Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
I hope everyone enjoyed the long Labor Day weekend. My family and I certainly did. It began with a wonderful Erev Shabbat dinner at the home of Rabbi Dr. Shmuly and Shoshana Yanklowitz. Such a warm and inviting Jewish home they have made! Saturday night was spent at a Bat Mitzvah and I was awed by the flawless teachings and storytelling of Rabbi Allouche, followed by a fabulous reception at Harley Davidson. What a great venue! Sunday was spent eating barbeque (what else?) at a wonderful friend’s home. I did some barbequing during the weekend as well.
I knew that Tuesday would be crazy busy and it surely was. I had a great lunch meeting with a terrific and passionate Business & Professionals Group volunteer. In telling our stories to each other, somehow it came up that when Jewish people get married, there is the Tay-Sachs disease test that seems to be a standard part of the ritual. That reminded me of the great work that my colleague, Wendy Carriere, and her organization, the Jewish Genetic Diseases Center of Greater Phoenix, has been doing to diligently provide highly subsidized genetic screenings for Jewish couples since its founding in 2004. Their next screening is this Sunday, Sept. 10, 10am-2pm at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus. Young Jews ages 18-45 may receive a free or highly subsidized testing kit and the opportunity to speak with a genetic counselor before taking a kit home. Please let your friends and family know about this important event.
This week’s Torah portion is Ki Tavo (when you enter) in the final book of the Torah, Deuteronomy. In it, Moses tells the people “that only today, 40 years after their birth as a people, have they attained a heart to know, eyes to see and ears to hear.” It is important for our community members to know their options, to use their hearts, eyes and ears so they can make informed decisions regarding genetic diseases. In doing so, they help us achieve the JGDC’s vision of a Jewish community free from genetic diseases. Please register today!