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OR Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A Scene Around ......................... 9A B'nai Mitzvah ........................ 10A WWW.HE OM YEAR 38, NO. 51 SEPTEMBER 20t4 10 ELUL, 5774 :OR FLORIDA SINGLE COPY 75 with the Jewish National Fund (JNF)'s Women for Israel (WFI) will host a breakfast at The Alfond Inn in Winter Park on Tuesday, Sept. 9. The event will feature keynote speaker Noa Gefen. Gefen joined the Society for Preservation of Israel Heritage Sites (SPIHS) as executive vice-chairman in January 2011. She is the daughter of the late Yehuda Dekel, z'l, a founder of SPIHS and an esteemed leader of the State of Israel who devoted his life to the development of the Negev. Gefen has followed in her father's footsteps and has helped raise public awareness and the necessary funds for the preservation of Israel's many heritage sites. Under her stewardship, SPIHS continues to maintain important sites such as Ayalon Institute and Atlit Detention Camp, while Noa Gefen also seeking out new sites and projects that are in need of restoration and preservation. The Alfond Inn is located at 300 East New EnglandAvenue in Winter Park. The breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. By Abigail Klein Leichman (ISRAEL21c)--As the Ice Bucket Challenge raises millions for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), an Israeli treatment to ease symptoms and slow the progression of ALS and other incurable neuromuscular diseases is going into Phase 2 clinical trials in three major US medical centers. Petah Tikva-based Brain- Storm Cell Therapeutics' NurOwn platform is based : on a technique developed by Profs. Daniel Offen and Eldad Melamedat TelAviv University for growing and enhancing stem cells harvested from patients' own bone marrow. The enhanced cells secrete el- evated levels of nerve-growth factors that protect existing motor neurons, promote motor neuron growth and reestablish nerve-muscle interaction. Last June, the publicly traded BrainStorm raised $10.5 million in private in- vestments, and in July it was notified of the allowance of its US patent application. Two initial trials conducted at Jerusalem's Hadassah Uni- versity Medical Center led by stem-cell transplant pioneer Dr. Dimitrios Karussis, head of Hadassah's Multiple Scle- rosis Center, showed promis- ing preliminary results in 24 patients. "We are working on analysis of the data, but we can say there is some positive effect," Karussis tells ISRAEL21c. "In some of the parameters there was up to a 60 percent beneficial response after the treatment. We hope in the next three months we will have a paper ready to be published." The soldier and the rabbi Four ALS patients in an advanced stage of disease received NurOwn transplants Shutterstock.com Israel's BrainStorm has made a significant breakthrough in the treatment of ALS. at Hadassah starting in 2012 as "compassionate use" cases, including Omri Chotam, a former paratrooper in his 20s, and octogenarian sage Rabbi Rafael Shmuelevitz. All four are alive as of this writing. Globally, some 90 percent of ALS patients die of respiratory failure within three to five years after the onset of symptoms, though a new study shows that in Israel, 20 percent of ALS patients survive past 10 years, pos- sibly due to earlier diagnosis and treatment. As the disease progresses, patients lose the ability to stand or walk, and have difficulty breathing as the muscles of the respiratory system weaken. "All four had, at least for three to six months, a re- sponse of improvement in re- spiratory function or muscle power," reports Karussis."The most impressive response was in the rabbi, who had a very severe and unique combina- tion of ALS and myasthenia gravis. He improved for about six months substantially, started walking and speaking, and then the effects faded and thenwe did asecond injection and he had even more im- pressive improvement. This makes it highly unlikely to be a placebo effect, which is important to note." Chotam also received two additional NurOwn injections through the compassionate ALS on page 18A Shown here is Kimberly Shader with her pet therapy dog Shomer and Rabbi Adler. Rabbi Rudolph Adler, retired spiritual leader of Congregation Ohev Shalom, receives regular visits from Kimberly Shader with her pet therapy dog, Shomer, at his Sutton Homes long- term care facility in Dr. Phillips. Shomer actually means "guardian" in He- brew. These visits are all the more meaningful because Shader was bat mitzvah'd by the rabbi--she fondly recalls his helping her with her bat mitzvah speech. When the picture was tak- en, the rabbi asked, "Can you tell which one is me?" Shader responded, "You haven't changed!" Shader and several other volunteers make these visits on behalf of The Jewish Pavil- ion. For more information on becoming a Jewish Pavilion volunteer, please call 407- 678-9363. 61111!!!!!ll!!!Ul!llll