Programs of Interest

Women’s Health Symposium

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New Realities in Women’s Health:
Choices and Challenges for Young Jewish Women

Anshe Emet Synagogue
Sunday, June 1, 2003
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Chicago Center for Jewish Genetic Disorders, this year’s women’s health symposium was designed to empower young women to navigate through today’s complex health care options. The symposium will feature keynote speaker Lt. Governor Corinne Wood (Ret.), a breast cancer survivor and advocate for women and families.

The conference will focus on the latest medical advances in women’s health care while touching on issues such as hereditary cancers, infertility, and Jewish genetic disorders. New technologies and treatments will also be explored at the point where Jewish thought and health care intersect. Community members will share their own personal life changing experiences in dealing with these issues.

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Registration Information
Women’s Health Symposium Conference Registration
$18 in advance, $8 for students
Payment is available at the door for $20

Reduced fees available – Contact Karen Litwack 312-357-4718
Students can register by phone, fax, or mail only for the $8 fee.

Four ways to register:
Phone: 312-357-4718
Fax: 312-855-3295
Mail (Enclose check or credit card info):

    • Chicago Center for Jewish Genetic Disorders

    • One South Franklin Street, Suite 2910

    Chicago, Illinois, 60606


9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast
Welcome and Introductions
Keynote Speaker on Women’s Health
Lt. Governor Corinne Wood (Ret.)
Panel: Jewish Tradition and “High Tech” Health Care Choices
Rabbi James Gordon, JD, moderator
Rabbi Joseph Ozarowski,
Nanette Elster, JD, MPH
Rabbi Heather Altman
Scott Moses, MD
Breakout Sessions:
Susan Davies, MD
Stephanie Ross, PhD
Robyn Seidman, LCSW

Jewish Genetic Disorders
Lee Shulman, MD
Carin Yates, MS, CGC
Tracey Lipsig, LCSW

Hereditary Cancers in Young Women
Wendy Rubinstein, MD, PhD, FACMG
Scott Weissman, MS, CGC
Suzanne Yellen, PhD

Advocating for “Women’s Health” Issues
Rochelle Shoretz, JD

Corinne Wood was the first woman to serve as Lieutenant Governor in Illinois (from 1998-2002). A graduate of Loyola University School of Law and the University of Illinois, she has over 20 years of experience in public service. In that time she has earned a reputation as a strong advocate for health care, families, environmental protection, community and rural affairs, and senior citizens.

A breast cancer survivor, Lt. Governor Wood (Ret.) is an active advocate committed to women’s health care. As Lt. Governor, she chaired Women’s Health Illinois, an interagency program that focused on enhancing women’s health education and services. She also created and hosted a Midwest Emmy-nominated cable television show, Today’s Healthy Woman, to provide information to Illinois women and their families.

Infertility specialist Susan Davies, MD is assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center. She attended Southern Methodist University before completing her MD at Rush Medical College. She also did a residency in obstetrics and gynecology and a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility both at Rush. Dr. Davies is co-owner and founder of North Shore Fertility. She is board certified in both reproductive endocrinology and infertility and obstetrics and gynecology.

Wendy S. Rubinstein, MD, PhD, FACMG, is medical director of the ENH Center for Medical Genetics. After attending Brandeis University, she received her MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NY, and did her residency at Strong Memorial Hospital at University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. She later taught at University of Pittsburgh prior to her position at ENH. Dr. Rubinstein is dual board certified in clinical genetics and clinical molecular genetics. Her focus is on breast cancer, genetic disease, cancer education, and women’s health.

Lee P. Shulman, MD is a professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He serves as director of the Division of Reproductive Genetics and is deputy head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Shulman attended Cornell University followed by Cornell University Medical College where he received his MD. He later interned and was a resident in obstetrics and gynecology at North Shore University Hospital – Cornell University Medical College. Prior to his present position, he was on faculty at University of Tennessee, Memphis.

Breast cancer survivor Rochelle Shoretz, a 29-year-old Columbia Law School graduate and mother of two, founded Sharsheret, a support group for young Jewish women fighting breast cancer, which is based in New York. She has also been a litigator, a speechwriter, and is a former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Co-Sponsoring Organizations
Anshe Emet Synagogue Sisterhood, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, Hillels of Illinois, Jewish Children’s Bureau, Jewish Community Centers of Chicago, Jewish Family and Community Service, Jewish Healing Network of Chicago, North Shore Hadassah, Sidney N. Shure Kehilla Program, JUF TOV Volunteer Network, Young Leadership Division JUF, Young Women’s Board JUF