The dangers of hiding diabetes and the Haredi community

The Haredi community faces the medical challenges of diabetes

By ALAN ROSENBAUM
August 10, 2017 19:26
JDRF conference

The discreet haredi focused JDRF conference. (photo credit: JDRF ISRAEL)

 
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As the parent of a 16-year-old diabetic daughter, I have attended conferences sponsored by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Israel’s only non-profit organization focused solely on people with type 1 diabetes and their specific needs.

Usually, these conferences are large, bright, colorful affairs, where doctors and scientists are the featured headliners. However, I recently found myself at a JDRF conference that was much smaller, more modest and low-key, discreetly tucked away in a corner of Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center.

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