Who We Are
We are a group of individuals concerned about the effect of the BRCA genes on the Jewish community in British Columbia. Our group is made up of passionate community members, medical and health professionals and researchers, experts in genetic cancers, health promotion professionals, Jewish advocacy professionals and the brilliant folks at Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue. Our work has been supported by a number of generous organizations, institutions and members of the community, including the BC Cancer Agency, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver and the Diamond Family Philanthropic Fund as well as many private citizens and donors.
What We Do
This project was born out of the realization that many members of our Jewish community in BC are not aware of the risks of carrying the BRCA genes and the risk of genetically-linked cancers. We hope that our work will improve awareness among community members and health professionals, will educate community members about genetic testing options and will reduce the fears and stigma that can surround genetic testing. We also hope to support improvements in access to genetic testing through the BC for members of the Jewish community and protect carriers from potential negative consequences related to discovering their positive carrier status. Ultimately, this group believes that knowledge is power.
Do you want to get involved or make a donation to support BRCAinBC?
We are always looking for people who are passionate to support our work in the community. There are opportunities to join our committee, participate in fundraising activities, support and organize community education events, and participate in community advocacy. Please click here to contact us.
All donations to the committee can be made through Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or Contact reception at 604-731-4161×100. Please mention that you would like to make your donation to the BRCA Committee Fund.