Glasman brothers give back to RCH
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Rabbi Glasman scores position at RCH

Glasman brothers give back to RCH

"My interest in this role was inspired by my younger brother Asher's story."

Asher Glasman (left) with his brother, Rabbi Yaakov Glasman, at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. Photo: Peter Haskin
Asher Glasman (left) with his brother, Rabbi Yaakov Glasman, at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. Photo: Peter Haskin

ST KILDA shule’s Rabbi Yaakov Glasman has been appointed to the Human Resources Ethics Committee (HREC) at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), helping to support research into the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

Currently studying ethics as part of his Master’s degree at Monash University, Rabbi Glasman is thrilled to be able to put his learning into practice – especially at the RCH.

“My interest in this role was inspired by my younger brother Asher’s story,” said Rabbi Glasman.

Asher Glasman was diagnosed with a chronic illness at the age of seven and spent much of his childhood in and out of hospital. In a recent Facebook post to help raise awareness for chronic illness, Asher wrote that he’d lost count of how many times he has been to hospital.

While the debilitating illness carried on into his teenage and adult years, Asher drew from his experiences the desire to help others in difficult positions.

After many years as a child attending the RCH, Asher is now thrilled to be able to give back to the hospital in his recently acquired role as facilitator of CHIPS (Chronic Illness Peer Support) where he supports children suffering from chronic illness.

With years of experience in human services, Asher is pleased to be helping children with chronic illnesses build connections and life skills through camps, social events and leadership training sessions through the program.

And better yet – his brother is along for the ride.

Rabbi Glasman said, “My involvement is a way of giving back to the Royal Children’s Hospital for the kindness it showed my brother and family over the years he spent there.”

He added that he has always wanted to give back to the hospital in a meaningful way.

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