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An inspiring evening to raise awareness for breast cancer

From Impact, May 2014

On March 27, 2014, Eric Moses, the cantor at Toronto’s Beth Sholom Synagogue, organized Kol Isha: The Female Voice, a concert to celebrate his wife, Melissa, a breast cancer survivor, and raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. The event was hosted by CTV medical correspondent Dr. Marla Shapiro and featured eight top Jewish female vocalists.

Women over 18 years of age attending the concert were invited to participate in WCRI’s study of familial cancer in Jewish women in Ontario. As part of the study, Jewish women are being offered genetic testing for the common BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations found in the Ashkenazi Jewish population; mutations in the BRCA genes are associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.

“The study will help identify women with a genetic predisposition to developing cancer who otherwise might not come to the attention of the medical community and receive the preventive care and screening that might benefit them,” says Dr. Kelly Metcalfe, adjunct scientist at WCRI, who is leading the study with Dr. Steven Narod, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Breast Cancer at WCRI.

Kol Isha: The Female Voice
L to R: Kol Isha vocalists Theresa Tova, Cantor Magda Fishman, Cantor Alisa Pomerantz-Boro, Neshama Carlebach, Aviva Chernick, Cantor Arianne Brown, Amy Sky, and Amanda Levine.
Photo by Henry Campbell.

 

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