, the makers of the Glucole herbal-tea remedy, report that they have carried out an eight-week successful trial concerning the effect of the herbal tea on its consumers. As a result of the trial, they say it has been proved that patients who have used the Glucole tea according to the instructions, drinking two to three cups a day, see a significant decrease in their blood sugar, with an average of 18% in just eight weeks.

Glucole herbal-tea remedy is a natural blend of herbs for reducing and balancing sugar levels in the blood. The tea reduces blood-sugar levels and breaks down carbohydrates and fats, which can rise to dangerous levels among diabetics after meals.

The Glucole tea contains only herbal ingredients–stevia rebaudiana, gymnema sylvestre, sage, olive leaves, lemon grass, and lemon verbena. The tea rehabilitates and activates the pancreas, causing it to secrete insulin, a hormone that helps the cells absorb glucose from the bloodstream and use it to produce energy, thereby reducing sugar levels in the blood.

In addition, drinking Glucole tea decreases the body’s resistance to insulin. The cells get “reinfluenced” by the insulin; they absorb the sugar, disassemble it, and, as a result, stabilize the levels of sugar in the blood.

The tea is free of preservatives, additives, flavors, or colorings and is grown in the Galilee region of Israel, with a composition of earth that uniquely gives it its soft tannins and juicy flavor. No herbicide, pesticides, or any form of chemical compounds have been used in growing the herbs for the past seven years.

Among other herbs, the tea contains the stevia leaf–a plant that is 300 times sweeter than sugar but is not ingested in the body. The addition of stevia makes the tea naturally sweet and tasty, without the need for any additional sugar or artificial sweetener.

The stevia leaf plays an important role in diabetes control. This herb stabilizes blood sugar while it reduces insulin resistance, two key factors in type 2 diabetes. The Glucole tea was shown not to induce drug interactions or side effects. On average, users of the tea dropped about five pounds over the eight-week trial period, just from drinking the tea. In addition, they also reported fewer food cravings and decreased thirst, two common symptoms of diabetes.

It couldn’t be easier: simply drink a cup of Glucole tea with your meal, and take control of your blood sugar. To help maintain a healthy blood-sugar level and for preventive healthcare, drink one or two cups per day with meals. For a more dramatic sugar-controlling effect, drink three cups per day, one after each meal.

In order to get the most out of the tea remedy, after finishing steeping the tea bag in a cup, you can open the tea bag and spread the herbal content on a salad or mix it with some plain yogurt. That will help increase the absorption of the herbs for even better blood-sugar balance.

Galilee Tisanes timeless quality herbs are famous for their high juice contents, soft tannins, and rich flavors, which are critical to the success of these teas. The company’s unique group of condition-specific, clinically tested, invigorating herbal teas is designed to help with common health conditions such as high blood-sugar levels, high blood pressure, constipation, digestion, cholesterol buildup, asthma, allergies, extra weight, and food cravings.

Using knowledge passed down from generation to generation, Galilee Tisanes offers its series of healthy and invigorating medical teas, each with its own unique quality and flavor.

Galilee Tisanes is currently distributed in the U.S. to health-food stores, cross-over pharmacies, Internet retailers around the country, and other outlets. For more information, call 713-936-2248, e-mail, or visit v

OneFamily’s Unique Art Exhibit: Giving Voice To The Bereaved

On Thursday evening, August 29, OneFamily (, Israel’s only national organization solely dedicated to the rehabilitation of victims of terror attacks and their families, is to host a gala opening event for “Longing for a Hug” (Ga’aguah Le’chibuk), a unique art exhibit about the trauma and healing of bereaved Israeli children, at Tel Aviv’s Old Railway Station.

The first of its kind in Israel, the exhibit includes 40 original works of art created by well-known Israeli artists to tell the stories of children who lost parents, brothers, or sisters as a consequence of war, military operations, or terror attacks. The exhibit is based upon a book by the same name, a project initiated and supported by OneFamily to immortalize the memories of bereaved children and aid their healing processes. The book includes 150 stories of loss and longing as told by the children themselves.

“We published the book after two years of diligent work. The children who chose to share their personal stories in the book mentioned repeatedly how important it was to them that others understand their constant pain, their daily struggles,” said Chantal Belzberg, the founder and volunteer CEO of OneFamily. “It is a tremendous opportunity for the Israeli public to be a part of this unique project, to finally be able to grasp the pain of the bereaved and to heap love and warmth upon these brave children.”

During the opening event, families of the bereaved, including many of the young writers, will gather to celebrate the lives of those lost. Each writer will be recognized personally and receive a copy of the book, which is being released for the first time at the event.

A number of VIPs will be on hand for the opening event, including Minister of Economy and Trade Naftali Bennett, Minister of Education Shai Piron, Deputy Minister of Defense Danny Danon, Mayor of Tel Aviv Ron Chuldai, and IDF Chief Rabbi Rafi Peretz.

“This project helped the children process their memories and choose those that will continue to accompany them throughout their lives. Over the course of the project, the children underwent a process of personal growth and development, and gained tools that help them cope with bereavement and many situations that arise in everyday life,” added Lina Sagi, the coordinator of the book project and the art exhibit. “The children acknowledged that this project was a significant gift to them because they were given the ability to commemorate those that they lost. This exceptional exhibit takes this tribute to the next level.”

Artists participating in the “Longing for a Hug” exhibit–David D’or, Nancy Brandes, JoJo, Elan Siman Tov, and many more–chose stories from the book and depicted the feelings of nostalgia, emptiness, and longing therein through several disciplines, including painting, sculpture, and photography.

Following the event, the exhibit, curated voluntarily by multidisciplinary artist Reli Wasser, will be on display at Tel Aviv’s Old Railway Station from August 30 to September 29. v

Living Life Without Limitations: Strides Program Helps IDF Wounded Veterans

To Enjoy A Higher Quality Of Life

By Rochelle Maruch Miller

The Friends of the IDF (FIDF) recently held a day of training for wounded veterans through the Strides program at Park HaYarkon in Tel Aviv. Strides participants who joined the program during the past two years were trained for various triathlons with the help of the program trainer, psychologist, and manager.

Strides helps wounded IDF veterans discover their strength by providing special prosthetics for athletic activities, giving them the means to live life to the fullest. The program, which focuses on leg amputees, also brings together a group of wounded veterans who, with the help of their new prosthetics, partake together in running, bike riding, and other challenging activities. Each day brings new challenges, but thanks to the Strides program, wounded veterans are revitalized and given confidence, restoring their belief in themselves and empowering them.

Their injuries force former soldiers and commanders to begin their lives anew, affecting both their physical and mental well-being. The ability to participate in sports can lift their spirits and give these men and women a new lease on life. Ultimately, the goal of the program is not just to bring about a lasting effect on these veterans. The program is also meant to promote awareness and tools for this kind of recreation, such that all leg amputees can enjoy a higher quality of life.

“The Triathlon training was a gathering event for all Strides members,” said Dikla Goor Prihed, Strides program manager. “This marked the first time that a group of 14 amputees were running and biking in the main park of Tel Aviv, leaving lots of opened mouths and eyes opened wide in amazement behind them. For many of these IDF amputee veterans, participating in the Strides program has given them the opportunity to run and bike for the first time after suffering their injuries 20 and even 30 years ago. Finally, the dream of competing in a triathlon became a reality after years of dreaming. The Strides program has given these brave veterans a great gift by affording them the means to live their lives without limitations.”

Yaron Marx is a participant of the FIDF Strides program and a wounded IDF veteran. An above-the-knee amputee in one leg and below-the-knee amputee in the other, Yaron served as a lieutenant in the Israeli Air Force Intelligence Unit from 1998 through 2002, giving everything he could to the position. Among his tasks were executing and managing projects at the heart of the corps’ ongoing activity. After serving, he studied industrial engineering at Tel Aviv University and served as an adviser, ultimately winning the Intertraffic Innovation Award for his work in engineering in 2010.

Today he enjoys playing wheelchair basketball, hand-bicycling in many races and competitions in Israel, swimming, sailing, and water-skiing. He regularly visits the rehabilitation center in Tel-HaShomer Hospital, motivating and inspiring patients who have just started their rehabilitation process. The FIDF Strides program provided Yaron with two different prosthetics, one which enables him to go running, and the other which enables him to ride a bike–both invigorating activities which he is attempting for the first time since his injury. It has restored his self-confidence and helped him to regain his life. v

Agudath Israel Fights For Child-Care Vouchers

Agudath Israel of America has voiced grave concern at the prospect of new federal regulations that have the potential to undermine the strength of the acclaimed child-care voucher program that has brought in many millions of dollars of services to the Orthodox Jewish community.

Since its passage over 20 years ago, the federal child-care program has been a great boon to many thousands of Orthodox Jewish parents, particularly those entering the workforce to make ends meet. This has been made possible primarily by the creation and implementation of the “child-care certificate” (otherwise known as a voucher), which provides a constitutionally permissible means of allowing parents to choose religious child-care providers, in addition to nonsectarian options.

However, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has now proposed new regulations to the program that could ultimately weaken the primary role played by vouchers in the child-care program.

The thrust of the proposal is to increase health and safety standards for eligible child-care providers, and to increase the funding mechanisms available to children in certain geographical areas and with special needs. Agudath Israel of America lauded these objectives.

But in formal comments to the agency, Agudath Israel expressed deep concern in regard to the agency’s further assertion that–despite providing assurances that the “certificate” program will be maintained–these certificates were not intended to be the “preeminent” method of funding child-care services. In a comprehensive analysis of the history and intent of the child-care law, Agudath Israel demonstrates that both Congress and HHS did indeed consider the voucher as the preferred method of providing this assistance, as it offered parents the widest range of options for their children.

The 1990 child-care law is considered landmark legislation. It remains the first and only comprehensive federal voucher program. (The D.C. Scholarship is limited to the nation’s capital and includes various limitations.) Agudath Israel played an active role in crafting and promoting the voucher program, which offers maximal parental choice, including faith-based care–a guiding principle of the legislation. A large segment of such services are furnished by religious child-care providers, who are the overwhelming preference of Orthodox Jewish families.

According to Rabbi Abba Cohen, Agudath Israel’s vice-president for federal affairs and Washington director, “HHS’s lessening the emphasis on, and preference for, vouchers sends the wrong message and, as is evident from the history and intent of the legislation, clearly weakens the fundamental principle of parental choice.” v

Israeli Research Reveals Decrease In Cancer Deaths

There has been an overall decline in the number of deaths from oral cancers of the mouth and throat in the previous decade, indicating that more people are recovering from such cancers due to advancements in treatment plans, according to research published in a cancer medical journal by researchers at Rambam Health Care Campus.

Professor Zev Gil, Dr. Moran Amit, and colleagues found a drop of 12 percentage points, from 31 percent to 19 percent, in the number of people dying from oral cancers in the past decade. Previously, patients with such tumors faced a survival rate of only 50 percent. However, the research found an increase in patients being treated with more advanced stages of such cancers among older patients. About 14 percent of oral cancer patients were over 70 years of age in the recent findings, a 4 percentage point increase from last decade’s findings. Recent studies also found a 10 percent increase in oral cancer cases considered “advanced” over the past decade.

Professor Gil said that the decline in deaths among oral cancer cases is a direct result of the changes in treatment options. “Multidisciplinary teams specializing in treating patients with head and neck tumors know how to choose the best therapeutic approach for each patient and are ready to care for complications during or after surgery, as well as through the patient’s rehabilitation,” said Professor Gil. As the director of Rambam’s ear, nose, and throat department, Professor Gil said that hospitals that have increased cooperation with universities, like with Rambam’s connection to the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, are best equipped to treat complicated cancer cases in multidisciplinary teams.

In related news, Rambam will host an international conference on robotic surgery and laser treatments for head and neck tumors in September with researchers from the U.S. and Asia. In October, Rambam also will host an international, multidisciplinary conference on thyroid cancer diagnosis and treatment plans. Professor Jim Fagin, director of Sloan-Kettering Memorial Hospital’s Institute of Endocrinology Cancer Center in New York, will host the conference, which will include endocrinologists, oncologists, pathologists, nuclear medicine specialists, ENT physicians, and cancer researchers. (IMP Media) v


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