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Irving Spitz was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.  He holds MD, PhD and DSc degrees from the Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London.  He came to live in Israel in 1970, trained in Endocrinology at Hadassah University Hospital and then directed the Institute of Hormone Research at Shaare Zedek Medical Center.  He was at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD in 1980 and at the Population Council, Rockefeller University, New York from 1983-1995.  He is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York and Emeritus Professor of Endocrinology at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. 

A member of several scientific societies, he has authored some 250 scientific publications, lectured extensively throughout the world and consults for several international pharmaceutical companies. 

His eclectic range of interests includes music, art, history, travel, photography, archeol­ogy and cartography of the Holyland.  He often lectures on these topics and is the Music Editor of Education Update, a New York based publication.  He frequently contributes articles on music, art and travel to The Jerusalem Post.  Some of his essays and reviews can be seen at  He blogs at and his photographs can be seen at  Irving and his wife Diane live in Jerusalem and have two married daughters and five grandchildren.

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra’s musical director Kirill Petrenko (Photo: Chris Christodoulou)

Berlin Philharmonic has Jewish director ... and th...
The castle of Paphos

Church of Saint Lazarus, Larnaca

Representations of the Magen David and a mirror image of the swastika

Story and photos by Irving Spitz Mention Cyprus and most peo...
Yuja Wang ... an incandescent performance Photo: Susanne Diesner

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, our prime cultural ambass...
Yuja Wang ... an incandescent performance Photo: Susanne Diesner

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, our prime cultural ambass...
In concert . . . the Carmel Quartet. Photos: Stanley Waterman

The Carmel Quartet with cellist Hillel Zori

A major problem for classical music is the diminishing inter...
Intermezzo concert . . . pianist Daniil Trifonov. Photo: Dario Acosta

Conductor Kent Nagano. Photo: Felix Broede

 Pianist Daniil Trifonov and the Israel Philharmonic Or...
Cruise ship the Aegean Odyssey

The marchers take to the streets of Rome

Marco Polo is said to have been born here in Korula

A view of Korula with a Venetian tower in the city walls

A narrow street in the ancient city of Syracuse

The Cloisters at Monreale Cathedral in Sicily

OUR cruise from Italy to Croatia's Dalmatian coast began in ...