Jewish Genetic Testing Event

Jewish Genetic Testing Event

Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020

Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: Uptown Jewish Community Center

Guest Speakers: Debbie Wasserman, MS and Dr. Paul du Treil, OB/GYN.

The Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Disease, Touro Infirmary, Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans, Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, Jewish Endowment Foundation and the Jewish Community Center are sponsoring this educational screening event, other program partners include Gates of Prayer, Touro Synagogue, Shir Chadash, Moishe House, Chabad, Hadassah, Temple Sinai, JNOLA and NCJW.

Genetic Testing typically costs thousands of dollars and is often not covered by insurance companies. The Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases is a thought leader in the prevention of genetic diseases. Science-based and mission driven, the Victor Center leverages advances in genetic technology to identify carriers for severe and often fatal childhood diseases more prevalent in the Jewish community. The goal of the Victor Center outreach and education is to promote genetic screening and counseling as a standard practice among healthcare providers and the communities served. In addition to our panel of speakers, we will have onsite testing which consists of a mouth swab.  Those interested will have access to a genetic counselor post results. The testing panel currently screens 225 diseases, including Ashkenazi, Sephardic and Mizrachi disorders as well as a huge number of pan ethnic disorders.  Certain individuals may be at risk of Jewish genetic diseases depending on their ancestry. If you are considering starting a family, we encourage you to come find out more! For additional information:

The first 18 to register will pay a reduced cost of $20. Out of pocket fee with health insurance is up to $249 for an individual and $349 for a couple.

If you’d like to prepay or give the gift of genetic testing, please call the JFS office.

Register by completing the form below.

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