Maimonides Society & Hadassah present program on Our Heritage & Our Health

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The Jewish Federation of San Antonio and the San Antonio chapter of Hadassah hosted Our Heritage & Our Health: Facts About Genetic Conditions Among the Ashkenazim on Sunday, November 10, 2019, with guest speaker Gary S. Frohlich, MS, CGC, Principle Patient Education Liaison, Sanofi Genzyme.


Mr. Frohlich gave an in-depth presentation about genetic diseases with an emphasis on Gaucher disease. Frohlich explained that while Gaucher disease can affect a person of any ethnic background, the disorder is especially common among Jews of Ashkenazi descent, affecting 1 in 15 persons causing many symptoms including an enlarged spleen, bleeding problems and low platelets.

“It is always interesting and important to know our roots and our heritage. To know many of those elements will allow us to make informed decisions about our health and wellbeing,” said Jill Jacobs, Senior Director of Development, Jewish Federation of San Antonio.

Guests were treated to a kosher-style dinner and had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with Frohlich and his colleagues after the presentation. The event was presented by Hadassah, The Maimonides Society of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio, and Sanofi Genzyme.

To learn more about the Maimonides Society, contact Jill Jacobs-Aguirre, Senior Director of Development, at (210) 302-6968 or