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Although not sponsored directly by Hadassah, we are happy to let our members know of other events of Jewish interest taking place in our Region.



Please see attached for flyers for two recent events in Palm Beach County: a Legislative Session Wrap Up, and an event on Ending Modern Day Slavery. Please share widely, and contact me if you have any questions. I hope you will join us for other very important events like these. Thank you!

Lisa Murano
Director of Advocacy
Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates - www.fappa.org
Florida Association of Planned Parenthood Affiliates
Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast - 
2300 North Florida Mango Road - West Palm Beach, FL 33409
P: 561.472.9941
F: 561.472.9949

 Click here for Legislative Update information.

 Click here for Ending Modern Day Slavery information.

Click here for Planned Parenthood Legislative Briefing  


 Warsaw Will Return 1,000 Gravestones to Jewish Cemetery 


August 15th, 2014

"The practice of removing Jewish gravestones from cemeteries and using them for other purposes was actually quite common in Poland since the 1940s.

"A controversial new Polish film, Aftermath, tells the story of a modern-day Pole who becomes fixated on recovering the matzevot he finds throughout his village, whose project—and the truths he uncovers—creates an uproar in his sleepy Polish town.”

Read More in Tablet Magazine





Franek and Jozek Kalina, sons of a poor farmer, are brothers from a small village in central Poland. Franek immigrated to the United States in the 80’s, and cut all ties with his family.  Only when Jozek’s wife arrives in the US, without explanation, does Franek finally return to his homeland.

Franek discovers that Jozek has been ostracized from the community, and constantly receives various threats. As Franek and Jozek struggle to rebuild their relationship, they are drawn into a gothic tale of intrigue. The two brothers eventually uncover a dark secret that forces them to confront the history of their family and their hometown.

Upon its release in Poland, Aftermath received acclaim and also generated intense controversy. Polish nationals have accused the film of being anti-Polish propaganda, as well as a distortion of a sensitive piece of Polish history, leading the film to be banned in some Polish cinemas.


Latest News

Los Angeles Times Critic's Pick
One of the Best Films of the Year!
★★★★ "Gripping, excellent. A bombshell disguised as a thriller."

- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

A tense and gripping thriller inspired by actual events,Aftermath caused controversy in its native Poland due to its present-day reckoning with a dark period in that country's history. The film won the Yad Vashem Chairman's Award at this year's Jerusalem Film Festival, and is now playing in U.S. theaters!

Started August 22nd in Miami - Tower Theater

Learn more about Aftermath and watch the film's trailer here.

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The Rickie Report

                           A NEW TREATMENT FOR TYPE 2 DIABETES

     A company in Israel named Oramed Pharmaceuticals has developed a pill that will be used, instead of an injection, to control insulin levels for people with type 2 Diabetes. The program is now in phase two of their clinical trials which will be conducted here in different medical centers in the United States. The development of this oral insulin capsule is based on twenty five years of research at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem. Israel is a major centers for Diabetes research and Hadassah is a stakeholder in this new endeavor.

    It is believed that this new insulin capsule could slow the progression of type 2 Diabetes. The disease itself has three phases. In the first stage, treatment consists of diet and exercise, while in the second stage, oral medications are required that boost the body’s own insulin production. By the third stage the patient is insulin dependent.

    It is hoped that this new oral insulin capsule will extend the second stage of the disease, thereby eliminating the insulin dependent stage and avoid further complications, as well as painful treatment.

Submitted by Joy Parks,

HMO Chair for Florida Atlantic Region



                New Treatments for Brain Disorders
              Submitted by Joy Parks- HMO Chair

      On Thursday evening December 6th, 2012, I attended a lecture given by Dr.

Bernard Lerer at the Broward Jewish Federation. 
Dr. Lerer is a Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Biological Psychiatry Laboratory at Hadassah Hospital.  His lecture subject was new research for treatments of various brain disorders.  In addition to his position at Hadassah Hospital, he served  as the non salaried Director of the National Institute for Psychobiology in Israel, (NIPI), wrote for scientific publications and has had his research supported by many foundations in Israel and the United States.

     In his lecture, he described how the various functions of the brain are altered when Alzheimer’s disease is present. The disease is caused by amyloid proteins that are deposited in the brain.  Up until now, the drugs that are presently on the market, Aricept and Exelon, have been used to prevent the production of the Amyloid protein.

     Dr. Lerer spoke about depression as a medical illness that can be treated and cured. He informed us that by the year 2020, depression will be the second most cause of peoples’ disability to work.  Research is being conducted that employs the use of Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation,  (DTMS). A fellow researcher, Professor Abraham Zanger, invented an “H Coil,” which is noninvasive and can be placed directly over the brain.  As of April, 2012,  twenty-two research sites have used this technique and have achieved remission.   They are now experimenting with this technique on patients with severe Parkinson’s disease as well.

     Other promising Israeli research. by Professor Joseph Zohar, who deals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, concluded that an injection of the hormone Cortisol shortly after exposure to a traumatic event may prevent PTSD.  Clinical trials on animals, as well as people, suggest that it may be possible to develop a new therapy to prevent PTSD.

     Many of the research grants have been funded by the National Institute for Psychobiology in Israel, whose aim is to fund brain research to fight disease world wide.


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