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U 0rg. .S. POSTAGE PAID 625 Address Service Requested 5041 Corporate Woods Drive Suite 150 Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462-4381 See page 11 Published by United Jewish Federation of Tidewater Penchas and 'Meeting MedicalNeeds of Region in Turmoil' by Betsy O.Karotkin, Asst. Penchas, Former Director Gener- Fecutive Director, UJFT al of Hadassah Hospitals in "Who is wise'? He who can the end product," says The end product, no how unpleasant. This is  Unfortunate "theology" that Hadassah Hospitals in to be prepared for "every threat and a few that inconceivable," according to Shmuel Shapira, professor of at Hadassah Hospitals, specializes in areas such as gas. Tidewater community have an opportunity to hear what Hadassah Hospi- doing in order to prepare the "inconceivable." On March 20, Dr. Shmuel Israel, and an expert in the field of Bioterrorism, will address the community at Temple Israel, 7:30 p.m., on "Hadassah Hospi- tals: Meeting the Medical Needs of a Region in Turmoil." This program is jointly spon- sored by the Norfolk/Virginia Beach Chapter of Hadassah, the Maimonides Society, and the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. An example of the physical drama that Hadassah health pro- fessionals face everyday appeared recently in the Jerusalem Post. "...In the early morning of November 21, an Egged bus car- Professor Berk rying students to school was blown up in Kiryat Menachem. Eleven people were murdered, and tens of others seriously injured. That night, the terror- ist's father went on TV and praised his son. The following day, two things happened. "The terrorist's father was brought to the very same emer- gency room with chest pains. He was'cared for by the same med- ical staff who had labored over his son's victims the day before. "On .the same day, 70 physi- cians arrived in Israel from the US to take part in a medical con- ference. Standing in the hospital lobby the American experts lis- tened as a cardiac thoracic sur- geon explained how a young woman, 23, with a wristwatch lodged in her throat and both carotid arteries severed, has sur- vived the bus bombing. Silence. "'We all realized that in our own medical centers, that patient would likely have died,' explained Harvard Prof. Ben Sacks, 'We were humbled. The Israelis have moved far ahead of us in preparedness.'" On March 20, Dr. Penchas will talk about that preparedness and what it means. Since 1981, he guided one of the largest and most sophisticated complexes in the world through a period of explosive growth and extraordi- nary contributions to medical science. During his administration, Hadassah researchers and practi- tioners achieved medical break- to discuss anti-Semitism April 29 Stephen Berk By Reba Karp Professor Stephen Berk, the keynote speaker for this year's Yore Hashoah commemoration, has been compared by a fellow faculty member at Union Col- lege in Schenectady, NY, with Cicero, the Roman statesman, orator and writer. A professor of history, Berk's class on "The Holocaust" is held in one of the largest lecture halls on campus. It is so popular that many would rather sit on the floor than miss a chance to hear him lecture. Members of the Tidewater community will have the oppor- tunity to hear Berk on Tuesday, April 29 at 7 p.m., Congregation Beth El in Norfolk at the annual Holocaust Commemoration sponsored by the Holocaust Commission of the United Jew- ish Federation of Tidewater . And they won't have to sit on the floor. His subject is as timely today as it may have been even in Ccero s day, Ant-Semmsm. Old Wine, New Bottles." As Dr. ShnmeI Panchas A.M. Rosenthal, a fornaer man- aging editor of the 2'w York Times has w,'umed: "Jews, listen and you will hear the sound of breaking glass. Even if you squeeze your hands over your ears, you will still hear it. Break- ing glass, burning synagogues and diplomats making filthy anti-Semitic remarks .... "" Berk will address the growing trend of anti-Semitism since 9/11 as seen and heard on the streets of Europe, throughout the Mid- throughs in a sweeping range of disciplines, including immunolo- gy genetics, neurology, oncolo- gy, and cardiac surgery. Hadas- sah Medical Organization has received international recogni- tion for its re,arch in bone mar- row transplantation and AIDS, and for its cooperative training and treatment programs in Third World nations. Hadassah's newest addition, the Mother and Child Center, offers the most innovative treatment and research in obstetrics and pedi- atrics. Born in Romania, Professor Penchas is a graduate of the Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Medicine. He holds degrees in electrical engineering and ergonomics from the Univer- sity of London and has published more than 50 papers on medical research, patient care, medical ethics, and administration. In 1996, DL Penchas was tected as a foreign associate of CONTINUED ON PAGE t0 CONTINUED ON tI,AG4E 4