The Inner Circle Acknowledges, Dr. Joshua Cohen as a Top Pinnacle Life Member

Dr. Joshua Cohen acknowledged by the Inner Circle

Prominently featured in The Inner Circle, Joshua Cohen is acknowledged as a Top Pinnacle Life Member for his contributions to the field of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Cohen pursued his prestigious education at Harvard University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. He then attended the University of Gainesville where he received a Medical Doctor degree and completed residency at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Cohen is an expert in Lasik surgery, advanced cataract surgery, and glaucoma. He explained that an ophthalmologist is a physician who undergoes subspecialty training in medical and surgical eye care. Following a medical degree, he said that a doctor specializing in ophthalmology must pursue additional postgraduate residency training specific to that field. Ophthalmologists prescribe medications to treat ailments, such as eye diseases, implement laser therapy, and perform surgery when needed. Ophthalmologists provide both primary and specialty eye care - medical and surgical. 

Dedicated to providing the latest innovations in his field, Dr. Cohen is a member of the AAO, is a Fellow of The Board of Opthalmology, and ACRS. When considering his success, the doctor attributes his mentors, Dr. G. Richard Cohen, his father; Dr. Sandeep Grover; and Dr. Steve Newman. He also believes that closely following his philosophy of combining core knowledge with clinical knowledge is a key to his accomplishments. The doctor cites his joining and growing his practice as major career highlights. In the future, he plans to provide continuous quality care for his patients.

Aside from his professional pursuits, Dr. Cohen enjoys tennis; drawing; working on his YouTube channel; and spending time with family.

Cannabis Legislation in Israel is Evolving....

The Israeli ministry of health announced the anticipated medical cannabis regulatory reform on Monday August 7, 2023. The new regulations will remove many of the heavy regulations in the sector, making medical cannabis more accessible to patients as well as boosting export.

TORONTO and GLIL YAM, Israel, Aug. 11, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- IM Cannabis Corp. (CSE: IMCC) (NASDAQ: IMCC) (the "Company" or "IMC"), a leading medical cannabis company with operations in Israel and Germany, is pleased to share the new medical cannabis reform announced by the Israeli ministry of health on August 7, 2023 (the "Reform").

Oncology, epilepsy, gastrointestinal diseases such as Crohn's and colitis, dementia, autism from the age of 5, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, Parkinsons, Tourette-Syndrome and palliative care. All Israeli patients suffering from these indications will be able to have access to medical cannabis with a regular prescription.

The key aspects of the regulatory reform are the following:

Starting December 29, 2023, patients with a wide range of diseases and medical conditions will no longer be required to obtain a license to receive medical cannabis. Patients will receive a prescription similar to those for other prescription medications.

Cannabis can now also be used as a first line treatment as opposed to a last resort based on medical discretion.

Simplification of the export process which can facilitate the export of Israeli grown cannabis to Europe along with the associated EU-GMP certification process.

While point 1 is already approved, points 2 and 3 are pending final approval by the ministry of health.

"With the overhaul of the cannabis regulation, the Israeli Ministry of Health is clearly putting patient needs first, facilitating the access of medical cannabis for many new patients. We believe it will change the face of the medical cannabis market in Israel, once it is fully approved by the ministry of health," said Oren Shuster, Chief Executive Officer of IMC. "There are two aspects of the new reform which are particularly pertinent to our business. First, by moving from cannabis licenses to cannabis prescriptions and enabling the use of cannabis as a first line treatment, we anticipate a significant growth in patient numbers. Second, by allowing the growers to separate the post-harvest process from the growing process, it could facilitate EU GMP certification, enabling export to Germany, the largest medical cannabis market in Europe, where we are a top 10 player."

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The New Jewish Home Celebrates 9 Remarkable New Yorkers Over Age 80

three-time Grammy winner, Ron Carter; founding editor and writer for Ms. magazine, Letty Cottin Pogrebin; renowned feminist author, Erica Jong; famed conductor, Eve Queler; acclaimed inventor, Sanford
At its 8th annual Eight Over Eighty gala, health care, business and philanthropic leaders from across New York City joined The New Jewish Home to honor nine exceptional New Yorkers who continue to embody vitality, achievement and civic activism well into their 80's and beyond – demonstrating what it truly means to "Age Like a New Yorker."

The event, held at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in Manhattan on Wednesday, May 31 successfully raised $1.3 million for The New Jewish Home, a comprehensive nonprofit health care system serving thousands of older New Yorkers of all faiths and ethnicities each year.

This year's honorees included: three-time Grammy winner, Ron Carter; founding editor and writer for Ms. magazine, Letty Cottin Pogrebin; renowned feminist author, Erica Jong; famed conductor, Eve Queler; acclaimed inventor, Sanford "Sandy" David Greenberg; former President and CEO of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, Dr. Billy E. Jones; founding partner of Trian Fund Management, Peter May; former President of the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New YorkBruce McIver; and the founder of TAG Associates, Stanley Pantowich.

"Our Eight over Eighty Gala is a special opportunity to honor outstanding older adults at the top of their respective games who inspire us to reimagine what it means to age with incredible vitality," said Dr. Jeffrey Farber, President and CEO of The New Jewish Home. "As we close out Older Americans Month, our gala celebrates nine remarkable individuals who have made significant contributions to a number of important industries and societal causes, including feminism, healthcare, business, economics, and music."

The event was marked by several highlights. David Remnick, Editor of the New Yorker, was the host and Dr. Jeffrey Farber announced a new dedicated program for older adults in the LGBTQ+ community as part of The New Jewish Home's ongoing partnership with SAGE. Feminist powerhouse Letty Cottin Pogrebin sat with a table of exceptional women over eighty, including writer, photographer and classical musician Arlene Alda, former Democratic district leader Jane Bevans, co-founder of The National Organization for Women Muriel Fox, former Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger, co-founder of the First Women's Bank and NY Women's Foundation Sarah Kovner, among several other female trailblazers.

Other notable attendees included Lee Perlman, President of the Greater New York Hospital Management Corporation; real estate developer Jerry Speyer and his wife Katherine Farley, Chair of Lincoln Center; Kathryn Garcia, Director of New York State Operations; Tim and Nina Zagat, co-founders of Zagat Survey; Michael Adams, CEO of SAGE; Daniel Reingold, President and CEO of RiverSpring Living; Eric Goldstein, CEO of UJA-Federation of New YorkDavid Moore, Board Chair of UJA-Federation of New YorkMark Kramer, President of the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes; Richard Kay of the Himan Brown Charitable Trust;  Mayo Stuntz, Operating Partner at Bessemer Venture; Don Schulman, Executive Director of the Association of Jewish Aging Services; Michael Rosenblut, President and CEO of Parker Jewish Institute; actor and advertising legend, Charlie Moss and his wife, Susan Calhoun Moss; and Ted Katramados, Director of TAG Associates.

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B’nai B’rith World Center Launches Hebrew Diplomatic Club

The B’nai B’rith World Center launched on April 19 the Hebrew Diplomatic Club—the first forum ever established in Israel for Hebrew-speaking foreign diplomats. The inaugural meeting of the club—that enjoys the sponsorship of the Israel Foreign Ministry Protocol Office—took place at the ministry headquarters in Jerusalem with the participation of diplomats from Japan, the EU, Bulgaria, Georgia, Poland and Russia. B’nai B’rith World Center Director Alan Schneider and Head of Protocol Gil Haskel opened the session—the first in what is planned in monthly meetings of the club that will be expanded to include Hebrew-speaking spouses and children of the diplomats.

The guest speaker at the meeting was noted Hebraist Avshalom Kor, winner of the Prime Minister’s Hebrew Language Award for 2016, who made a wide-ranging presentation under the title “I speak with King David” about the less-known advantages of the Hebrew language. Schneider praised the diplomats for making the significant effort to learn Hebrew and immerse themselves in the life of the country and presented a historical panorama of B’nai B’rith, including its contribution to the revival of Hebrew as a functional language, an initiative led by Eliezer Ben-Yehuda who served as the first secretary of the B’nai B’rith Jerusalem Lodge, and other noteworthy breakthroughs including the establishment of the forerunner of the Israel National Library. As planned, future meetings of the club will include a visit to the National Library’s soon-to-be-opened new premises, the Hebrew Academy of Language and the World Zionist Organization headquarters.

photo by: Hila Revivo - B’nai B’rith World Center
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South Florida Entrepreneur Launches Good Jewish News Magazine

Publication Aims to Increase Optimism in and Around Jewish Culture

Businessman and Philanthropist Jay Shapiro launched Good Jewish News out of the desire to bring more optimism to the Jewish community and put smiles on people’s faces in a modern era where news tends to focus on negative, divisive and shocking content. The first issue of GJN (good Jewish news) was published on Rosh Chodesh Adar 5783 and featured renowned Israeli artist Yaacov Heller and Ironman Israel on the front cover. The publisher is non-religious yet felt that publishing the monthly magazine and release it each month in accordance with the Hebrew calendar would set it apart from other publications which may or may not focus on positive wholesome content!

Good Jewish News is: Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace, Pro-Uplifting Stories, Pro-Motivation and Anti-Nothing yet acknowledges the need for the more shocking and negative news! Its just not in the wheelhouse of Good Jewish News to publish such said negative content! There are over one million publications sharing negative content about the Jewish community and GJN will be the exception to the pessimistic rule which states that bad news spreads 10 times faster than good news. The publisher is hell-bent on disproving that quote and restoring some light, levity and humor to a world divided.

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To Publish Positive and Optimistic News in and Around the Jewish Community!!! We do this by publishing Good Jewish News magazine with a focus on good news, success stories and uplifting content! The negative and fake news is out of control, and we plan to do our part to provide a quality alternative which will be achieved by sharing as much Good Jewish News as possible!


Rare Marc Chagall Painting of His Father - "Zachar Shagal" Recently Restituted to the Descendants of Its Original Owner, on View at the Jewish Museum

Marc Chagall’s painting Le Père (1911), which was recently restituted to the descendants of its original owner, is now on view at the Jewish Museum through January 1, 2024.

Completed in 1911, during a transformative period in the artist’s career, Le Père was among 15 works of art that the French Government restituted in April of 2022, part of an ongoing effort to return works in its museums that were stolen by the Nazis during World War II. The painting was restituted to the descendants of David Cender, the original owner, and sold at auction by Phillips in November 2022. Following the sale, Phillips’ team in New York worked with the buyer of the artwork and facilitated the loan to the Museum.

Claudia Gould, Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director, said, “The Jewish Museum is honored to show Chagall’s rare portrait of his father. The vast and systemic pillaging of artworks during World War II, and the eventual rescue and return of many, is one of the most dramatic stories of twentieth-century art, and one that continues to have repercussions today. It is imperative that the Jewish Museum tells these stories, most recently doing so with our exhibition Afterlives: Recovering the Lost Stories of Looted Art (2021). We are grateful to Phillips for facilitating this loan.”

Part of the collection of David Cender, a musical instrument-maker from Łódź, Poland, the work was stolen from him in 1940 before he was sent to Auschwitz with his family. While Cender survived, his wife, daughter, and other relatives were killed at Auschwitz. By the early 1950s, the painting had been reacquired by Chagall himself, who held a particular affinity for it. The artist was likely unaware of the history of the painting’s ownership. In 1988, the Musée national d’art moderne, Centre national d’art et de culture Georges-Pompidou in Paris received the painting by donation from Chagall’s estate. Ten years later, the work was deposited into the Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme in Paris, where it was on view for 24 years before research showed that the work should be and was restituted to Cender’s heirs.

Le Père is a dynamic portrait that signifies Chagall’s pivotal transition from art student in Saint Petersburg to one of the defining figures of European Modernism. During the winter of 1911-1912, Chagall moved into La Ruche, an artists’ commune on the outskirts of Montparnasse, France. The works he created over the next three years are among the most highly regarded of his career, with his portraits bearing particular significance. Le Père is an intimate portrait of the artist’s father Zahar, a quiet and shy man who spent his entire life working in the same manual labor job. Portraits of the artist’s father are rare within Chagall’s oeuvre. Far from the generalized symbols of lovers that dominated much of his later paintings, this early work is a remarkably personal and heartfelt depiction.

Israeli Culinary Institute Announces Opening Date

  The Galilee Culinary Institute by JNF (GCI by JNF) will officially open its doors on May 7, 2024. Located in the Greater Kiryat Shmona Region - Israel's northernmost point -- the first-of-its-kind institution will enable a new generation of students to experience the region's rich melting pot of culinary traditions while providing a syllabus that sets it apart from other schools.

"Israel's Galilee region is home to over 80 unique cultures," explained Jewish National Fund-USA World Chairman's Council Ambassador, Steve Rosenfield. "Where else in the world can you learn about Ethiopian and Druze food in the morning, Lebanese cooking in the afternoon, and Jewish Sephardic cuisines from North Africa in the evening? GCI by JNF will mark a new era in culinary education, yet it will also bring transformational economic development to Israel's north thanks to the jobs and tourism it will attract." Further emphasizing the Institute's positive economic impact, Rosenfield added: "The upper eastern Galilee has been out of the spotlight for too long because of the complicated economic and security situation. Through Jewish National Fund-USA's philanthropic investments in the region, we are adding new housing sites, a new medical center, a food technology center, and a food incubator in addition to GCI by JNF."

GCI by JNF CEO, Nathan Hoffman, echoed Rosenfield's excitement. "The opening of the school means everything to me," he said. "I've been waiting for this day since I started in May 2019. To me, this solidifies everything and provides a timeline for executing our strategic plan." Housed within GCI by JNF, the Rosenfield School of Culinary Arts will welcome students from around the world with plans underway to also offer shorter culinary programs for tourists and locals. "It's always incredible to see a vision evolve into reality," said GCI by JNF Chief Culinary Officer and Co-founder, Lior Lev Sercarz. "The opening of our institution will be a watershed moment for Israel's north, yet it will also mark a new chapter in how our industry approaches culinary education as our impact is felt around the globe." "I am so proud to see our game-changing initiative come to fruition," added GCI by JNF Chair and Co-chair of the Go Northeast Task Force, Sheryl Buchholtz. "In everything we do at Jewish National Fund-USA, we always ask, 'what's the Return on Investment (ROI) for the people of Israel?' Projects like GCI by JNF help change the narrative in previously underserved places like Kiryat Shmona. We are bringing jobs and tourism to the region, yet most importantly, we are creating hope and a reason for the next generation to stay and develop their communities." Regarding the Institute's target demographic, Hoffman explained: "We are looking to attract the next generation of culinary leaders. Many places accept anyone who can pay. However, we will focus on engaging students with the most passion, promise, and potential." GCI by JNF will differentiate itself from other institutions by focusing on transforming culinary education. While most institutes strictly focus on the kitchen, with students usually learning about their workstations and how to use the different kitchen supplies on 'day one,' GCI's students will first start on the farm. They will see where food comes from with the Institute's experiential approach to learning. "You learn about wine from the vineyard, bread from the wheatfields, and fruit from the orchards, not from a book or video," explained Hoffman. 

 For more information or to apply, visit For philanthropic opportunities, visit or contact Michael Feinman at / +1.212.879.9305 x503.

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