Program for Jewish Genetic Health and YU Connects Present November 6 Discussion on Issues Related to Family Health and Genetics
UPDATE: Due, to the Hurricane, this event has been postponed.
The Program for Jewish Genetic Health, a joint initiative between Yeshiva University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and YUConnects, the social and matchmaking organization of the Center for the Jewish Future, will present “To Tell or Not to Tell: Issues Related to Family Health and Genetics,” at Congregation Keter Torah in Teaneck, NJ on Tuesday, November 6 at 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by Congregation Keter Torah, Congregation Beth Abraham and the Rabbinical Council of Bergen County.
“To Tell or Not to Tell” is designed to provide an overview and discussion of the issues involving the disclosure of genetic and family health information during the dating, engagement and marital stages. This symposium will feature a panel of experts, including YU Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Yaakov Neuburger, rabbi of Congregation Beth Abraham; Mindy Eisenman, YUConnects staff connector; and Dr. Naomi Greenblatt, a Teaneck-based psychiatrist specializing in women’s mental health.
Chani Wiesman, MS, CGC, a genetic counselor with the Program for Jewish Genetic Health, will serve as moderator and introduce a host of scenarios that the panel will discuss, such as hereditary cancers and mental illness. A question-and-answer session will follow.
“While the Jewish community has traditionally viewed medical and genetic issues as a ‘taint’ or ‘stigma’ to be covered up, sharing this knowledge can actually allow families and couples to take proactive steps towards early treatments and prevention of disease when possible,” said Wiesman. “We have a responsibility as a community to figure out the best way to handle and share this type of information in an open and straightforward way.”