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May 2004 Iyar 5764 Volume 1 Issue 5

Servicing the English speaking community of Modiin and the surrounding neighborhoods

Modiin Highlights

By: Alex Weinreb A Rose By Any Other Name… As head of the Committee for Names, I called a meeting where it was decided that names must be given to intercity roads, bridges, large parks, traffic circles and residential roads of new areas (five of which have yet to be built). In addition, neighborhoods, which are presently referred to by the name of the architect who designed them, will be given proper names. In the past, Modiin streets have been named after flowers, trees, rivers and biblical figures. Future names will include only deceased heads of state (no current politicians) and references to Jewish history from the time of the Maccabim and modern Zionism. By using names associated with Jewish heritage and Israeli history our youth will become familiar with important facts and figures. It was also decided that children, parents and teachers would name new schools. Examples include the third high school (now called ironi gimmel) and new schools being built in the Kaizer and Zippor areas. The meeting also provided possible solutions to the problem of different streets with the same name. As a result of the recent unification, two streets in Reut and Modiin bear the same name. The Mayor has received recommendations and will make a decision regarding which one to implement. Ecological Farm Two weeks ago, Dalik (from the popular Hop's children's show), adopted Modiin's ecological farm. He was so impressed with the farm that he

"Noam's Day" Bone Marrow Drive

By: Polly Hyams Sherman March 23, 2004 - It was a Tuesday morning and my adrenaline was flowing. For the kids at the Yachad Primary School, Ezer Mitzion and the local coordinators of this current bone marrow drive, I am sure their adrenaline had been flowing for weeks. Noam Otilengi, 8 and a bit years old, and a pupil in the Yachad School, first became ill with leukemia four and a half years ago. After intensive chemotherapy, Noam had returned to gan by September 2000, and according to his mother, Ricki, the only thing that reminded the family of Noam's illness was the daily drug regime he took to preserve his health. Around Chanukah 2003, Noam fell ill again and it was apparent that the leukemia had returned. This time the only cure was an urgently needed bone marrow transplant. Noam, who appeared on the popular Dudu Topaz television show and also on radio advertising, succeeded in catching the city's attention and their conscience and all the donor stations were flooded from 10:00 in the morning until every last test tube ran out! 1350 donors in total! So why was my adrenaline flowing? I had had a phone call from Ezer Mitzion about two weeks before the blood drive asking if I could help take blood. “Of course,” I said without a second thought. So Tuesday arrived and so did I. It was 9:15 and I was 'stationed' at Modiin Center and it was very,

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very windy. Tables were being set up and I was handed boxes of medical equipment to organize. I asked where the other nurses were and was replied that I was the only one at present‌ OK, I thought, until I looked up again, only to see a line of people about 30 long, waiting patiently to donate. The queue of donors never wavered and spirits were very high throughout the day. One donor even brought a carload from her place of work in Lod, others came eagerly to donate three weeks before th their 18 birthday. Those that weren't able to give blood donated monetarily, a much appreciated effort as currently it costs $40 to tissue-type each blood sample. This test only produces partial information on the potential donor's genetic makeup. A more detailed test that will provide more information on the tissue type costs $65 allowing a much speedier access to all genetic information regarding a specific sample. About 10% of cancer patients eventually require bone marrow transplants, and no person has immunity to cancer, so it could be said that registering on the bone marrow database is rather like a personal insurance policy as well. Registrants for the blood drive must be between the ages of 18 and 55 and in good health and blood drives are organized on a frequent basis.

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Chances for a match increase significantly if the patient and potential donor share the same ethnic background. Because Jews in the past lived in isolated communities, they are today more genetically related to each other than to non-Jews. Therefore, Ezer Mizion established its registry in 1998 to increase the pool of Jewish potential donors. Israel, home to an entire spectrum of Jewish communities and ethnic backgrounds, is the natural location for a Jewish bone marrow registry. Ezer Mizion's registry is the largest Jewish registry in the world with over 150,000 potential donors, and so far they have facilitated over 85 successful transplants all over the world. In Israel alone there were over 600 new cases of leukemia in the year 2000. Bone marrow transplants are used as therapy for many different illnesses, such as leukemia and Hodgkin's disease, as well as other diseases of the blood and enzyme deficiencies. Transplant recipients must be nearly identical matches with their donors for tissue-type markers known as HLA proteins. Although close family members offer the best chance of an HLA match, only 30% of patients find matches within their families. If I am found to be a match for someone, what happens next? In the past, the bone marrow was surgically removed from the donor's hip either under local or general anesthetic. Today, however, the procedure is very different and most definitely almost painless. Hopefully this will encourage more people to register and donate. The donor is given injections to stimulate the release of stem cells into the bloodstream. Stem cells are then filtered from the donor's bloodstream by an automated process via an intravenous needle in a procedure similar to blood donation. The cells are then transfused into the patient's blood and travel to the bone marrow, where they begin manufacturing healthy blood. For the donor there are no side effects. The atmosphere was amazing. The community spirit was outstanding. By the end of the day I was so proud to be a Modiin resident, I truly believe that "Noam's Day" will be remembered by many. For more information and updates you can log on the following site in English: Polly Hyams Sherman is a practicing holistic midwife who lives in Modiin. She runs her private clinic - 'Maternal Instinct' - here in Modiin specializing in pregnancy follow-up care, home births, support and advocacy for women birthing in hospital and postpartum support. She covers a wide geographical area, assisting women from as far as Tel Mond and Tel Aviv to closer regions such as Bet Shemesh, Jerusalem and, of course, Modiin. 08-970-2120, 054-506-370. 052-3868-768


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10-15 residents have already done so. Ex-soldiers The first convention for discharged soldiers from Modiin will take place in July. There are numerous benefits available to discharged soldiers form the army and other organizations. Yet, many do not have the information necessary to take advantage of these benefits. As a result, the Ministry of Defense asked me if they could host an informational evening in Modiin, where there are currently 800 ex-soldiers. Budget This year's budget is the first sign of proof that the unification of Modiin and Maccabim-Reut is a fiscal success. The budget of the now unified city is less than what each was individually. This is due in part to the fact that 15% of the manpower had been cut when the cities merged. The unification of Modiin with Maccabim-Reut is a pilot as the first big city to be merged. If successful, 150 out of the country's 255 cities will be unified in 2-3 years time. Archeology The digs that took place at Chir Bat-Sher this past month were a big success. Large amounts of pottery and ancient coins were found. This is further proof that our area had been a largely populated city. Another dig will be open to the public next month. It will take place in the south Buchman area in conjunction with the Antiquities Authority. In addition, another dig is scheduled to take place around September in Crusader Castle on Titura hill. There is an entire level of the castle that remains underground. It is a giant complex, which, once excavated, will be open to tourists. If there's a question that you would like answered, please feel free to e-mail me at: (seeAskAlex p.10). Till next time, Alex Weinreb, Deputy Mayor of Modiin

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The Healing Powers of Time

By: Rashi Kuhr Has a word or name ever slipped your mind and hours later popped back into your head? Have you ever gotten stuck working out a problem, and when you looked at it later you quickly figured out the solution? Have you ever been in a vehement argument in which both sides wouldn't budge, and later when the issue was revisited both sides were much more open to compromise? Why does this happen? In all of these scenarios nothing proactive has been done and yet the problem is solved. The common denominator: the passing of time. Time has many healing properties and although they may be somewhat self evident, their applications can be useful in our daily lives. When our mind runs into a problem that it can't solve at present but believes it can reach a solution, it often continues to work - on a subconscious level - well after our conscious minds have left the topic. In effect, while we move on, our minds are still working. Eventually, the mind cracks the problem and the solution pops into our heads. The phenomenon of using time to solve problems is useful in families. A family I worked with had two young boys who couldn't agree on how to share one computer. After many unsuccessful attempts at a solution, one was presented that fit. The oven timer was to be set for 15 minutes. When the timer beeped, the boy who was at the computer got up to reset the timer and wait for his next turn. It took time to find a solution that fit their needs, but once they did the problem was solved. Another positive effect that time can have is the opposite of the first scenario. When we try to solve a problem and get stuck, taking a break can help us approach the problem in a fresh way. In this scenario, time enables you to restart and see things that were initially evaded. Later, you can think in

alternative directions, engendering flexibility and creativity. A common example of this effect can be seen in writing. After finishing drafting an essay, it is often read over by the author and seems well written. However, the next day the same author may find many overlooked mistakes and ways to further improve what looked perfect only one day earlier. The third effect of the passage of time is the most important one. During a crisis it often seems as though one difficult issue encompasses everything. Time allows us to gain perspective. It enables us to best assess the true importance of the issue and gauge the extent to which it will impact us in the overall scheme of things. Perspective gained over time helps us approach issues in a levelheaded, rational way. Often, it is this lack of perspective in our immediate responses to our loved ones that causes unintentional harm. In our daily interactions with our spouses and children, taking a break from dealing with a problem that is currently causing conflict and returning to it later can be surprisingly helpful. During a conflict, emotions usually run high and the attack-and-defense dynamic can take over. In this mode, it is generally ineffective to try to think of long term solutions for the underlying problem. However, after the crisis passes and things are calm, issues can be addressed in a reasoned, constructive way. The passage of time with its powers of allowing for new ideas, flexibility, creativity, and perspective can be just what is needed. Rashi Kuhr, an Educational Psychologist, has worked extensively with the Efrat, Chashmonaim, and Beit Shemesh communities. He runs a private practise out of his home in Modiin. Tel: 08-9731156

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By: Michael Harlap To all the paper's readers and those who may not have heard the AHDUT Party participated in the last Municipal elections and won two seats in the Modiin City Council. Michael Harlap and Dr. Shlomo Shimoni are the two city councilors representing the Ahdut Party. Michael Harlap is a Deputy Mayor and holds the Welfare, Aliya, Absorption and Transportation Portfolios, and is responsible for religious education matters in Modiin. Dr. Shlomo Shimoni, a new immigrant from France, is well aware of the problems facing new immigrants and is Chairman of theAbsorption and Transportation Committees. Aliya and Absorption Modiin has been declared, in discussions with the Ministry of Absorption and the Jewish Agency (the Sochnut), a city suitable for absorbing new immigrants from North America and France. In the project, “Group Aliya�, the Sochnut plans to settle 100 families in Modiin: 50 from North America and 50 from France. Last week, the Sochnut's Treasurer, Mr. Shai Harmish visited Modiin, together with a large number of his staff members, and it was agreed to improve the cooperation between the city of Modiin and the JewishAgency. Education Registration for the upcoming school year has recently been completed, and the city's Education Department is busy working on the lists and finalizing the enrollments between the various schools. Due to increased numbers, the city plans to open a new state religious school in the Shimshoni area, catering to residents from the Shimshoni, Kaizer and Zippor areas. One problem I am addressing is the lack of funding received from the Education Ministry to build extra classrooms, including in the Yeshiva high school in Modiin. I am personally doing my utmost to pressure the various government offices

to grant the funds necessary to build the classrooms needed. Transportation The Ministry of Transportation published a new tender for public transport in Modiin. The new bus operator will start on January 1, 2005. Meetings of the Transportion Committee have now commenced and the public is welcome to approach me with various problems to be discussed in the committee. Reception Hours: I have open office hours between 4-7 p.m. on Mondays. It is advisable to make an appointment in advance, please call 08-972-6006. In addition, any problem or questions regarding Religious Education, Welfare, Aliya, Transportation, or any other problem, please feel free to contact me at the number above or by e-mail: Wishing you all a Chag Sameach, Michael Harlap, Deputy Mayor, City of Modiin

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