Program for Jewish Genetic Health Educational Weekend in Pittsburgh Commemorates YU Alumnus

The Program for Jewish Genetic Health (PJGH), a joint initiative of Yeshiva University and its Albert Einstein College of Medicine, visited Pittsburgh earlier this month to deliver a weekend full of educational programming surrounding Jewish genetic health issues, in commemoration of the 10th yahrzeit [anniversary of death] of YU alumnus “Mikey” Butler ’02YC. Butler was afflicted with cystic fibrosis (CF), a Jewish genetic disease, and fought it valiantly and bravely until his untimely passing in 2004 at the age of 24.


Mikey Butler z”l received his diploma from then-President Rabbi Norman Lamm during a surprise ceremony at Pittsburgh International Airport.

The Mikey Butler Yahrzeit Weekend was the brainchild of his mother, Nina (Novetsky) Butler’78S, who sought a way to honor Mikey’s memory while delivering community outreach to the Pittsburgh Jewish community. After learning about the PJGH bringing a weekend of educational programming on Jewish genetic issues to Memphis a year earlier, she worked with PJGH personnel to develop a series of talks for a host of different audiences, including students, parents, young professionals and medical professionals. The events drew approximately 700 Pittsburghers over the weekend. Read the rest of this entry…

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