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The Detroit Jewish News, 2006-01-26

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NUTP\ITION

Nourishing & Enhancing One's Total Being

Our

Sheifi Liebman Dorfman
Staff Writer

For many years, Rivlin implement-
ed the program through the former
Sinai Hospital of Detroit, under the
n the past 23 years, educator
supervision of Robin Gold, a genetic
Reva Rivlin has arranged genetic
counselor. Now the Detroit-area Dor
screenings for more than 1,000
Yeshorim testing is run out of Sinai-
graduating high school seniors. She
Grace Hospital, part of the Detroit
rganizes testing centers for female
Medical Center organization.
tudents at the Beth Jacob School
"Through grant funding, Sinai-
or Girls in Oak Park, where she
Grace
helps defray the cost of the
eaches, and at Yeshiva Gedolih,
program locally," said
!so in Oak Park,
Dr. Gonik, a full-time
or male students.
faculty
member of the
The plan originat-
Department of
d when Rivlin's
Obstetrics and
wn daughters were
Gynecology in the
n high school and
Wayne State
she learned there
University School of
as no organized
Medicine in Detroit.
program for them to
• Dr. Gonik also does
e tested. Each
Dor Yeshorim testing
year, she also .
in his office and he
invites students
and his partner, Dr.
from other schools
Karoline Puder, do
and members of the
counseling, consulting
community who
and testing in the
meet the criteria of
general and Jewish
being single and not
Dr. Bernard Gontk
communities.
engaged.
They see individuals
A simple blood test
or couples in their office for Jewish
determines if those tested are carri-
genetic screening and counseling
ers of a variety of Jewish genetic
outside of Dor Yesorim. They also
illnesses.
.Rivlin orders testing kits from Dor counsel about non-Jewish genetic
issues.
Yeshorim in New York, an organiza-
They both work very closely with
tion founded to prevent recessive
the Reproductive Genetics Division
Jewish genetic diseases.
within the WSU OB/GYN
"The goal of Dor Yeshorim is to
Department, and the Genetics and
anonymously screen single adoles-
Dysmorphology clinic at Children's
cents and young adults who are not
Hospital of Michigan, particularly
committed to a relationship so that
with-Dr. Gerald Feldman who partici-
in the future if a shiduch (match)
pates in the CHM genetics clinic and
was being considered, they would
runs the DMC molecular genetics
have the opportunity to include this
laboratory that does non-DY labora-
information in the decision-making
tory testing.
process," said Detroit-based obste-
Individuals who want to be made
trician-gynecologist Dr. Bernard
aware of their test results cannot
Gonik, who supervises the drawing
utilize Dor Yeshorim "because all
of blood at the two schools.
results are coded and blinded," Dr.
The program is intended to
Gonik said. But such testing is also
reduce the risk of Jewish couples
available locally.
having children with these condi-
The DMC has an Ashkenazi Jewish
tions and, in the process, to not
Carrier
Screen package that can be
stigmatize the Individual or her or
ordered
by any clinician at a
his family. Anyone can be tested —
reduced
price to test for eight carri-
not just yeshivah kids — but the
er conditions.
Orthodox community is much more
For information on Jewish genet'
ely to use this service."
ivlin said, "Those who are tested testing, contact a physician. To
arrange Dor Yeshorim testing, eithe
of given specific results. They
during the annual school-based
wen a number and they can
screenings or during the year, cal
check their number against someone
else's to see if they are compatible." Reva Rivlin at (248) 968-3981.

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