North spas with real sparkle

By Lydia Weitzman, May 16, 2008

A few days chilling in Israel’s lush north is a good plan, especially for frequent visitors

You’ve done the whole tourist thing, and now you’re looking for something different and special. Something off the beaten track, a base in Israel’s countryside that gives you all the pampering touches of a five-star city hotel.


Is there no alternative to kosher medicine?

May 16, 2008

QUESTION: My son is a lifelong vegetarian but he has serious digestive problems and a doctor recommended medication which happens to contain a pork extract. My son objects to an animal product per se and he finds the idea of pork particularly repugnant, but there seems no alternative. What do we do?


Grieving daughter attacks care home

By Dana Gloger, May 16, 2008

Jewish Care has been accused by a grieving daughter of failing to provide adequate help for her dying mother.

Helene Parnes, 88, from Harrow, Middlesex, moved into the organisation’s Leo Baeck House in Hampstead, North-West London, in March this year.

Three days later she was taken to hospital with a chest infection, and diagnosed with a tumour, but told that she could be discharged.

Veronica Lansman at the bedside
of her mother, Helene Parnes


Aviva Wizo hear of Queen Victoria's haemophilia

May 15, 2008

Professor Monty Losowsky, executive chairman of Thackray Medical Museum, gave a talk to Aviva Wizo last week on haemophilia and Queen Victoria. The event took place at the United Hebrew Congregation when more than 80 people heard how haemophilia affected the queen. He explained that out of the nine children Victoria bore, the third Alice, and the ninth Beatrice, were carriers of the gene, and the eighth, Leopold, was a haemophiliac.


Medical lobby outed over its boycott agenda

By Simon Rocker, May 1, 2008

A Jewish human-rights group declined to co-sponsor a meeting about Israel’s medical treatment of Palestinians because some of its organisers are linked to the boycott campaign.

A group calling itself the Medical Committee for Palestine hosted visiting speakers in London this week from the medical organisation, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHRI).

But the Jewish Forum for Justice and Human Rights backed out of jointly sponsoring a public meeting in Hampstead, North-West London on Monday after discovering the boycott links.


JC readers give cash to help bomb victim walk again

By Candice Krieger, April 18, 2008

More than £7,500 has been donated by JC readers to the UK charity One Family to help Israeli paralysis victim Zion Shitrit realise his dream of walking again. Mr Shitrit, 23, was left paralysed from the chest down after a suicide bombing in Hadera, northern Israel.


The seder-night operation that risks a man’s life

By Candice Krieger, April 17, 2008

Accountant Jason Boas would do anything to be having seder night at home with his family tomorrow night.

Instead, the 34-year-old will be undergoing a potentially life-saving operation to remove a tumour from his pancreas. But doctors have warned him there is a 15 per cent chance he will not survive it.

Mr Boas, of Mill Hill, North-West London, was diagnosed in October, after collapsing with stomach pains. He was told the tumour was inoperable and given 18 months to live.

But he endured six months of aggressive chemotherapy, and the tumour shrank to an operable size.


MP’s aide dies after surgery

By Neil Wolfson, April 17, 2008

Bury South MP Ivan Lewis has led the tributes to friend and colleague Warren Flood, who died last week aged 41 at Fairfield Hospital, where he underwent back surgery.

Mr Flood, a former councillor, had been employed by the MP as a support worker and Mr Lewis was among the 250 mourners at the funeral at Rainsough Jewish Cemetery on Tuesday.

“We are united in our shock and grief that such a special young man should be taken from us in the prime of his life,” he said. “I have lost a special friend, the people of Bury a true gentleman — simply one of the best.”


Sixth-form screening programme held for Tay-Sachs

April 17, 2008

A screening programme for Tay-Sachs was held by Jewish Care for Immanuel College sixth-formers. Tay-Sachs is a fatal genetic disease more prevalent within the Jewish community. Among those present was Dr Philip Koch and his wife, who lost two daughters to the disease, prompting Dr Koch to become involved in research. “I feel we have achieved something today,” he said, “but there is much more work to be done”.


Now you can join celebrity boot camp

By Louise Scodie, April 11, 2008

Think Celebrity Fit Club but without the whinging self-serving of celebrity participants. That is NuBeginnings, a new style weight-loss and wellness retreat in Devon, that is more about relaxation, nurturing and retraining than carrot juice, crying and self-flagellation.