Post 23: Lymphedema Workshop for Breast Cancer Survivors, Monday, October 20th, 19:00 Activity at Hadadi–the Center for the Breast Cancer Survivor 10 Levi St., Baka: Perfect for Sukot Pumpkin/butternut squash chicken soup

This post is about nurturing, to warm us from the outside in:

Caregivers can forget to care for themselves and place their needs on the shelf. Only after the caregiver has taken care of his/her needs can the focus be on the ill relative. The caregiver has to be in tip-top shape.

For English please scroll down. Article is about a Lymphedema Management workshop offered by Hadadi in Baka. 

I am familiar with the organization as I availed myself of their Shiatzu treatment. They are also conducting now a program to train volunteer counselors to work with women in breast cancer treatment.

“מהי לימפדמה ומהן הדרכים למניעתה ולהפחית תסמיניה”

.הנכן מוזמנות להרצאה ותרגול לימפטי עם הגב’אסתר ברגמן

לימפדמה היא מצב של הצטברות נוזל לימפתי ברקמת העור עקב כשל בתפקוד המערכת הלימפתית וייתכן לאחר ניתוח בשד והוצאת בלוטות לימפה.

תכנית הערב:

20:00-19:00 – הרצאה – המערכת הלימפטית, מה קורה לה לאחר ניתוחהוצאת בלוטות לימפה, כיצד ניתן למנוע ולהפחית תסמינים של לימפדמה.

20:45-20:15 – תרגול של מסאז’ לימפטי, תרגילים אקטיביים לידיים והנחיותמעשיות למניעת לימפדמה ולהפחתת הנפיחות למי שיש לימפדמה.

אסתר ברגמן, B.P.T היא פיזיותרפיסטית מוסמכת ומומחית בטיפול לימפטי.

הפעילות מתקיימת בהדדי – המרכז למתמודדת עם סרטן שד

רח’ לוי 10,  בקעה

ביום שני, 20 באוקטובר, בשעה 19:00

מספר המקומות מוגבל ולכן נבקש לאשר השתתפות בטלפון או בדוא”ל:


.הדדי – המרכז למתמודדת עם סרטן שד

רח’ לוי 10, ירושלים

טל: 072-243-2333


להסרה מרשימת התפוצה, שלח/י דוא”ל לכתובת זו:

What is Lymphedema and how can it be prevented and ameliorated” 

You are invited to a lecture and lymphatic exercises with Ms. Esther Bergman

Lymphedema is a condition of localized fluid retention and tissue swelling caused by a compromised lymphatic system and sometimes appears after breast surgery with lymph node removal.


19:00-20:00 – Lecture – The lymphatic system, what happens to it after lymph node removal, how can we prevent lymphedema and reduce symptoms.

20:15-20:45 – Exercising lymphatic massage, active exercises for the arms and practical instructions for preventing and reducing the effects of lymphedema.

Esther Bergman, B.P.T is a trained and qualified lymphatic therapy specialist physiotherapist.

Activity is at Hadadi–the Center for the Breast Cancer Survivor

10 Levi St., Baka,

Monday, October 20th, 19:00

Limited space. Please RSVP by phone or e-mail:

Tel: 072-243-2333 

 Hadadi, The Center For The Breast Cancer Survivor

10 Levi St., Jerusalem, Israel

Tel:  972-72-243 2333

To donate:

Rachel Schitskovsky-Ivker

Executive Director

Hadadi, The Center For The Breast Cancer Survivor
10 Levi St.
Jerusalem 93628, Israel
972-72-243 2333

And a recipe to warm us from the inside out:

Holiday Pumpkin/Butternut Squash Pareve Soup


  • 1 small pumpkin (or 1 can of pumpkin puree)
  • 1 medium butternut squash (about 1 lb)
  • Butter or olive oil for brushing
  • Salt and  black pepper
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 1 celery stalk (chopped)
  • 2 carrots (chopped)
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 6 cups chicken broth/or your own pareve broth
Step 2: Prepare Squash
Picture of Prepare Squash
  • To roast pumpkin and squash, preheat oven to 425 degrees Farenheit/ 220 degrees Centigrade.  Halve squash and remove seeds.  Wrap in foil and place on baking sheet.  Brush with melted or olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Bake for 40 minutes, or until tender enough for the flesh to be scooped out with a spoon.
  • Another option is to sauté the pumpkin and squash.  To do this, peel and cube, and then cook until soft with the other vegetables (see next step)
 Step 3: Sauté Vegetables
Picture of Sauté Vegetables
Heat butter or olive oil over medium-high heat.  Sauté onion, carrot, celery and garlic until tender (about 10 minutes).  If you did not roast the pumpkin/squash, add cubes at the same time as other vegetables.  If roasted, scoop the pumpkin/squash into a pot once vegetables are tender.  Add 5 cups of chicken stock/pareve broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and let simmer for 30 minutes.
 Step 4: FInish Soup
Picture of FInish Soup

Remove from heat and then puree soup in an immersion blender until smooth.For a chunkier soup, set aside some of the veggies to incorporate after the rest of the soup is pureed.   Add more chicken stock/pareve stock until the soup is almost the consistency you want. Season to taste. Or alternatively, process the mixture through the medium blade of a food mill. Return to the pot, and heat slowly. If the soup needs more flavor, add another teaspoon of salt. Serve hot with garnishes, if desired. Can be topped with sour cream for dairy meal.

Much thanks to Ina Garten. Read more at:

Suggested spices: curry or chili powder, Cinnamon or nutmeg gives it a more holiday taste.


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