Educational program to explore Jewish genetic disorders

It is well documented that Ashkenazi Jews have a significantly higher incidence for many genetic disorders.  Each of these disorders can be devastating not only to those affected, but also to the families involved. The most common Jewish genetic disorder is Gaucher.  Approximately one in 850 Ashkenazi Jews may have Gaucher, and the carrier rate is approximately one in fifteen.  Gaucher disease is two and a half times more common than Tay-Sachs.

Hadassah and the Maimonides Society of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio invite the community to an educational program and complementary dinner titled, Our Heritage and Our Health – Facts about Genetic Conditions among the Ashkenazim.  The program is a biology lesson, a history lesson on the founder effect, and a genetic primer presented by Gary S Frohlich, MS, CGC, Principle Patient Education Liaison of Sanofi Genzyme.

The event takes place on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the Holzman Auditorium at the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Campus of the Jewish Community. Please RSVP by October 23 by calling (210) 302-6968 or emailing jewishfederation@jfsatx.org.