Dear Readers: Health Care in the Jewish Community

by | Jun 22, 2023 | Trending News

Dear Readers,

One of the most accurate truisms, in my opinion anyway, is “If you have your health, you have everything.” Of course, until we or someone close to us faces a medical challenge, the saying seems to be reserved for “older people.”  It is in fact, true for all ages, which might explain the proliferation of health and exercise-oriented programs and articles.

After all, while genetics play a major role in our medical makeup, there are steps we can take to keep ourselves and our families on a somewhat healthy track.  Hence, the articles in this section cover an array of medical related topics and celebrate a couple of area physicians.

On the next page, for instance, we have an interview with Dr. Ira Lederman, an ophthalmologist, who at 86, will retire at the end of this month.  His story is uplifting, interesting, and inspiring. . .in fact, he has inspired several to go to medical school!

Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be life changing. On page 16, Sharsheret, the national Jewish breast cancer and ovarian cancer organization, provides seven ways to offer support to friends or loved ones facing the disease.

Steven Warsof, MD, EVMS professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, recently received an Inside Business Health Heroes award.  A much-deserved recipient, Warsof has shared his medical expertise way beyond Tidewater. Mazel Tov! Page 18.

Among this section’s other articles, also on page 18, is one about an innovative approach to preventing and healing strokes developed by an Israeli startup. The system just won a top prize at Hebrew University.

Even if this section doesn’t inspire you to go to medical school, perhaps it’ll encourage you to get your checkups, know your family’s medical history, and . . .eat your vegetables.

All of us at Jewish News wish you thousands and thousands of healthy days ahead!



Terri Denison