• Program for Jewish Genetic Health

  • Education

     microphone seminar

    The Problem: 

    Like people of every ethnic background, individuals of Jewish descent are faced with specific genetic concerns. While medicine has come a long way in identifying disease-causing genetic mutations and testing for susceptibility for these diseases, the Jewish community has little knowledge about the importance and availability of these tests.  Many people know to get screened for Tay-Sachs disease and other recessive conditions that could affect offspring before they start having children, but few know that being Jewish can also affect their chances to develop hereditary breast and ovarian cancer and other adult-onset disorders.  The Jewish community is not at fault for this lack of knowledge, but we must address this problem so that individuals can take ownership of their genetic health.


    The Solution: 

    Our MyJewishGeneticHealth.com online educational series consists of "lessons," prepared by experts in various fields of science and medicine, about genetic diseases commonly found in the Jewish population.  MyJewishGeneticHealth.com capitalizes upon 21st century modes of effective and accessible learning by offering online webinars and complementary materials, available to the public at any time of day.  Each "lesson" is designed to provide an overview of the condition or technology in question, in addition to addressing the question, "What does it mean for me because I am Jewish?"  The end goal of MyJewishGeneticHealth.com is not only to boost awareness and education, but also to enable individuals to become active participants in ensuring their own health and well-being.

    We also raise awareness in the community by offering educational symposia to various sectors and denominations of the community.  Since its inception, the PJGH has hosted numerous lectures and panel discussions for lay community members and Rabbis.

    We also work closely with Yeshiva University’s Center for Jewish Future to educate the rabbinical and community leadership on genetic health issues, and offer suggestions on how to provide pastoral care and referrals to those who are facing genetic health issues. 

    If you are interested in bringing an educational event to your school, synagogue or community, please email us at jewishgenetics@yu.edu. 

    For a list of our upcoming educational events, please visit our Events page.



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