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3 Adar I 5763 - February 5, 2003 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Beit Natan -- Women's Community Health Resource Center

On Tuesday, 23rd of Adar I (Feb. 25th, 2003), Beit Natan will sponsor a "Women's Health Day" in cooperation with Hadassah Hospital's Women's Center and Neshei Agudath Israel. It will be held in downtown Jerusalem at the Prima Palace (formerly the Central Hotel, off Davidka Sq.), from 9:30 - 15:00. With an emphasis on preventative health care, women are invited to hear about how we can promote better health by developing proper health habits.

Lectures include "Health & the Woman's Life Cycle," "Good Nutrition in the Kitchen," "The Joy of Exercise" and "The Importance of Early Detections in Women's Cancers." Private consultation with a certified Hadassah Dietician and women's health nurse from Hadassah's Louise Fleishman's Women's Health Center will be available from 11:00 - 15:00. Healthy refreshments will be served alongside Health Booths from various Food and Health Care companies.

Beit Natan, a multi-operational organization that provides health education and patient support to Orthodox and traditional women, began in 1997. Since then, Beit Natan has been reaching out to women in the religious community; teaching about various women's health issues, as well as giving emotional support to women who are coping with cancer.


With an emphasis on teaching about the importance of the early detection of women's cancer, Beit Natan has received Rabbinical support from all sectors of the community and understands the special needs of chareidi women. "Many women are frightened about women's cancer. Their attitude is that if they go to get tested and something is detected, they are going to die. They don't realize how much early detection saves lives," says N. Goldish, Beit Natan Director of Health Development, adding that "they hear about women who die of this diesase, but never hear about how many were saved by early detection."

"It's true," asserts Heller. "Doctors commented to us on how Orthdox women suffering from these diseases almost as a rule arrived for treatment at a much later stage in their illness."

The message that is communicated basically boils down to the Torah imperative to guard one's health -- Venishmartem me'od l'nafshoseichem. From there the subject moves on to concepts of personal effort and Divine Providence. The subject of early detection is then discussed, with information provided concerning available techniques. On the spot, the women are encouraged to sign up, either for their annual mammogram (above age 50) or to see a surgeon for a clinical examination. When someone prefers a woman doctor -- no problem. Beit Natan has a listing of women doctors and clinics offering clinical exams in both Jerusalem and Bnei Brak.

Heller cites two other reasons as to why the Orthodox sector falls behind others: modesty and a full schedule. But progress has been made and now ten times as many women attend Beit Natan lectures as 4 years ago.

Thanks to a grant from the UJA / N.Y. Federation, the early detection program has been expanded to Bnei Brak. This year, 25 newly trained women have organized lectures suitable to the observant community.

With a convenient location in Bayit Vegan, activites have expanded to other areas of health education, including midlife issues, nutrition etc. A free library in English and Hebrew is open throughout the week. There is a hotline for victims of women's cancer, who are phone-paired with support sources.

Rabbinic endorsement, past and present, include the two Chief Rabbis, the Bostoner Rebbe, Rav Neuwirth, Rav Y. Gans, among others, and the late Rabbis C. Kreisworth and Nachman Bulman zt'l.

For more information, call: 02-6446052; FAX 02-6429579 and e- mail:


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