The Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah's Opening Meeting and Dinner was held on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Trio Bistro in Kenwood. David Barashi (also known as "Dush the Clown") spoke about the "Dream Doctors" Project.
The event was chaired by Holly Corbin Wolfson, Sherri Kim Symson, Ali Socol Bernstein and Tracy Levine. (photo attached) The event was attended by over 70 ranging in age from mid 20s to early 90s. Dush demonstrated how he makes a "red flower" for a pediatric patient with the help of everyone for the Cincinnati Chapter President, Bonnie Ullner. (photo attached)
The "Dream Doctors" medical clowns project was established in 2002 at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem Hospital. It has since grown from the original three clowns to 53 professional clowns working at 18 Israeli hospitals. Israel is considered a leader in professionalizing the field of medical clowning and providing scientific evidence for its effectiveness. One study conducted around the world showed that children treated with medical clowning recovered up to 30% faster.
David Barashi was in Cincinnati sharing his expertise with staff at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He received an undergraduate degree in nursing and theatre arts from the University of Haifa. He has treated children not only in Israel, but also in Haiti, Nepal and other locales devastated by natural disasters. He says that "clowning is a language that goes beyond borders, cultures, social status and religions, and is a universal language which makes it possible to communicate with anyone anywhere."
Hadassah doctors Shelly Ben Harush Negari and Gilad Hamdani, both training at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital, were also in attendance, along with their families