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8 ways Covid has impacted teen mental health, and what we can do about it

September 26, 2021

(Israel21c) - A year and a half of lockdowns, school closures and social distancing caught adolescents at a vulnerable time in their emotional development, says Dr. Shelly Ben Harush Negari, a physician specializing in adolescent medicine. Many kids...

Israeli study suggests booster vaccine highly effective

Israeli study suggests booster vaccine highly effective

Abigail Klein Leichman , Israel21c September 19, 2021

Israeli researchers have determined that a third (“booster”) dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is effective at preventing both infection and severe illness, according to a first-in-world study published  September 15 in The New England Journal...

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For Jews with eating disorders, new traditions aim to make Yom Kippur a safer experience

Ella Rockart September 15, 2021

(JTA) — Shonna Levin is an Orthodox Jew, but she won’t be spending Yom Kippur in a synagogue. The Brooklyn activist had planned to set up camp in Prospect Park, where she was going to host an all-day gathering for Jews with eating disorders for...

Covid leaves millions worldwide with smell impairments months after contracting the disease. Photo by Honey Yanibel Minaya Cruz on Unsplash

Covid leaves millions with impaired sense of smell

Naama Barak September 14, 2021

(Israel21c) - When Covid-19 first broke out, a telltale sign of catching the nasty virus was loss of smell. Almost two years later, it turns out that it is likely having long-term effects on the sense of smell of recovered patients. A study by the...

A first-of-its-kind study investigates how a second lockdown affects the trajectory of anxiety and adjustment disorder. Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash

Study shows mental-health cost of repeated Covid lockdown

Naama Barak September 13, 2021

(Israel21c) - Lockdowns, as we in Israel have learned, do a good job preventing the spread of Covid. But as many of us have personally experienced, they also have quite an impact on our mental health – especially when we go through them for a second...

Hundreds of pilgrims to Uman found to have forged negative COVID tests

Hundreds of pilgrims to Uman found to have forged negative COVID tests

September 12, 2021

(JTA) — Hundreds of Israelis who traveled to Ukraine for an annual Rosh Hashana pilgrimage to the grave of a Hasidic rabbi are suspected of using forged negative COVID tests to return to Israel after testing positive for the virus. Tens of thousands...

My Jewish father volunteered at Ground Zero. Here’s how we’re honoring him now.

My Jewish father volunteered at Ground Zero. Here’s how we’re honoring him now.

September 10, 2021

This article originally appeared on Kveller.  My father, Michael Horen, was an artist by training and a graphic designer by profession. But the word I most often use to describe him is “humanitarian.” That’s not because he ever did any international...

This Chinese American Jew’s plant-based cookies are grounded in health and simplicity

This Chinese American Jew’s plant-based cookies are grounded in health and simplicity

ALIX WALL , The Jewish News of Northern California September 9, 2021

As soon as she was old enough to know what was on her plate, Lauren Chew didn’t want to eat animals. But it’s hard to be in control of those choices when you’re a child. As soon as she was on her own, she went cold turkey, cutting out all animal...

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When does life begin? There’s more than one religious view

Rachel Mikva , Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, Chicago Theological Seminary September 8, 2021

The most restrictive abortion law in the country went into effect on Sept. 1, 2021, after the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 to deny an emergency appeal. In Texas, abortions are now illegal as early as six weeks into a pregnancy — before many women...

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Fitness instructor Cathleen Kronemer: Putting the ‘new’ in the New Year

CATHLEEN KRONEMER, Special to the Jewish Light September 5, 2021

As the leaves turn from verdant green to robust shades of orange, yellow and red, losing their tenuous hold on the tree branches and drifting aimlessly downward, Jews recognize this as not only heralding the coming of autumn but also the advent of the...

Birthright trips to resume in October without quarantines for the vaccinated

Birthright trips to resume in October without quarantines for the vaccinated

September 3, 2021

(JTA) — Birthright Israel is resuming its trips after a month of cancellations over Israeli COVID-19 quarantine rules, the organization announced Thursday. Participants who have been fully vaccinated in the past six months will not have to quarantine...

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Greece appoints health minister who defended his father’s desire to see Jews in Auschwitz

Cnaan Liphshiz September 2, 2021

(JTA) — Greece has appointed a health minister who defended the antisemitic writings of his father in court more than a decade ago. Thanos Plevris, who was named to his post as part of a government reshuffle, said Wednesday in a statement that he...

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