Yesterday The Jewish Press announced the â€œKohen and Levi Conference: A Gathering of the Tribe.â€ The conference, to be held on July 15-19, 2007, is hosted in
Recent scientific research and DNA testing has proven that todayâ€™s descendents of the biblical Kohanim are genetically related. Molecular geneticists have discovered the â€œCohen Modal Haplotypeâ€ which is a Y- chromosome DNA lineage signature shared by a majority of both Ashkenazi and Sephardi Kohanim. This indicates a direct patrilineal descent of present-day Kohanim from a single ancient ancestor, genetically dated to have lived approximately 3,300 years ago, a time corresponding to the Exodus from
Now, the members of this â€œextended familyâ€ are being invited to participate in a â€˜familyâ€ reunion that will take place in
, July 15-19, 2007. These dates coincide with the biblically noted date of the passing of Aharon, the High Priest, on the first day of the Hebrew month of Av. Jerusalem
â€œThis is not only the first family reunion of the Jewish priestly dynasty in nearly 2,000 years, it is an important conference which will inform, inspire and motivate,â€ stated conference organizer Rabbi Yaakov Kleiman, director of The Center for Kohanim in
and author of the book, DNA & Tradition. â€œThe research and information we will share will play an important role in appreciating and maintaining our unique and precious heritage.â€ Jerusalem
Genetic Genealogy has always been somewhat controversial because it raises issues of social science. For instance, what is race and how is race defined?Â How does science define any group of people?Â Should genetics be part of that definition? The topic of a â€œJewish geneâ€ is no exception, and there has been a great deal of controversy related to these studies.Â Family Tree DNA addresses the Cohanim gene on their FAQ page.Â Learn more at NOVA and at Wikipedia.