Jewish Genetics and Cancer Risks Panel

Getting to know your Jewish Genetics and Cancer Risks
Sunday, May 15, 2022
4 pm FREE
Tulane Hillel or via Zoom

Part 1 of the Knowledge is Power series
Do you (or someone you love) have a family history or want to learn more about screening for breast and/or ovarian cancer?

The National Council of Jewish Women – Greater New Orleans Section will host a community-wide multi-disciplinary question-and-answer panel on these topics and more on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 4pm at Tulane Hillel. It will be in partnership with Sharsheret, and cosponsored by our local Jewish Federation, Jewish Family Service, Hadassah, Tulane Hillel and JCC. Sharsheret educates and advocates for Jewish individuals and their families who have been touched by breast and ovarian cancers. According to Sharsheret, did you know that Ashkenazi Jews are at a higher risk for both cancers as well as 10x more likely than the average American to possess a genetic mutation that predisposes them to these cancers?

CLICK HERE to Register to Attend the Program in Person at Tulane Hillel


Expert speakers will inform us and provide resources relevant to us in the Greater New Orleans area. Our panel will include a local breast surgical oncologist, a local gynecologic oncologist, a genetic counselor and a moderator from Sharsheret.

We will introduce various tools to people so they know how to access their family pedigree chart, basic information about mammograms and pap smears as well as other regular screenings for both women and men – no matter what age, life stage or gender. We want participants involved to feel comfortable asking questions they may not otherwise consider until they are personally impacted with cancer or a genetic mutation.

We are planning for this to be a hybrid event – in-person as well as live streamed on Zoom. For those who attend in person, a social hour will follow the panel. Current COVID-19 guidelines will ultimately dictate how we gather. Those planning to attend in-person must show proof of vaccination and wear a mask.

We are excited to bring NCJW and the New Orleans community the 1st program in our Knowledge is Power series, a series focused on cancer, mental health and genetics.

Nancy Pesses & Lilli Geltman
Knowledge is Power series co-chairs