Yep I can help you there....
Dr. Carlos Rosenberg, Tel Aviv. He was recommended to me by the beoven tv attachment parenting underground.
He is originally from South America, so speaks Spanish as a Mother Tounge.
But, he is also WAY fluent in English and Hebrew, and from what I understand FRENCH as well.
Should cover the bases. Oh, and he's with Maccabi.
Okay, now for my experience....
My good friend went into him having been molested by a dr. She said "I"m here for a check up but you can't touch me." He managed to do exactly as she asked! Same friend was unhappy with her "mama cloth", she wanted something more "tamponish" but not harmful to animals or disposable. He recommended the "keeper," I believe. Now THAT is a savvy dr.
As for me, I came in and said "I believe my health is my responsibility. I'm looking for someone to consult with." And that's where we've been. I ask him which tests are coming up and he tells me and I say "okay, thanks for the info" and he puts in the computer that I've refused the test.
He calls me back when I leave messages for him. He is curteous (though he's got the Israeli brusqueness, what can you do?!) during these calls and makes sure he knows EXACTLY whom he is speaking to before proceeding with the phone call.
My husband wanted the tier II sonigram, I did not. Not convinced of the safety. My husband said "what are the benefits of doing this sonigram?" He looked at me and back and my husband and calmly said "is there any information that I could give you that would make you abort this pregnancy?"
"then you don't need it."
I understand that was a simplified version. Of course there would be more invasive tests before a recommendation to abort...but essentially, he saved us all that crap by taking our personal preference into account.
and finally, I was going out of my mind wanting to know the gender of the baby (he has a sonigram machine in his office), but terrified of the sonigram. He was able to say "you are right, we think it is safe, but we just don't know for certain. The less time the machine is on there, the less time the exposure, which is better. You are welcome to the sonigram or not, it is your call.
When I decided to do it, he said "we may not be able to see gender because of the baby's position, it could take a long time to see the gender and I know that you are concerned about this, so how many seconds or minutes would you like for me to look before stopping?"
He found it within a minute and a half and immediately turned off the machine. Didn't even make a picture or anything.
Oh, and he has a sign on his desk saying "You CAN birth the way you want, just ask. We did, and are now considering hiring him privately for a homebirth...
Is that enough of a recommendation? Feel free to pm me if you want.
Okay, as for a get together, until we get creative and think of something:
Shalom!! I am here in Jerusalem with my family for three weeks, and some NJP readers have generously organized a wonderful get-together so we can all meet and get to know each other. I would *love* to meet you and your family in person and I really hope you can make it. The gathering will be next Tuesday, August 22, from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM at the home of Safirah Rachel Wieder in the Ramat Eskol neighborhood of Jerusalem. Here is the program of this fun & informal event:
11:00 - 12:00 Trager/stress-reduction workshop for moms / baking workshop for kids
12:00 - 12:30 A shmooze with the editor / arts & crafts for kids
12:30 - 1:15 Reflexology for moms / yoga for kids
1:15 - 2:00 Buffet lunch
Suggested donation for lunch: 15 NIS per mom and 5 NIS per child
Come for part of the time or stay for it all. I am looking forward to seeing you and meeting your families!!
For the address & directions and to RSVP, and if you have any questions, please call Safirah Rachel at 02-532-4341. If possible, please respond by Friday, August 18, so she will know how many people to prepare for. Thank you and hope to see you there!
P.S. The new issue is AT THE PRINTER!
Natural Jewish Parenting
If anyone is interested.
Oh, and I failed my first driving test. One violation ONLY, but it was a major violation (I thought a whole street was one way, when it was only HALF the street was one way, so I turned into the street in the wrong lane! ARG!!!)
I need to take this again. Love my driving teacher, who was like "you are an excellent diver, you don't need lessons! It could have happened to anybody, get right back in there and retest." So, I guess I"m just asking for maybe some tehilim reading or blessings for the next test (which should be on the 16th B"H) *sigh* Wish I had passed that one!