Beth Shalom Health Initiative

“Maintaining a healthy body is among the ways of serving God”  Rambam

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We hope you will join us for 3 important health sessions here at Beth Shalom. All sessions are free, open to the public, and located in the Samuel and Minnie Hyman Ballroom. Click Here to download the brochure.

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Tuesday, February 5th at 7:30 p.m.

Genes, Jews, and Breast Cancer: What Every Jewish Woman (and Man) Should Know

One out of fifty Ashkenazi Jews carry a mutation in their DNA for the genes BRCA1 or BRCA2. This mutation may lead to an increased risk of breast, ovarian and other cancers. Why does this occur? How can it be detected? What can be done if the gene mutation is present? Following the presentation, a Q&A will be led by members of the High Risk Program of the Magee-Women’s Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

With Speakers: Adam Brufsky, MD, PhD,

Rachel C. Jankowitz, MD

Darcy Thull, MS

Patricia Gordon, MSN, CRNP

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Monday, March 4th at 7:30 p.m.

American Idolatry: Exploring How Mass Media Can Thwart or Support Jewish Spirituality

Which can you name more of … brands of beer, or rabbis quoted in Pirke Avot? Like it or not, we live in a fiercely media-driven society in which marketers frantically vie for our attention. What are the challenges this brings to developing Jewish spirituality? Join us as we examine multiple media messages alongside readings from the Tanach and Talmud. Come explore innovative ways in which the power of mass media can support Jewish spiritual growth.

Speaker: Brian Primack, Associate Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Clinical and Translational Medicine at the Pittsburgh School of Medicine

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Monday, March 11th at 7:30 p.m.

Aging Well: Art or Science

As our loved ones age, we wonder if there are steps we can take to protect their health and enhance their quality of life.  Senior services can be a difficult maze to navigate without support.  We will identify some of the most important resources; how to access them and why they are important to know about, always keeping in mind that our mission is to help older adults to continue to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

Speaker: Maxine Horn, information and referral specialist for AgeWell Pittsburgh

 

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