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Allergy-Free Simanim Platters

Simanim Platters
About 11,000 students come from abroad to Israel each year to study in the Hold Land. Setting aside a year of their lives before commencing their higher-education, they come to spend time soaking in the culture and spiritual elements that only a country like Israel has to offer. After spending the first few weeks on a high, enjoying the new and exciting, the upcoming Chuggim is a highly emotionally charged time. Not only is it an uplifting time in the Jewish calendar, but it will also be the first Chug the students will spend away from home. Students with food allergies...
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Food Allergy Bullying- Prevention, Detection and Reaction

food allergy bullying
What is food allergy bullying? No child deserves to be bullied. Ever. However, you may be surprised to read this, but at the core- bullying is the same in every situation. The bully has a need to exercise power over the victim. The victim being bullied cannot easily defend themselves resulting in them feeling powerless, isolated and unsafe. There is an unequal balance of power and the bullying continues so this unfair balance of power continues. “Studies have shown that there was no differentiation between both the food the victims were allergic to and the severity of the allergy.” Food allergy...
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Part 2: They're off to college-now what? - Food Allergies in the Dorm

What now?!?!?! Read PART 1 here If you’re thinking- look that is all well and nice but what should I do now- my child is leaving soon to college and I’m stuck! The first step to do is to sit down together with your child and construct a plan on how they are going to organise their eating arrangements while in college. In order to achieve this effectively, you will need to know certain information including; what eating arrangements does their college campus offer, is there’s a cafeteria or eating hall? Is it going to be safe for your child to...
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Part 1: They're off to college-now what? - Food Allergies in the Dorm

College is about to start and many parents are turning to online groups for advice on how to mauver this next major milestone in their child’s life. Interestingly the most pressing issues parents seem to be grappling with is food preparation- how to navigate and organise a years’ worth of meals for their child miles away from where they live, with limited cooking facilities and workspace. Food Allergy Concierge spoke to Judy Bar Eitan MSc on what steps parents should take to prepare their child for college and tips on how they should approach this change in general. Our job as...
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Throw away the cape- don’t be Supermom- just be human

Coping after an anaphylaxtic
This article was written based on professional guidance of Judy Bar Eitan, MSc who has been treating children and families in a clinical and therapeutic setting for over a decade. Additionally, for the past 31/2 years, through her role in EMA Care, she has worked directly with families who are experiencing challenges with Anaphylaxis. Read more about her here .  Mothers are notoriously hard on themselves- the ‘Supermom’ phenomenon which was coined in the 1980s following the movement of women entering the workforce, only served to add to the pressure already placed on their shoulders. This is even more prevalent amongst...
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Camping with Allergies

Vacation season is upon us and we all want nothing more than experience a well-deserved break, take some time off work, regular routine and spend some quality time with our families. And although we would all love to splurge and spend lots of money on a luxury vacation- that is not always realistic.  Along with the new year that is fast approaching, often draws new expenses- maybe another child is entering the school system, a child is starting college, university, or perhaps a career change which could weigh on the shoe strings somewhat- which is why many families choose to go...
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Allergies by the beach

I don’t know about you - but after spending months working @ the office, I am just itching to head out to the beach. As someone who grew up on a beach town, I know everything about safety by the water including Slip, Slop Slap, only swimming between the flags and watching your fluid intake. So I’m all covered- right? WRONG? What other hidden dangers could be lurking around a simple trip to the beach? Everyone with food allergies knows that you have to think about your meal arrangements prior to going on a day trip. If there doesn’t seem to...
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Personalised Food Allergy Cards

Does the sentence, “Summer vacation has arrived!!!” make you jump up with joy- or break out in hives?!?!? It doesn’t have to be the latter. Everyone deserves a break from life- that’s what vacation time is all about- and what better way to rejuvenate yourself than to go out and explore the big beautiful world we have. Anywhere your heart takes you- your feet should follow- with the proper precautions, of course- there is no reason to stay at home behind closed doors. We all know the statistics- 50% of reactions due to allergies happen out of the home- but statistics...
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Allergy Education within the School system- an interview with Bracha Zanbar

Allergy School Education
This week here at Food Allergy Concierge we took some time off to have a conversation with Bracha Zanbar; an allergy specialist, to discuss some issues regarding Allergy Education within the school system, a pressing topic which is currently holding the global centre stage within the Allergy Awareness movement. What followed was an enlightening and educational discussion that scraped the surface of a current but vital matter.     Below are the questions that were presented to Bracha Zanbar- listen to the conversation to hear her answers. Follow up questions or comments are welcome either through our Facebook page or emailing...
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Life after Karanbir Singh Cheema

It was 11:30, June 28 th 2017 when everything changed for Karanbir Singh Cheema. He was 13 years old. Only 13 when 2 fellow classmates were involved in flicking a piece of cheese at him triggering his dairy allergy causing an anaphylactic reaction so severe he, unfortunately, passed away 10 days later at Great Ormond Street hospital. He was a child described by his family as being so bright, “he could have been anything he wanted.” And he wasn’t a child who negligent with his health either, someone who didn’t take precautions to protect himself from an allergic reaction, rather he...
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Happy Fathers Day

Here is a letter in honour of fathers day for all fathers who have children with allergies. Let's celebrate this day together with those who deserve it and play such an important role in all our children's lives. To the most amazing father and my darling husband, From our hearts to yours-Happy father’s day! Today is a day dedicated solely to you and the unbelievably important and irreplaceable role you have in our family’s world. First I want to say THANK-YOU. Thank you so much-You are appreciated. You have made us into a team. Turning the situation life has given us...
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Developing food allergies later in life

Living a life with allergies has its challenges- depending on the severity of the sensitivity, it can seem like your whole world revolves around it. And indeed although some anaphylactic allergies, such as bee stings, may be easier to control or prevent; those that have either food or environmental allergies may find themselves being on guard against an allergic episode becoming a matter of survival. The big question is how and why do they suddenly happen- what makes some people become allergic to things that others have no issues with? Unfortunately, scientists have limited knowledge in this area, they do know...
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Samantha’s Journey

Welcome to Samantha’s Journey. Here you will find weekly updates of a client’s journey from inception to completion. (All information is authentic however names and other identifying details have been changed to protect privacy) Week 4:   Week 3: Within a week the client replied that they had reviewed the suggested concierge package and approved the recommended services. Food Allergy Concierge are primarily doing remote management services which entails calling the vendors to discuss Samantha’s food allergies and her food preferences prior to her arrival and facilitate smooth and safe integration.  Other services FAC are providing are:        A personal concierge...
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Barbecues and Food Allergies

As we head into Memorial Day and summer, barbecues replace traditional home cooked meals — and present a challenge for those of us with food allergies. Buffet style service, lots of foods being cooked on one grill and the abundance of sauces are all possible dangers. If you’re invited to a barbecue, here are the steps you can take to stay safe. Discuss Your Food Allergies with Your Host Let your host know about your food allergies. Ask them to clean their grill thoroughly before beginning to cook and to provide you with aluminum foil, so you can wrap up your...
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Can Early Exposure Prevent Peanut Allergies?

Conventional wisdom has long held that if a child is at risk for peanut allergies, it’s best to delay exposure as long as possible. But in recent years, research has shown that early exposure is key to preventing allergies to peanuts. In 2017, guidelines in the United States and the UK stated that it’s best to introduce allergens like peanuts around the time that children begin to eat solid food, usually between 4 and 6 months. Children who are at risk for allergies should undergo a blood or prick test before introducing peanuts. An Israeli Snack Called Bamba The revolution in...
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Allergy Bracelets Can Save Lives

Have you seen allergy bracelets for sale and wondered whether they were really necessary? For people with slight allergies which are just an annoyance, allergy bracelets are not a necessity, but for those who can go into anaphylactic shock from exposure to an allergen, an allergy bracelet can be life-saving. Young Children Can’t Advocate for Themselves Allergy bracelets are especially helpful for children who are too young to tell others what they can and can’t eat. Even verbal kids may not know to ask about ingredients in a food they don’t recognize or to realize that the pizza Mom serves them...
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5 Ways to Choose a Destination for an Allergy-Free Vacation

When you’re traveling with family members who have food allergies, a successful allergy-free vacation is dependent on many factors, including the destination you choose. Obviously, many considerations go into choosing a vacation destination, such as budget and interests, but you will also want to choose a location where it’s easier to stay allergy-safe. Start with these questions: What language do they speak? Wherever you are served food, you need to be able to communicate effectively about your family’s food allergies and explain about cross-contact, if relevant. It’s easiest if you are in a country where the native language is the same...
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Can My Allergic Son Attend Summer Camp?

Dear Food Allergy Concierge, One of the parenting questions which has been bothering me for some time is, can my allergic son attend summer camp? My son is allergic dairy, gluten and tree nuts, including cross-contact. My friends’ children all attend day camp and some of the older ones are even going to sleepaway camp, but I am anxious just thinking about it. School is difficult enough! What’s your advice? Emily Dear Emily, Our best advice is to trust your instincts. Just as you know when you go to a restaurant or hotel whether the staff really understands food allergies and...
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What Hotels Need to Know about Serving Customers with Food Allergies

Serving customers with food allergies is more than just ensuring that food is allergy-safe. That’s the most important thing, of course, and we recently posted about how to explain food allergies to hotel kitchen staff. But guests don’t just want to be safe, they want to feel safe. We asked our Facebook community what makes them feel confident and cared for, and here are some of the answers: I like to hear from either the chef or kitchen manager that there a a few specific people who "take over" when there are food allergy concerns. Hotels often have frequent turnover of...
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Stock Up on Gluten-Free Products This Week in the Passover Aisle

If your family’s allergies require that you use gluten-free products, you’ll be glad to know that there are many gluten-free grocery items available in supermarkets in the weeks leading up to Passover. Passover is a Jewish holiday during which observant Jews refrain from eating leavened food made from wheat, barley, oats, rye or spelt. Kosher for Passover food can contain these grains as long as they have not been allowed to rise. The main Passover food, matzah, is made from flour and water and is obviously not gluten-free. But in order to simplify food production, many companies are now producing gluten-free...
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What Our Clients Say

Meticulous in their preparations

During our recent visit to Israel, we really struggled to find food for our son who has anaphylactic level allergies to egg and sesame. We approached both restaurants and hotels and were told they were unable or unwilling to take responsibility for preparing his food.

 After learning about Dr. Eliana on-line, we contacted her in the hopes that she could provide a ‘normal’ restaurant experience for our family.

 Both she and Shani were meticulous in their preparations with the restaurants to ensure that our son had a wonderful and safe experience.

 We truly appreciate their efforts to take care of our son, and to provide us with a lovely vacation experience.

T.M., Chicago, USA

Comfortable, calm, and at ease

We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the amazing gift you have given us over this Pesach- the gift of having you with us!!!!

We have NEVER felt more comfortable, calm, and at ease than we did these past 10 days. Your warmth, professionalism, kindness, and care shown through in all that you did.

My children are so grateful that they were able to be with you this Pesach. You made sure that they were so well looked after and they felt so at ease and comfortable with you! You were so amazing and approachable to them! And they LOVED all the food you so amazingly prepared (supervised allergy-free food preparation, managed menus) for them!

It’s very difficult for us to trust people when it comes to our kids and allergies. You magically were able to take away ALL of our anxieties, and nervousness (and we don’t give that away so easily!!)

We can never fully thank you enough. We truly feel that you instantly became part of our family and we look forward to G-d willing being able to be with you and plan amazing trips with you many many many more times!!!! 

CO, Canada
April 2016

Very Helpful

Thank you and may Hashem bless you for the work you do. My son Jacob said your allergy card has been very helpful. I am so grateful- beyond words.

Yasher Koach!
L.R., NY, NY

Delicious and Safe

Thank you for delivering our allergy free baked goods to our hotel.  We just tasted the focaccia and it was delicious!

All the best,

S.C., New Jersey

Thank You

We can't thank you enough for assembling this top-notch team of specialists to work with our daughter while she is in Israel.

T.G., Philadelphia, PA

The Allergy Card was Extremely Helpful

"Food Allergy Concierge assisted us with a very helpful, detailed customized allergy card in Hebrew.  The Allergy card was extremely helpful for multiple allergies and allowed us to eat safely in several eateries and hotels. Highly recommended.”

G.A. Illinois USA

Our Latest Blogs

11 September 2019
About 11,000 students come from abroad to Israel each year to study in the Hold Land. Setting aside a year of their lives before commencing their higher-education, they come to spend time soaking in the culture and spiritual elements that only a coun...
04 September 2019
What is food allergy bullying?No child deserves to be bullied. Ever. However, you may be surprised to read this, but at the core- bullying is the same in every situation. The bully has a need to exercise power over the victim. The victim being bullie...
29 August 2019
What now?!?!?!Read PART 1 hereIf you’re thinking- look that is all well and nice but what should I do now- my child is leaving soon to college and I’m stuck!The first step to do is to sit down together with your child and construct a plan on how they...