Irving Spitz

Irving spitz

Irving Spitz was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He holds MD, PhD and DSc degrees from the Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London. He made Aliyah in 1970 and has served in the IDF. Irving and his wife Diane live in Jerusalem, have two married daughters and five grandchildren. He trained in Endocrinology at Hadassah University Hospital and then directed the Institute of Hormone Research at Shaare Zedek Medical Center. He spent time at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda and at the Population Council, Rockefeller University, New York. He is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York and Emeritus Professor of Endocrinology at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. A member of several scientific societies, he has authored some 250 scientific publications, lectured extensively throughout the world and consults for international pharmaceutical companies. In 2013, he was recognized with the Sidney H Ingbar Distinguished Service Award by the Endocrine Society for his contributions to the field. His eclectic range of interests include music, art, history, travel, photography, archeology and cartography of the Holyland. He is the Music Editor of Education Update, a New York based publication. Since 1985, he has written articles on music, art, history and travel for The Jerusalem Post.  View Irving’s website at  
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Paris in the fall


Summer symphonies in Salzburg


Concert Review - Zubin Mehta and Verdi’s Requiem


Da Vinci and Godunov


CONCERT REVIEW: The Israel Opera's 'Salome'


A short sojourn in Vienna

ASMIK GRIGORIAN as the title character in Strauss’s ‘Salome'

Concert review: A musical extravaganza at the Salzburg festival


Soaking in the Salzburg Festival

THE ST. SOPHIA Cathedral as viewed from the Shacolas Observatory. Built in the Gothic style with fly

A short skip and jump from Israel to the wonders of Cyprus

Regensburg’s Neupfarrplatz

Cruising 2,000 km. through the heartland of European civilization

THE FORTRESS erected by the Spanish to protect Havana from attack

Entering a new era of tourism in Cuba


A major artistic triumph in Salzburg

Grigory Sokolov

Review: European culture at its best


Meandering along the Rhine River, soaking up the rich Jewish heritage

Salzburg Festival

Glorious reminiscences from the past and present at the Salzburg Festival


Cruising through the Aegean Sea, Part II: Rhodes, Chios, Mykonos and Delos


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