Epigenetics, with Rachel Yehuda, Ph.D.

Genetics describes DNA sequencing, but epigenetics sees that genes can be turned on and off and expressed differently through changes in environment and behavior.

Rachel Yehuda is a pioneer in understanding how the effects of stress and trauma can transmit biologically, beyond cataclysmic events, to the next generation. She has studied the children of Holocaust survivors and of pregnant women who survived the 9/11 attacks. But her science is a form of power for flourishing beyond the traumas large and small that mark each of our lives and those of our families and communities.

Dr. Yehuda is a Profesor and Vice Chair of Psychiatry and Professor of Neuroscience and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Welcoming remarks by Marty Chester, incoming JCRC Board President

Marty Chester has served on the JCRC Board since 2006 and will serve as JCRC Board President through 2020. He’s a past board member for the Talmud Torah of Minneapolis, Adath Jeshurun Congregation, and the Twin Cities Cardozo Society. Marty is a recipient of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation’s Tychman Family Young Leadership Award, and the Cardozo Society’s Arthur T. Pfefer Memorial Award. Professionally, Marty is a partner at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, where he’s been a trial lawyer since 2003. Marty and his wife Haley have three daughters and live in Minneapolis, where they are members of Beth El Synagogue.

For more information, please contact Laura Zelle.

Photos: Rachel Yehuda, Ph.D. and Marty Chester


October 11
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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