Jewish Genetic Diseases Subject of January 6, 2013 JGS Conejo Valley and Ventura County Meeting

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV) will hold a general meeting, co-sponsored with and located at Temple Adat Elohim, on Sunday, January 6, 2013 1:30-3:30 Temple Adat Elohim 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA

The Program:Jewish Genetic Disorders Across the Diaspora: Including Tay Sachs, Gaucher, BRCA1, BRCA 2 Mutations in the Ashkenazi Jewish Population and Genetic Screening for the Persian Jewish Community.Certified genetic counselors will be talking about various Jewish genetic disorders that affect different Jewish populations.  They will talk about
the importance of knowing our family health history-an integral part of genealogy-and the increased risks of inherited diseases of Ashkenazi
(Eastern European) Jews. Included in the discussion will be BRCA testing (breast and ovarian cancer) as well as Tay-Sachs, Gaucher and Familial Dysautonomia in the Ashkenazi Jewish community and a novel genetic screening panel for Persian Jewish community. Find out why some Jewish families would benefit from education, screening and testing for certain disorders.

Speakers: Catherine Quindipan, Certified Genetic Counselor, Study coordinator for the Persian Jewish Genetic Screening Program, Cedars Sinai Medical Center and Gary Frohlich, Certified Genetic Counselor for US Rare Diseases at Genzyme a Sanofi Company.

Our schmoozing corner starts 20 minutes before the program (1:10 p.m.) facilitated by Marion Werle, JGSCV board member.

We will have Categories A & B of our traveling library available beginning at 1:00 PM to shortly after the meeting. The list of books which are in the JGSCV library is located on our website under library-traveling.

There is no charge to attend the meeting and all are welcome to attend. Our 2013 membership dues campaign is well underway. Membership forms are available at the meeting, on the website and in our newsletter, Venturing Into Our Past. Annual dues are $25 for an individual and $30 for a family. Dues paid are good through December 2013.

Directions: Take 101 Freeway - exit Rancho Road in Thousand Oaks, go north (if coming from the west, cross Thousand Oaks Blvd ) to E. Hillcrest Drive turn right on E.Hillcrest go about 1.3 miles (just east of Conejo School Road ) Temple is on the right. There are approximately 75 parking spots within the complex. There is no parking on Hillcrest Drive . You may park in the complex or on any of the side streets.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County is dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy and family history.

For more information, please see the JGSCV website:

Jan Meisels Allen
President, JGSCV

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