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Sunday, March 6 • 12:00pm - 12:50pm
From Tay-Sachs to DNA Tax? Understanding the Historical Evolution of Jewish Genetic Screening in North America

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Beginning in ancient times, this presentation discusses how genetic screening developed into a widespread phenomenon in the North American Jewish community. With each advancement in the screening process itself, this presentation examines the Jewish community's reactions, distilling each discussion into a recurring set of core dilemmas. Ultimately, this presentation raises the question: is the current landscape of genetic testing beneficial for either individuals or the Jewish community at-large? The presentation then provides the listeners with the historical and contextual framework to decide the answer to this question for themselves.

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Naomi Rosenfeld

Naomi Rosenfeld was born in Toronto, Ontario and completed her undergraduate education at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON where she graduated first in her program and received the highest non-academic honour awarded by the university. Upon finishing her studies, Naomi became the Hillel Director of Atlantic Canada where she spearheaded innovative Jewish programming on university campuses spanning four different provinces and a landmass... Read More →

Sunday March 6, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm

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