Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 67–72 | Cite as

A Family Physician in an Ultraorthodox Jewish Village

  • Rina Erez
  • Stanley Rabin
  • Louis Shenkman
  • Eliezer Kitai


The ultraorthodox Jewish community of Kfar Habbad Village is a special minority community in the Israeli context, one with particular needs because of its special religious and social commitments. This paper gives a personal account of a family physician's work in treating this population. It emphasizes the unique role of the doctor in her ongoing interaction with the rabbis of the Village and the doctor's use of community resources in order to meet the special needs of the group.


Family Physician Community Resource Jewish Community Unique Role Minority Community 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rina Erez
    • 1
  • Stanley Rabin
    • 2
  • Louis Shenkman
    • 3
  • Eliezer Kitai
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Family Medicine, Sackler School of MedicineTel Aviv University and Kupat Holim Klalit ClinicKfar HabbadIsrael
  2. 2.Department of Health inMental Health Services of theJerusalem
  3. 3.Medicine and Director of theN.Y. State/American Program atSackler
  4. 4.Family Medicine Department atSackler

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