Jewish Health Resource Center
Programs & Resources
The JHRC's goal is to advance health equality in the communities we serve, through staff and community education. This is accomplished through providing culturally competent care, education for counseling and screening for 101 preventable Jewish genetic disease prevention, staff training, community outreach and educational events, such healthcare symposiums and disability etiquette training.
BRCA Gene Mutation Counseling and Screening
1 in 40 Ashkenazi Jewish women and men have a BRCA gene mutation. According to the CDC, mutations in BRCA genes raise a person's risk for getting breast cancer at a young age, ovarian, and other cancers. Ashkenazi Jewish women are at higher risk for breast cancer at a young age.
If you were already screened for BRCA gene mutations, it is recommended that you ask your healthcare provider if you would benefit from updated screening.; Periodically, patients should inquire about updates to genetic testing with their healthcare provider or genetic counselor. Genes do not change, testing does:
- New genes are added to panels;
- Technology improves;
- Better detection rates;
- Interpretation may change as we the medical community learns more.
If you would like to better understand your risk for hereditable cancer, please take this brief survey and request additional information.
Portable Kosher Food Carts
We are pleased to provide portable kosher carts at Einstein hospitals in Philadelphia, Elkins Park, and Montgomery County, thanks to a grant from Einstein’s Compassionate Care Fund. These carts, which include a microwave, refrigerator, and room for nonperishable food, are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week upon request. Community volunteers from the Bikkur Cholim have partnered with Einstein to provide hot meals, upon request, as well as snacks to be stored on the cart. Patients should discuss what their needs are with staff when they arrive on the floor. Staff are encouraged to ask patients how they practice and what type of assistance they need. This effort will enable patients to navigate their healthcare in accordance with their faith. Patients can request the cart from nurses on their unit, reach out directly to Bikkur Cholim, or ask staff to reach out on their behalf.
Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases program
Advocates and provides resources to prevent life-threatening genetic diseases through preconception genetic screening, education, and counseling of individuals and couples with ANY Jewish ancestry. Contact us to schedule a screening or counseling session
Dor L’Dor (Generation to Generation)
Provide staff education to enable Einstein staff to better understand Jewish customs and traditions, so they can partner with patients, community members and local organizations to better treat and serve our Jewish population. Learn more here.
Accessible Icon Project
Healthy Eating During Passover – Einstein experts offer options for healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle in this spring holiday season.
Virtual Women's Health Symposium – Einstein's Chani Yondorf, MD, and Lisa Jablon, MD, discussed women’s health topics that included screening for Jewish genetic diseases, obstetrics and gynecology, and breast health. Also included in the program was Disability Etiquette and Stop the Bleed trainings.
Provides an opportunity for a better understanding of how our nutrition directly impacts our health and how we can eat well with food preferences and customs in mind.
MossRehab's Disability Etiquette and It's Just Respect program
Aims to educate people in the workplace, retail business or in the community — about disability etiquette.
Stop the Bleed
A free program for bystander emergency aid. Provides bystander instruction and hands on practice in emergency first aid for uncontrolled bleeding. What you can do in the first 5 minutes could save a life!
Healthier Eating for the High Holy Days
Joshua Copeland, MD, a cardiologist at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, shares how to have a healthier celebration.
Our Doctors Supports Sensitive Care for Observant Jews
Einstein providers, Randi Zeitzer, MD and Chani Yondorf, MD, understand treating observant Jewish patients requires sensitivity and respect for the protocols of their religion.
Kaiserman Jewish Community Center
Provides a welcoming and inclusive environment where Jewish values inspire excellent social, recreational, educational, cultural, and humanitarian activities.
Bikkur Cholim Philly
Provides support and kosher meals to patients
Politz Hebrew Academy
Learn more about how to navigate healthcare as a member of the Jewish community. If you have any questions, be sure to ask your healthcare providers.
Einstein's New Arrivals Clinic
Provides specialized treatment for newly arrived immigrants, refugees and asylees to the United States.
Jewish Children's Folkshul & Adult Community