Last month, more than 135 women came together at the Westport home of Amy and Neil Katz for UJA/Federation's annual Lion of Judah/Pomegranate women's philanthropy event. They gathered to recognize the women of UJA/Federation who have made significant contributions to the organization's annual campaign, and to raise funds for the new Katz Family Breast Health Initiative at Emek Medical Center in Afula, Israel. $170,000 has been raised to date.

The Katz Family Breast Health Initiative of UJA/Federation WWWN will provide additional medical, psychological, nursing, social work outreach and genetic counseling to women in Afula-Gilboa.

UJA/Federation board member Amy Katz, together with her husband Neil, is leading the fundraising effort to create this enhanced resource. She said she feels passionately that all women who experience the challenge of having to deal with breast cancer should be able to benefit from a comprehensive and caring team approach. Toward that end, the staff of Norwalk Hospital's Smilow Family Breast Health Center were active participants in the Oct. 13 event, and will play an ongoing role in the creation of the new resource at Emek Medical Center. Dr. Richard Zelkowitz, director of the Smilow Family Breast Health Center, and Dr. Joel Sayfan, director of surgery at Emek Medical Center, established a working relationship that will further enhance the bridge between the Westport, Weston, Wilton, and Norwalk communities and the Afula-Gilboa region of Israel.

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