Sunday, April 30, 2017

Next Event in Baltimore

In response to the overwhelming demand from the people of Baltimore, we have been inspired to forge ahead. We are so proud to now announce our next “Education & Support Event”!

This event will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, on Monday, May 8th, 2017

Stay Tuned for our future updates and feel free to contact us with all your concerns and comments by phone or by sending an email to We would be delighted to hear from you.

Help us spread the word. Should you know someone who might benefit, please send them this information, they might not be on our mailing list…

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 Yiddish, discussing the Halachas regarding 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!