Tidewater Jewish Community Genetic Screening

by | Nov 8, 2013 | What’s Happening

Sunday, Dec. 15, 10 am–3 pm

How well do you know your family tree? Did you know that one in four Jews is a carrier for at least one of 19 preventable Jewish genetic diseases? If both members of a couple are carriers for the same genetic disease, there is a 25% chance with each pregnancy of having an affected child.

Jewish Family Service of Tidewater, in partnership with Eastern Virginia Medical School and the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Maimonedes Society and Young Adult Division, is coordinating a free screening at the Simon Family JCC.

The screening is being held in coordination with the annual American Red Cross Blood Drive in memory of Sharon Elstein. The screening, a simple blood test, is free of charge thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor. However, for those with health insurance, the insurance will be billed (no co-payments or deductible). Look for more information in upcoming issues of the Jewish News.

To register, visit www.jewishva.org/geneticscreening. For more information on the screening, call JFS at 321-2222. For more information on these conditions and screenings, visit www.victorcenter.org.