Category Archive for: Medical Clown

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…



“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’s Medical Clown David “Dush” Barashi does serious World Healing

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Israeli Medical Clowns Do Serious Work Healing the World by ISRAEL21c | 03.11.19 Israel Defense Forces medical missions always fly to disaster zones with tons of medical equipment. For David “Dush” Barashi, the most critical piece of equipment is his red nose. A veteran member of Israel’s Dream Doctors Project, Barashi and fellow medical clowns…



THE ANGER THAT TURNS TO GOLD

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At this time of year before the holidays there is a feeling of a sense of renewal One of the things that helped me in this sense of renewal and the reminder that our work as medical clowns at Hadassah is important and significant is the special visit that was made by Yazid refugees;- brave…



“Nurses in the Middle East”

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Name: Julie Benbenishty ID: Today, at age 60, Julie is coordinator of Hadassah Hospital’s Trauma Unit and the founder, with Hadassah nurse Na‘ila Hayek, of the outreach organization Nurses in the Middle East. How did you adjust to Israeli high school when you insisted on moving to Israel as a teen? High school was much…



Iraqi Yazidis take medical clowning course at Hadassah

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A group of Yazidis has recently travelled to Israel from Iraq and taken a course in medical clowning, with the goal of helping traumatised children from persecuted minorities in the war-ravaged country. The course was prepared by Dream Doctors, the organisation that trains Hadassah’s Medical Clowns, and organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as…



World Multiple Sclerosis Day -Aly’s Blog

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JUGGLING… It’s not just for entertainers Many of you may have seen a recent YouTube link that went viral. It showed a young boy juggling 3 Rubik Cubes whilst successfully solving each of them! I believe he broke the World Record for his challenge, but in “real life” we all spend our time juggling. Mostly…



Shabbaton Choir – Our Hadassah Medical Clown Ambassadors

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On Monday 12th February, the Shabbaton Choir visited Hadassah Hospital to serenade to its patients. Along with the choir were Chazzans Lionel Rosenfeld and Jonny Turgel, who joined the choir in their visit. The choir’s first stop was the magnificent Marc Chagall’s windowed synagogue located within the Hospital. The light that emanates from the twelve…



Out of Love

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I met Masha in the surgery waiting room at Hadassah Ein Kerem, a three-year-old girl who lives in Russia. She comes every three months for an oncological examination under full anesthesia. Masha sat in the play area with her mother and was very nervous and agitated. She began to cry and shout at her mother…



A different sort of paediatric surgical sedation – Maya’s Story

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Lately I let my intuition lead me around the hospital. I get dressed, put on a red nose, and ask my heart – Where to? Who first? Who is most in need of a clown right now? This time I decided to escort someone to surgery. Nurse Dorrit directs me to Lucy, who is six…



Dream Doctors’ storm their way across, Texas for disaster relief mission

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The Dream Doctors Project, in partnership with Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Israeli Consulate in Houston, has sent 2 specially-trained therapeutic medical clowns aka ‘Dream Doctors’ to Houston, Texas, to bring humanitarian aid to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Over the years, Hadassah’s Dream Doctors have worked on humanitarian projects including responding to…



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