Emunah has named Dr. Ruth Kannai as its Woman of the Year. A second-generation Holocaust survivor who was born with a complicated genetic disease which caused her many orthopedic difficulties, but which she did not allow to impede her career ambitions or to get in the way of her doing civilian national service in the Golan Heights, she proved that willpower can conquer almost all.

She is a family medicine specialist who has worked for more than 20 years at the Clalit Srigim rural clinic located in the Eila Valley. The clinic is responsible for nine villages in the area, and Kannai takes care of the medical needs of the residents from birth to death. This includes childcare services, pregnancy, follow-ups and mental health, and she often visits patients at home. 

She works in close collaboration with social workers and mental health services, and develops strong relationships with her patients, thus enabling her to form a clear picture of the family and to prescribe preventive medicine when necessary. She is also an expert in medical ethics.

Born in Bnei Brak in 1965 and currently living in Beit Shemesh, Kannai studied in Israel and the United States and has also taught and mentored in Israel, the US and Europe. She teaches at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She received her medical degree from the Sackler School of Medicine of Tel Aviv University and interned at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

Notwithstanding a busy career, she is a devoted wife and mother to her four children. She was one of a long list of outstanding women nominated for Emunah’s Woman of the Year award, but the adjudicating committee considered her to be a model of excellence and the most worthy of the title, particularly because she exemplifies the highest values of religious Zionism.(Taken from the Jersualem Post, March 7th http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Grapevine-Moving-on-544385)

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