Israel Story: Love Syndrome

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Israel Story is one of the most popular national radio shows in Israel. Many call it the Israeli version of This American Life. In this Mother's Day special, they bring the hour-long story of Chaya Ben Baruch. 


  • Saturday, May 9 at 6am on 93.9FM and NJPR
  • Saturday, May 9 at 2pm on AM 820
  • Saturday, May 9 at 9pm on NJPR
  • Sunday, May 10 at 8pm on AM 820


Chaya Ben Baruch grew up as Enid, in a Conservadox family in Far Rockaway, N.Y. Midway through college, she left that world behind to study sea otters in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Fast-forward a decade: Enid is now married to a nice Catholic salmon fisher named Stan. She’s just given birth to her sixth child, and discovers he has Down syndrome. Many parents in her position would be devastated. Some might place their baby in an institution, or put him up for adoption. For Enid, the birth of Angkor started her and her family on an incredible journey—to Tzfat, Israel, and from there to court rooms, hospitals, ultra-Orthodox yeshivas, and wedding halls, all so she could do right by her child and the other special-needs children she picked up along the way.