Coming Together for a Healthy Future at AIPAC 2016

March 31, 2016

by Ilana W. 


Wow is all I can say! After a whirlwind AIPAC policy conference with over 18,000 people from different backgrounds, cities, and ages, I am more invigorated than ever. I felt like I was in a microcosm of Jewish life; high schoolers interacting with Holocaust survivors, Rabbis and politicians conversing, and pretty much every person I knew from my days at camp.

To make my experience even more memorable, I volunteered with JScreen to help this incredible organization take advantage of this colossal Jewish gathering in order to put the topic of Jewish genetic screening on attendee’s radars. Policy conference offers a prime opportunity for educating the community since there is a diverse population pool for JScreen to reach.




It’s so exciting to be involved in helping people sign up for screening and knowing that I’m impacting their lives in a good way. I was excited to discover that mothers of kids in their 20’s and 30’s are really open to the idea of screening because they understand how crucial planning for a healthy future is and want their sons and daughters to get screened. And we all know Jewish mothers always know what’s best for their kids!

I’m really passionate about spreading the word about JScreen and instilling knowledge into my peers which will help their families later in life. We can all be ambassadors for this cause and getting involved in promoting JScreen is not only easy but essential.


Headquartered in Atlanta at Emory University’s Department of Human Genetics, JScreen is a national non-profit offering at-home comprehensive and affordable genetic testing and counseling.

ReproGEN – determines risk for having a child with a genetic disease

CancerGEN – tests for genetic changes that increase risk for many types of cancer

If a person or couples’ risk is elevated, genetic counselors will privately address the results, options and resources to help plan for a healthy future.

JScreen believes that a combination of education, access to state-of-the-art testing technology, and personalized support by qualified medical professionals are key to preventing devastating genetic diseases.