The Jewish Community Health Initiative is dedicated to developing programming and infrastructure to promote health in Jewish communities. The Jewish community is vibrant and filled with many people devoted to making life better for the community. JCHi is here to harness that power in ways that can help us all to lead healthier lives, using proven methods that have improved the health and lives of people in many varied communities.

While this website is still in its initial stages, feel free to poke around and learn a bit about what we are doing, and our plans for the future. Programs and proposals are in development, and great things will happen.

For more on why the JCHi was created, click here.

For info on what JCHi is and has been up to, click here.

JCHi is a simple but great idea whose time has come.

JCHi is working on a project designed for the Orthodox community, aiming to improve the health of Orthodox Jewish families. In order to be most effective, feedback is being solicited from Orthodox Jewish parents via a brief, anonymous, online survey (fill out the survey and enter a raffle - 3 prizes of $25). No more details can be shared at this time for fear of influencing the survey results. Below is the official invitation to participate in the survey.

Please take a few minutes to help us learn about certain health needs in the Orthodox Jewish community – and maybe win $25! A brief online survey is being conducted by the Jewish Community Health Initiative at Case Western Reserve University (, under its director, Mendel Singer, PhD MPH. Results will be used to develop programs to improve the health of families in the Orthodox Jewish community.

Upon completion of the survey, you have the option of providing your contact information so that you may be entered in a raffle for one of three online $25 gift cards for or for a local Jewish bookstore/gift shop of your choice. Your contact information is not saved with your survey responses, so we cannot link your personal information to how you answered the survey. That is why you will be taken to a 2nd survey to provide your contact information. It is only used for the raffle. If you choose not to participate in the raffle, you can simply exit the page after submitting your survey responses.

To take the survey, go to: Orthodox Parent Health Survey

If you have any questions about the survey, or wish to share your thoughts, please email

Lots of work has been going on behind the scenes developing content for this website, and after Jan 1 it will begin to be rolled out. There will be a whole section on mental health. This will cover depression (including post-partum depression), anxiety and stress. The content will include video clips that tell the story of what it is like for people who suffer from these conditions, e.g. patients and family members talking about living with post-partum depresion and how it has affected their lives. There will also be a quick online depression screen to suggest whether a person should see a doctor for an evaluation.

There will be a section on eating healthier - what you need to know, and how to do it. This section will also feature video clips for the purpose of instruction and sharing ideas for making healthy changes. Also, how to teach your kids about basic nutrition - information for parents and teachers, too (including links to teaching materials).

So stay tuned....and check back!

Tons of tips on how to get started exercising - at home, at work, wherever!

Check it out here!

Event held June 7, 2012 in Teaneck, NJ

Fast Track to a Healthier You! 

Posted by mendel Sunday, April 29, 2012 9:10:15 PM
“Fast Track to a Healthier You”, is a special program sponsored by the Jewish Center of Teaneck (JCOT, Teaneck, NJ),  Thursday night June 7 at 8pm. Three speakers from the Jewish Community Health Initiative (JCHi),, will discuss... read more

Safety Advisory for Passover 

Posted by mendel Monday, April 02, 2012 3:51:17 PM
Lead Poisoning: Crystal Decanters and Glassware, Glazed Dishes Print and Post the PDF of this Safety Advisory - Download and Share! Recommendations Crystal decanters should only store beverages during the seder or meal. Pregnant women, babies ... read more

U of Michigan, Monday March 26: The Obesity Epidemic: A Jewish Perspective 

Posted by mendel Wednesday, March 21, 2012 2:56:50 PM
Dr. Mendel Singer will be giving a talk, "The Obesity Epidemic: A Jewish Perspective" at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Monday March 26 at 5pm, 1415 Washington Hts, Ann Arbor in the Community Lounge, room 1680. He will also be... read more

Jewish Community Health Fellowship at Case 

Posted by mendel Friday, February 24, 2012 2:12:15 PM
In the fight against obesity and chronic disease, health promotion is getting renewed emphasis. The most efficient way to accomplish this is through community health methods that leverage existing relationships, infrastructure and resources. Every... read more

Don't Spread Shigella on Your Mid-Winter Trip! 

Posted by mendel Wednesday, February 01, 2012 10:17:18 PM
As many Cleveland, Lakewood(NJ) and Brooklyn Orthodox Jews travel over the schools' mid-Winter break, there is the very real risk that the Shigella outbreak could spread to other communities. Traveling with small children adds various challenges... read more

Shigella Health Advisory for Cleveland  

Posted by mendel Monday, January 23, 2012 8:26:43 PM
The Cuyahoga County Board of Health has issued a health advisory for the Orthodox Jewish community of Cleveland relating to the current outbreak of Shigella, a highly infectious bacterial infection causing diarrhea. As of Jan 20 there were 21... read more

The Obesity Epidemic - A Jewish Perspective 

Posted by mendel Sunday, January 22, 2012 11:15:46 AM
Dr. Mendel Singer is available for speaking on obesity from a jewish perspective, in addition to the public health/medical perspective. The talk incorporates classical Jewish sources on eating and preventive health, as well as community issues such... read more

IER Approach to Health 

Posted by mendel Wednesday, November 30, 2011 5:39:00 PM
How do we live healthier lives? Keep the focus on the ier, as in healthier. Step by step. Just do something, and stick to it. Start with something easy. I will be writing more on this at my blog, but I would like to ask you to share your ideas on... read more

Healthy Jews: La-briut! 

Posted by mendel Friday, October 07, 2011 10:54:03 AM

My health blog has begun! You can check out the first post at the Cleveland Jewish News website. It is October and time to get your flu shot!

Health Blog at Cleveland Jewish News 

Posted by mendel Wednesday, September 28, 2011 1:59:52 PM

Our director, Dr. Mendel Singer, will be starting a health blog at the Cleveland Jewish News website. It is scheduled to begin on Friday Oct 7, and is called: LaBriut! To Your Health!

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