Category Archive for: Education

First Arab Woman to Head Up Hospital ER in Israel

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Describing her pioneering role as “a great responsibility with a lot of pride,” Dr. Shaden Salameh is the first Arab female doctor to head up a hospital emergency room in Israel. As director of the Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus Emergency Medicine Department, Dr. Salameh explains that the greater the challenge, the more motivated she is.…



An Oasis of Peace

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To many, the term “Middle East peace” represents the impossible dream, if not the ultimate contradiction in terms. But there is a place in the region where Jews, Muslims and Christians meet peacefully every day on the basis of shared concerns and a sense of humanity. It’s not a country, though it is older than…



Thanks to Hadassah Physicians, Toddler with Blocked Oesophagus now Enjoys Solid Food

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Two-and-a-half-year-old Yanki Leib Shetland had never eaten a carrot or a potato chip. He was subsisting on baby formula, chocolate milk, and porridge. It was no wonder he was so small and underdeveloped. When his desperate parents brought Yanki to the Paediatric Gastroenterology department at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem, he managed to surprise even the…



“Just Clownin’ Around!” Medical Clown at Hadassah Hospital heals with happiness

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When David ‘Dush’ Barashi walks up to you in the hallway, he comes across as animated, a cartoon figure come to life. You feel like you’re meeting a Disney character. Perhaps from “Aladdin” or “Pirates of the Caribbean.” His mop of salt and pepper hair and twistable mustache looks like it spawned from the barbershop…



Hadassah School for sick children

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By Wendy Elliman March 2019 It took 7-year-old Malik only moments to decide that “Despacito” is his favourite song. An Arabic version of the Puerto Rican pop hit was found on an iPad, and he and other youngsters accompanied its Latin rhythms on drums, cabasas, maracas and cymbals. Moishy was next. The 4-year-old’s choice was…



Creative “Magic Tricks” reduce need to sedate children for radiation treatment

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Until recently, children in Israel with cancer were almost always sedated for radiation treatment. At the Hadassah Medical Center, however, that is changing. Since August, a dozen sick children have undergone radiation without sedation. “If children aren’t sedated in certain other countries, why should the situation be any different here?” asked Emuna Steimetz, a teacher…



Guest Blog: Nurse Libbie

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Chapter Three:  For you have returned my life to me *    Every morning when I awake, I put my two feet on the ground and gratefully thank the almighty for returning my soul to me. This is the start for each and every day. Having been through a life threatening disease has taught me to…



Helping Ethiopian Israeli Find Careers in Nursing

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Baza “Maya” Alemitu trained as a medic in the Israel Defense Forces. “I loved it. All I wanted after my army service was to be a nurse,” says the Ethiopian-born 26-year-old. “I was shattered when my psychometric grade wasn’t anywhere near high enough, I thought, to get into any nursing school in Israel.” Although Alemitu…



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