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The Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases is partnering with the Jewish Genetic Disease Consortium (JGDC) at the Union for Reform Judaism biennial meeting scheduled for December 11-15, 2013 at the San Diego Convention Center. Adele Schneider, MD, Medical Director of the Victor Center, and Director, Clinical Genetics, at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, will participate in a session titled: Jewish Genetic Diseases: Genetic Screening Before Starting or Expanding Our Families. The session will be held Friday, December 13 from 2:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. JGDC members, Rabbi Peter Kasdan, Randy Yudenfriend Glaser and Shari Ungerleider, will also be presenting at this session. The Victor Center, founded in 2002, offers education, genetic counseling and screenings for Jewish genetic diseases. On a national level, Victor Center staff members work with healthcare professionals, clergy and the community to create awareness that 1 in 4 Ashkenazi Jews is a carrier of at least one of 19 genetic diseases with a high carrier rate in Ashkenazi Jews. A simple blood test is all that is needed to learn if you are a carrier. The Victor Center was one of the founding organizations of the JGDC. The JGDC, founded in 2005, offers outreach and educational programs throughout the country, including “The JGDC in Your Community” developed in order to raise awareness during Medical Grand Rounds Programs, as well as Rabbinical Learning Programs and a Community Program. The Victor Center and JGDC collaboration means that many more communities will benefit from the JGDC education programs and the clinical expertise of the Victor Center affiliates. Dr. Adele Schneider and staff from JGDC will be working together at their booths in the exhibit hall offering educational materials and information to attendees. In addition, Dr. Schneider will host “The Doctor Is In” sessions at the Victor Center information booth, providing professional information and answering questions about the 19 Jewish genetic diseases.