Jewish genetic diseases to be discussed in St. Louis Park
The Minneapolis Jewish Federation Women’s Philanthropy will host “Designer Genes,” an educational and informative event on the topic of genetic diseases, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Sabes Jewish Community Center, 4330 Cedar Lake Road S., St. Louis Park.
Dr. Jodi Hoffman and Rabbi Lawrence Sernovitz will each address Jewish genetic disorders and the importance of getting screened.
Hoffman is interim-chief and assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Genetics at Tufts Medical Center and the director of the Victor Outreach and Screening Program for Ashkenazi Jewish Genetic Diseases in Boston.
She received her medical degree at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. Dr. Hoffman then completed a Pediatric residency at Yale Children’s Hospital in New Haven. Hoffman has spoken at more than 100 venues about Jewish genetic diseases and has facilitated screening drives for 11 college campuses and communities.
Sernovitz is the associate rabbi of Old York Road Temple Beth Am and president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Familial Dysautonomia Foundation. He will speak about his personal encounter with hereditary Jewish genetic diseases.
One in five Ashkenazi Jews, mostly from Eastern Europe, is a carrier for a genetic disease, according to The Minneapolis Jewish Federation
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