The Young Gazan who fell in love with clowning.

by Mark Addleman

Adam Rasgon Jerusalem Post 20/03/17 Abu Shaaban, a medical clown from central Gaza, was inspired to work as a medical clown after first receiving treatment in Israel as a cancer patient. “Where are you from?” a young girl being treated at Hadassah University Medical Centre in Jerusalem asked Abdullah Abu Shaaban, a medical clown from…


by Mark Addleman

Guest Blog: Aly’s Story- Chapter 3 I woke early this morning – on Purim – in my own bed, in my own apartment in Modiin – and pondered over the past year. Exactly one year ago today, Purim 5776, I had my first stay at Hadassah where I underwent a biopsy on my brain tumour.…

Guest Blog- Hadassah Medical Clown -Nehama

by Mark Addleman

Chapter One: Hadassah Medical Clown “opening her heart” surgery My name is Nehama Perel and I work at Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem as a medical clown. When it was first suggested that I take a medical clown course I immediately said “no way”. I couldn’t imagine myself standing beside a crying, scared kid in a…

Hadassah Perform Israel’s First Spina Bifida Foetal Surgery

by Mark Addleman

  Hadassah’s Foetal Medicine Specialist is one of only three doctors worldwide using new Spina Bifida in-utero surgery technique. History was made at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem on Thursday, February 9 when a team of Israeli surgeons successfully operated on a 5-month-old foetus using a new procedure that only three doctors in the…

Guest Blog: Nurse Libbie

by Mark Addleman

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…

Medical Marijuana in the Promised Land

by Mark Addleman

Medical Marijuana in the Promised Land A background A farm inland from Caesarea, looks rather similar to others in this vicinity. It is enclosed with high walls and its curved roofs of its greenhouses are visible from the outside. As one enters, , everything is clear. A profound aroma can be smelt. This is “Breath…

Helping Ethiopian Israeli Find Careers in Nursing

by Mark Addleman

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…

Guest Blog: Aly’s story

by Mark Addleman

Guest Blog: Aly’s Story- Chapter 2 Chanukah Samiach and Season’s greetings to all. As I sit here watching the light of the first candle reflect the wonderful miracle of Chanukah, I also reflect on the miracles being performed daily at Hadassah hospital. Some of the fantastic pictures on the website here bear testament to those…

Childless couple have first child

by Tammy Schwarz

Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, have for 30 years been fortunate to know Rabbi Yitzhak and Sima Peretz. Both 49 years of age have longed for children and have prayed for this moment for many years. Residents of the Givat Shaul neighbourhood of Jerusalem, they diligently prepared food for the hospital on Shabbat over all these…

Ambulance volunteer saved the life of his little daughter rushed to Hadassah

by Mark Addleman

by Yael Fridson The baby fell in the synagogue and suffered intracranial bleeding. Her father and a paramedic took her urgently to Hadassah, while she was sedated and ventilated. The nightmare scenario of every parent – the baby falls out of their hands – was the experience of  Jerusalem’s resident, Chavi, who took her seven…




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