Genes and Jews Feb 20 2019
For all Jews, genetic disease screening is incredibly important. Ashkenazi, Mizrahi and Sephardi communities are at increased risk for different genetic diseases that occur more frequently than in the general population. Early education, awareness and genetic testing are key steps in both planning healthy families and preventing adult-onset diseases such as cancer.
To make the process of getting tested as easy as possible, we will be hosting a genetic screening and educational event for the young adult Jewish community with community member and UCSF genetic counselor, Dena Goldberg, MS, LCGC (www.denadna.com), and JScreen (https://jscreen.org/), a not-for-profit education and carrier screening program.
Thanks to generous donors, JScreen offers this otherwise expensive genetic test for $149, but will be offering a FREE TEST to the first 50 people to register for this event on the Emanu-El Genes & Jews event website. (Check back soon for the link to register!) The JScreen test includes more than 200 genetic diseases commonly found in Jewish communities.
Although we will not be screening for hereditary cancers at the event, information on testing for BRCA mutations and other hereditary cancer genes will be provided.