Erfurt is a jewel-box of a city. Nestled along the banks of the Gera River in the heart of Germany, Erfurt boasts a beautifully preserved medieval center, replete with the storybook spires of a fortress and cathedrals. The Krämerbrücke, or Merchant’s Bridge, is lined with lovely half-timbered houses — which are still in use as cafés and apartments, much as they were centuries ago. In terms of history, Erfurt has strong associations with Martin Luther, the father of the Reformation, who studied and became a monk at the city’s Augustinian Monastery.
The National Gaucher Foundation has received several inquiries from people identified as carriers who are experiencing Gaucher disease (pronounced go-SHAY) symptoms. Many people are curious about whether or not Gaucher disease carriers can have symptoms.
Brian Berman is president and chief executive officer of the National Gaucher Foundation (NGF). Diagnosed at the age of 4 with Type 1 Gaucher disease after suffering critical and worsening symptoms, Mr. Berman’s initial prognosis was grim. His parents refused to watch their son die without a fight. They found Dr. Roscoe Brady, who was then leading groundbreaking research on Gaucher disease treatment. Mr. Berman, an ideal clinical trial candidate, became the first person in the world to successfully receive enzyme replacement therapy for Gaucher disease.
If you’re an art lover in Israel, prepare yourself: wear comfortable shoes, eat a big breakfast and stay hydrated. Because you’re going to have some long, fun days. (The breakfast part, at least, will be easy — Israeli breakfasts are amazing.)
There’s a longstanding stereotype claiming that Jews don’t drink — that we prefer humus to highballs, brisket to beer. But that’s no longer true. A younger generation, one more adventurous about food in general, has become attuned to the joys of booze. Israelis, in fact, make excellent wine, beer and stronger stuff too. You heard me right: the Holy Land is great for Jews who love booze.
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