Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Most Important Test You'll Ever Take - Genetic Screening Lecture

I was asked by a friend to announce this very important event that will be taking place on the Wilf Campus at YU tonight (sorry for the small flyer picture, I wasn't given the actual image, so I stole this off of Facebook):

TONIGHT: March 2nd at 9 PM in room 307 of the Jacob and Dreizel Glueck Center for Jewish Study:

The Yeshiva University Student Medical Ethics Society and the Center for the Jewish Future present

Genetic Screening:

The Most Important Test You'll Ever Take

Learn about the importance of genetic testing, the different screening programs, and the halachic issues pertaining to genetic screening.


Rav Mordechai Willig

Rosh Yeshiva at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS)

Rosh Yeshiva at the Mazer School of Talmudic Studies

Rabbi of Young Israel of Riverdale


Rachel T. Klein, MS, CGC

ABGC Certified Genetic Counselor

Holy Name Hospital

Member: New York Presbyterian Healthcare System

Affiliate: Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons


Tuesday, March 2nd

9:00 PM

Glueck Center Room 307

Refreshments will be served!

Co-sponsored by SOY and YSU


  1. Good idea. Do they follow this up with a visit by Dor Yesharim?

  2. There will be open testing performed by NYU on campus next week, and a Dor Yeshorim trip to one of their testing locations is being organized as well (don't ask why it isn't going to be here, it's complicated).

  3. This sounds goooood.
    I'm asking ;).

    (p.s. I checked the NYU site. It doesn't seem to be affiliated w/ Dor Yeshorim. I was curious about schools that bring Dor Yeshorim into their facilities so the boys don't have to go to the less than attractive Dor Yeshorim locations...)

  4. They're not affiliated with DY at all - DY is "closed testing" wherein you don't know your genetic carrier status, whereas with NYU you get a full report that discloses all of your results. DY isn't a fan of open testing (hence the politics), so it's been difficult scheduling both organizations to run drives on campus.

    I have a post I've been working on that explains the difference between the two and why genetic screening is important. So hopefully that, along with the others that are in-progress will get posted soon.


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