Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A loss to our IBD community: ​Dr. Adrian Greenstein

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved friend, Dr. Adrian Greenstein, MD, FACS, FRCS.

The pain is still raw, and the loss so profound, Dr. Greenstein was a world-renowned IBD surgeon who was a Professor of Surgery at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai since 1968, Through most of his long career, Dr. Greenstein maintained one of the busiest inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) surgical practices in New York City.

Dr. Greenstein contributed more than 150 publications to the literature on surgical approaches, the majority of which have been on inflammatory bowel disease. More importantly, we will always remember Dr. Greenstein’s incredible surgical skill in the most complex cases of IBD, his patience and compassion as a clinician, and his ever-gentle manner. he was a strong advocate for our organization JCCSG, being a sounding board of advice, guidance, and affection. His patients and colleagues adored him, as did the generations of residents and medical students that were fortunate enough to learn from him.

As his Son, our dear friend, Dr. Alexander J. Greenstein, Associate Professor of Surgery, Mount Sinai Hospital, once said:

“My father pretty much made it possible for everything. I owe him a lot. It’s been terrific as a kid, he was a wonderful father and now as a partner, a wonderful mentor. I’m sure I could have made it, but it has certainly been amazing to work with him, help him and have him lead the way. We’ve complimented each other really well, and he’s brought out the best in me.”
You can read about their teamwork, in the NY Daily News, in 2012…

We send our heartfelt condolences to Dr. Greenstein’s family. Especially to his son, our dear friend, Dr. Alexander, May the family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Shiva will be observed till Thursday, 4/27, from 5:00pm till 7:00pm, at 73 Windsor Road, Tenafly, NJ, 07670

We and his many patients over the last 5 decades will miss him greatly. He will always be remembered!

Yoely Drummer
Founder & Executive Director 

And Your friends at עול"ם - JCCSG Inc.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Pesach Notifications

Dear Friends,

וואס טרינק איך פאר די ד' כוסות? מעג איך עסן מצה ומרור?

הערט א גאר אינפארמעטיווע און וויכטיגע אינטערוויו מיט אינפארמאציע און אנווייזונגן וואס איז ספעציעל נוגע פאר Crohn's און Colitis פאציענטן אום פסח

אויף קול מבשר, 212-444-1100 און דריקט 3-1-1 דערנאך 1558#
וזאת למודעה: אלעס וואס עס ווערט אויסגעשמועסט אויפן אינטערוויו, איז אויסגעארבייט געווארן אדורך גדולי מורי הוראה

 פאר סיי וואספארא פראבלעם איר האט אום יו"ט און איבערן גאנץ יאר קענט איר אונז רופן אויף 718-635-2274

As the Yom Tov Pesach is approaching, we would like to Invite you to listen to an important and informative interview in
, discussing the Halachasregarding Arba Kosos, Shiurim of Matzah and Maror, and more.

You can listen to it on the Kol Mevaser Hotline, at 212-444-1100, press 3-1-1, and then 1558#

Pesach is a favorite holiday, we all gather with our families and discuss the miracle of our redemption and remember the freedom granted to us by Hashem. In that remembrance, we have the Seder, Matzah, and Arba Kosos. To most, these appear to be fun parts of the holiday to approach joyously. But to a Crohn’s or Colitis patient, it can be slightly nerve inducing as the least digestive friendly holiday approaches.

First, it is important to remember that many medications interact with alcohol. Be wary of this and ask your physician before consuming your Arba Kosos. remember, if you are taking Antibiotics (As Flagyl – Metronidazol and same goes to a lot of other) you are not allowed to drink any alcohol!
All other IBD patients should please double check with your doctor if the effectiveness of your medication will not be decreased or render them useless while mixing them with alcohol.

Simply skipping medication is not the answer to the very real problem! You should exercise extreme caution and consult with your doctor and Rabbi/Rav before deciding not to take a medication on Pesach. As important as one treats the laws of Kashrus, one is also obligated to treat the Mitzva of "V'Nishmartem M'Od L'Nafshotaichem" - "Take care of your health". Therefore, under no circumstances should an individual forego taking a prescribed medication of Pesach (and during the year...) without first consulting one's physician and Rav for a careful analysis of the situation.

Second, Matzah is notoriously harsh on the stomach, and in order to stay healthy and safe you have to take precautions. Speak with your physician and your Rav about how you should approach eating matzah this coming Pesach, all information on the above-mentioned Yiddish Interview has been discussed and guided by Rabbanim.

Please call your doctor if you have any issues, if you have a problem reaching your doctor, feel free to contact us anytime, we will try our best to get you through. Do not hesitate to call us anytime.

Please forward this email to all patients and their families who may benefit.

Big Thanks to Abigail Winokur for the help!

We would like to wish you a Chag Kosher V'Samayach! A happy and healthy Yom Tov!

Thursday, March 9, 2017



We're sending this email early enough... it's a friendly reminder about the danger of mixing certain medications with alcohol. In some cases, alcohol interactions may decrease the effectiveness of medications or render them useless. In other cases, alcohol interactions may make drugs harmful or even toxic to your body, even in small amounts!

We witnessed many patients taking Flagyl - Metronidazel and they drank alcohol having very unpleasant and some even life-threatening side effects, Therefore if you're taking Flagyl - Metronidazel, do NOT drink! (We pointed out one Antibiotic, but there are much more other medications with the same danger).

In any case, each and every Crohn's and Colitis patient should double check with their doctor if drinking alcohol while taking your medication is safe, and if you're allowed to drink even a drop!

Please be responsible! Do it for yourself and for your family.

A Freilichen Purim! And Tumid B'Simcha!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Audio of the CrownHeights Event

Dear member,

Sorry for the delay... Attached is a link to download the recording of the event in Crownheights. Or you can pick up a CD at all ‘קרן שמואל ישעי - Keren Shmiel Shaya kiosk and Shul locations. For the low cost of $5.00.

  1. Event Moderator: Comedian Mendy Pellin
  2. Optimizing current therapies for IBD: Dr. David Hudesman, Director of IBD, Tisch NYU Hospital.
  3. Mendy Pellin
  4. Upcoming treatments in the Pipeline: Dr. Simon Lichtiger, Director of IBD, Columbia Hospital.
  5. Mendy Pellin
  6. Diets and Natural supplements in IBD: Dr. Garrett Lawlor, Associate Director of IBD, Columbia Hospital
  7. Dr. Eli Rosen, Crown-Heights physician
  8. Personal Story: Mendy Pellin
  9. Surgical treatment of IBD: when its needed & what are the options: Dr. Feza Remzi, Director of IBD, NYU Langone Medical Center.
  10. Pediatric IBD: Developing and Growth: Dr. Nancy Pittman, Pediatric, Gastroenterology, Mount Sinai Hospital
  11. Question and Answer session and a five doctors panel

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Ladies Support Group Gathering

We are doing it again!

An uplifting and inspiring experience; Join us at our “Ladies Support Group” gathering, an afternoon of Awareness, Unity and Joy.

"Reclaim Your Womanhood" workshop given by the inimitable Rivka Malka Perlman.

Experience life again; this time with you in the driver's seat!

Save the date!
Sunday, January 22, 2017, 12:0pm.
Machon High School (2nd floor)
1683 42nd St., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11204

Program begins promptly - Light/SCD diet refreshments will be served.

RSVP required

Text: 917-676-6358

The gathering is specifically for women with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis.


Reminder: Please help us out so we'll be able to help you better. Any donation, no matter how small, will go a long way in making it all possible.

Please donate here:

You can also send us a Chase QuickPay to:
Or call/email us with your Credit Card info

We are a 501(c)3 organization. All your donations are tax deductible.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Help JCCSG help others

Dear member,

JCCSG has been founded almost 6 years ago to help those struggling with Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Over the past few years, we have helped people alleviate their struggle to survive the difficulties of these diseases. We have provided general information, assisted with medical referrals, launched educational symposiums and support group events.

In the past few months, we have spent a lot of resources to improve and strengthen connections with doctors to be able to expedite appointments, to provide support for those struggling with the disease and their families, and to arrange support gatherings. We also have many great ideas in the pipeline for the future.

We never asked our beneficiaries for any fee, and intend to continue to do so for as long as we can. However, we need financing to be able to launch new projects and keep up with the old ones.

Here we are with a plea to all of you: please help us out so we'll be able to help you better. Any donation, no matter how small, will go a long way in making it all possible.

You can donate here:​​

You can also send us a Chase QuickPay to:

Or you can send us a check, payable to JCCSG Inc., to:
95 Skillman St. #5C
Brooklyn NY 11205

We are a 501(c)3 organization. All your donations are tax deductible.

We appreciate your help and look forward to your generous contribution.

Please forward this email to your family and friends. And post it on social media.

All the best!

​Yoely Drummer

Founder & Executive Director

And Your friends at עול"ם - JCCSG Inc.
עזרה וחיזוק לחולי מעיים
Jewish Crohn's & Colitis Support Group

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

TONIGHT at 7:15pm in Crown-Heights

We look forward to welcome you TONIGHT at 7:15 at the Lubavitch Yeshiva Hall, 570 Crown St. Brooklyn NY 11213. No RSVP needed. The lectures are set to begin in a timely fashion, so please be punctual.

There will NOT be a Live online Video hookup, nor Teleconference!

Please help us help you with letting your family and friends know about this Event. You never know that someone else within your circle might benefit of it… Pass the invitation or send us their email address to be added to our mailing list.

If you are coming from Williamsburg or Boro Park or anywhere else and you might have place for someone else, please contact us. Thanks!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Ad of our Crown-Heights Event


Please help us spread the word about our upcoming Event, ​​Co-Sponsored by "Sunshine Pharmacy”

​​Attached is our Ad we publicized. Please forward it to people you know that might benefit from it, and if possible please hang this ad by your Doctor’s Office (ask them before if it’s a problem...) or wherever you feel its right. (If you need it in PDF format, please contact us).


​Sunshine Pharmacy is located at 411 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11225, 718-773-2020
Visit for more info about our great sponsor!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Comedian Mendy Pellin wants to talk with you about Crohn's Disease & Ulcerative Colitis

Comedian Mendy Pellin will be waiting for you at the Crown-Heights symposium, on Tuesday, November 29th, at the Lubavitch Yeshiva Hall, 570 Crown St. Brooklyn NY 11213.

Please share it with your friends, and on Social Media.

If you like to be a co-sponsor, or you know of anyone that would, please help us, and contact us

This event is not RSVP, but you can still register at

Monday, October 10, 2016

A Git Gebencht Yur! Yom Kipur info., Have an Easy fast!

We at עול"ם - The Jewish Crohn's & Colitis Support Group (JCCSG) would like to wish you and your family again, a good and sweet, happy and prosperous year. A year of Nachas and Parnasah and all you need. And of course a Healthy year. May we all be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life.

As a reminder, please discuss with your Rabbe/Rav/Dayan AND Doctor regarding your fasting, taking your medications, and/or about taking IV (Intravenous) fluids.


After we were asked by a lot of our members, we're sending a list of IV Center's provided by our heroic Chevra Hatzolah


Erev Yom Kipur (Starting the IV line):
  • ODA, 14 Heyward St.
  • Quality Health Center, 432 Bedford Ave.
On Yom Kipur (IV Center):
  • ODA, 14 Heyward St. - from 10:00am till 4:00pm
  • Quality Health Center, 432 Bedford Ave. - from 10:00am till 4:00pm
For more info please call Chevra Hatzalah’s special line: 718-534-5050 Ext. 0

Boro Park:
Erev Yom Kipur (Starting the IV line):
  • Bobov Shul, 1533 48th St. - from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
On Yom Kipur (IV Center):
  • Bobov Shul, 1533 48th St. - from 8:00am to 7:00pm
  • Belz Shul, 1321 43rd St. - from 8:00am to 7:00pm
  • Statcare, 1270 51th St. - from 8:00am to 7:00pm
  • Brizdovitz Shul, 1721 58th St. - from 8:00am to 7:00pm
For house calls (Only if necessary) or for more info please call Yachad D’Bobov Bikur Cholim: 718-851-2500

Rockland County:
Erev Yom Kipur (Starting the IV line):
  • At the Hatzoloh Garage, 19 Grove Street, corner of Saddle River Road - from 12:00pm to 2:00pm.
On Yom Kipur:
  • A nurse or paramedic will come to your home on Yom Kippur morning to attach the IV bag.
Patients must pre-register by calling 347-743-4747.
Fee $25.00 to cover expenses.

New Square: Kiryas Yoel, Monroe: Lakewood:
  • Please call Lev Rochel Bikur Cholim of Lakewood, 732-905-3020 to arrange it.
REMEMBER: The same Torah which commands us to fast on Yom Kippur tells us that "V’Nishmartem M'od L’Nafshotaichem" - "Take care of your health/guarding our health" is far more important.

Again, you need a prescription in order to get the IV, no exceptions! So please make sure to have it!

Have an easy fast!!!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

L'Shana Tova!

At this time of year, we at עול"ם ~ The Jewish Crohn's & Colitis Support Group (JCCSG) would like to wish you and your family a happy and prosperous year; It shall be a year of Nachas andParnasah, and of course a Healthy year.

As we look back upon the year past, we are happy to let you know that we have made some significant accomplishments this year, spreading our awareness, education and support mission in Lakewood NJ, and we’re on the way to Crown Heights, while connecting with more doctors and hospitals throughout New York and New Jersey. In addition to the continuous efforts in research in better understanding IBD and hopefully a Road to prevention.

At this opportunity we would like to express our deep appreciation for your ongoing support of our mission. It is only with your continuous dedication that we are able to improve the quality of life for the people affected by Crohn's and Colitis and their families.

A Kesiva V'Chasima Tova!
​כתיבה וחתימה טובה! שנה טובה ומבורכת!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Next Event in Crown Heights

Dear member,

We are proud to announce that our next very informative and insightful Symposium will be held in Crown Heights. Stay Tuned for our future updates and feel free to contact us with all your concerns and comments by phone at 718-63-JCCSG (718-635-2274) or sending us an 

The event will be moderated and conducted by the well-known Comedic Master of Ceremonies Mendy Pellin, who recently dedicated himself to spread awareness within the communities about Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. We guarantee you won’t wanna miss it!

Help us spread the word. Should you know someone who might benefit and is not on our mailing list forward this email.

We would be delighted to hear from you. Your participation is much appreciated!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Mazel Tov Rabbi Follman

מזל טוב!
בשמחה רבה הננו מברכים ועונים, לכבוד הרב המפואר שלשלת היוחסין פרי צדיק עץ חיים נטעי נעמנים, מוכתר בחכמה ובינת נבונים, במעלות ומדות אשר חכמים מונים, עושה צדקה וחסד באמיץ כח וכביר אונים, מקבל כל אדם בסבר פנים, גן ההדסים ערוגת הבושם, ותיק ועושה חסד לכולנו אהוב ונחמד בקהל עדת אבירים, ידיד נפש כל חי המשליך נפשו מנגד יומם ולילה לטובת החולים, ידיו רב לו בהתייסדת והקמת והרחבת מפעלינו למען אחינו בני ישראל אשר לישועה מצפים, מסור בכל נפשו לכל חולי ישראל ומקבלם בספר פנים מאירים
ה"ה ידיד ה' וידיד כל בית ישראל, כבוד שמו מפארים
הרב אלעזר דוד פאללמאן שליט"א

חבר וועד הנהלת ארגונינו

לרגל שמחת אירוסי בנו המציון הבחור תמים למעלות ולמידות, פרי קודש הילולים, הרב משה יוחנן שליט"א למזל טוב ובשעה טובה ומצלחת
עב"ג הכלה החשובה ומהוללה ב"ק שתחי בת הגה"צ המפורסם
הרב חיים אלעזר ראבינאוויטש שליט"א, ראש ישיבת מונקאטש
בן כ"ק מרן אדמו"ר מ'מונקאטש שליט"א

ויהא רעוא שהזיווג יעלה ויפה להעמיד דורות ישרים, ע"ד אבותיו הקדושים והטהורים, ויהא הבנין עדי עד לדור דורים, וירוה כבוד הרב שליט"א תענוג ונחת ממנו ומכל יו"ח היקרים, וכל נטיעות שנוטעין ממך יהי' כמותך דורות ישרים ומבורכים, ועוד רבות בשנים ימשיך בפעליו הכבירים, מתוך הרחבת הדעת ושפע רב למישרים, עדי נזכה וישמע קול חתן וקול כלה בחוצות ירושלים ובערים, בב"א

הכ"ד המשתתפים בשמחתו, ומברכים לעומתו, בהוקרה והערכה, בשיר וקול תודה
כל הנהנים מפעולתך

גדול העונה יותר מן המברכים, ידידך עוז כל הימים
יואל דרוממער
מייסד ומנהל

We would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to our dear friend Rabbi Eluzer Duvid Follman, JCCSG Vice President, upon the engagement of his son Moshe Yochanan, with the daughter of Harav Chaim Eluzer Rabinowitz, Rosh Yeshivas Minkatch, son of Minkatch’a Rabbe Shlita.
As we all know Rabbi Follman is someone who has put his heart and soul into assisting Crohn's and Colitis sufferers for many years, and so skillfully conducted our evenings with much tact.

May he have much
Nachas from this couple and from his whole family along with health, wealth and abundant happiness. Let him be Zoche to fulfill his mission of improving the quality of live for people affected by Crohn's and Colitis and for their families with success and Brucha at all times.

Wishing you in the name of the entire Board and all our members

Yoely Drummer
Founder & Executive Director

Monday, August 15, 2016

August 2016 Update

Mazel Tov to Tzvi Yaakov Shapiro, our Lakewood event coordinator, to the birth of his baby Boy.
May he see a lot of Nachas with health and wealth.


We are currently planning our next symposium and we would love your input.

There were suggestions on several issues, and we would appreciate your opinion and concerns regarding the topics to be addressed. We also have not yet decided on location; what do you say?

We're working hard to get this done; please help us out with an email or call us at 718-63-JCCSG (718-635-2274) with your advice and comments.

Thank you!

We'll keep you posted as event details are finalized.