”Hadassah: The Power to Heal the World. Together” Presents
GENEALOGY & GENETICS
Join us virtually for our 2021 kick-off program which brings to life the recent Hadassah Magazine cover story. We’re delighted to have experienced, local people speak to both the Genealogy and the Genetics piece.
Carol Oseran Starin, Seattle native, taught in religious and public schools on two coasts. She was a Supervisor of student teachers at the University of Washington and Director of the Jewish Education Council at the Jewish Federation. Her weekly columns, “Let Me Count the Ways: Practical Innovations for Jewish Teachers”, were published in two volumes.
“From Pandemic to Pandemic: Finding our stories”
Remembering is a way of healing: Jews remember by telling stories. Carol will outline 24 resources and strategies for finding our family stories.
Jessica Mandell, MS, LCGC, is a certified genetic counselor with over 20 years of experience coordinating research on inherited cancer, schizophrenia, deafness and autism for Dr. Mary-Claire King at the University of Washington. When Dr. King discovered the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes in the mid-1990s, Jessica co-directed the New York Breast Cancer Study, the preeminent research on the impact of the BRCA genes in the Ashkenazi Jewish population. Jessica is an expert in interpreting genetic testing technologies and genetic variants on disease predisposition. and She has worked with thousands of families to navigate clinical and research genetic testing helping to interpret test results, balance medical and emotional decision-making for disease screening and prevention and share information with relatives about familial inheritance.
“Genetic Genealogy: Your Ancestry and Your Health”
Ancestry testing based on our DNA can tell us more than where we come from. It also can give clues to certain traits we have and suggest risks for certain health conditions. But is testing right for you and are the results accurate? Explore how these tests really read our DNA, how to assess the pros and cons of different testing companies, how to interpret the meaning of various personal and genetic test results and how to clarify your goals for testing so you can choose a test that fits your needs.