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Kelly Morgan, MS, CGC, on Exploring Targeted Testing for the Ashkenazi Jewish BRCA Mutation – Cancer Network

| June 1, 2020

In a recent study, presented at the 2020 ASCO Virtual Scientific Program, theBRCAFounder OutReach (BFOR) offered pre-testing online education with posttest engagement of primary care providers. In an interview withCancerNetwork, Kelly Morgan, MS, CGC, a genetic counselor at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, offered background on why the study was conducted in this patient population.

I’m a black reverend whose grandfather marched with King and Heschel. Here’s how white Jews can support black people right now. – JTA News

| June 1, 2020

ATLANTA (JTA) A lot of my Jewish friends are asking me how they can help and what needs to be done regarding the killing and lynching of individuals and families in the black community, most recently George Floyd. To put yourselves in our shoes for a moment, imagine what the response of the Jewish community would be if George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery or Breonna Taylor were Jewish?No doubt it would reach biblical proportions. One of the main challenges to interfaith collaboration is that since every group prioritizes its own challenges, we put less work into reciprocity and interfaith collaboration

A peace treaty is not the license to extortion – Weekly Blitz

| June 1, 2020

Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen For years, Egypt and Jordan have exploited their peace treaties with Israel as a tool of extortionto prevent Israel from pursuing its security and political interests

European allies of Israel against Hezbollah, but also against annexation – Al-Monitor

| June 1, 2020

Jun 1, 2020 Austrias parliament adopted on May 29 a resolution urging the government in Vienna and the European Union to take decisive actions by reassessing Hezbollahs entire organization as a terrorist movementand not just its military branch. Hailing the nonbinding resolution, Israels newly appointed Foreign MinisterGabi Ashkenazi stated on May 31 that this is an important decision against Hezbollah.

How ultra-Orthodox parties became the biggest winners in Israel’s new government – The Times of Israel

| June 1, 2020

The new government sworn in on May 17 is a groundbreaking creation, innovative in structure and promising some dramatic new policies: an alternate prime minister, the largest-ever Israeli cabinet, so many deputy ministers that some parties ran out of parliamentary manpower to staff the new posts; and on the policy front, grappling with a historic economic and health crisis and a dramatic (if still lacking in detail) plan for annexation in the West Bank. With so much thats new, its no wonder this government has caused fascination both at home and abroad as its contours came into view over the past month. Nobody has ever seen anything quite like it.

Higher lung cancer risk seen with two new germline mutations – Reuters

| May 31, 2020

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Two newly identified germline genetic variants are associated with an increased risk of lung cancer, researchers report. We were surprised by finding new variants that have not previously been associated with cancer or other diseases, Dr. Christopher I.

BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Jacob Kornbluh, national politics reporter at Jewish Insider – Politico

| May 31, 2020

Whats a trend going on in the U.S. or abroad that doesnt get enough attention?

Ten years after Israel’s hijacking of the Mavi Marmara, we cannot forget those who it killed – Middle East Monitor

| May 31, 2020

It is ten years since a live broadcast from the Mediterranean on Aljazeera TV came to an abrupt end. On 31 May 2010 I was watching human rights activists on the MV Mavi Marmara laden with humanitarian supplies for the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip describing their fears as the Israeli navy circled the ship ordering its Captain to change course. Moments later, the transmission was ended

Food From Around the World That You Can Make at Home – The Daily Meal

| May 31, 2020

Biryani (South Asia) JuliaKa/iStock via Getty Images Plus Biryani is a beloved rice dish from South Asia made with layers of meat typically goat or chicken and basmati rice mixed with spices. This recipe for Hyderabadi biryani, a regional variety from Hyderabad, India, is best eaten with some raita, or yogurt chutney, on the side. For the Hyderabadi Biryani recipe, click here.

Jews and Arabs share genetic link to ancient Canaanites, study finds – Haaretz

| May 31, 2020

Most of todays Jewish and Arabic-speaking populations share a strong genetic link to the ancient Canaanites, a study by an international team of archaeologists and geneticists has found. These modern-day groups in Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and parts of Syria share a large part of their ancestry, in most cases more than half, with the people who lived in the Levant during the Bronze Age more than 3,000 years ago, the study concludes. The researchers also determined that the Canaanites who frequently appear in ancient sources, including the Bible descended from a mixture of an earlier Levantine population and migrants coming from the Caucasus region or northwestern Iran.


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