Like people of every ethnic background, Jews are faced with specific genetic concerns. Recent discoveries in genetics have made it possible to identify and empower carriers of certain genetic conditions that are commonly found in the Ashkenazi Jewish population, with the ultimate goal of protecting our future generations. 1 in 4 individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish descent are found to be carriers of these conditions and ‘carrier couples’ are at risk to have an affected child.
There are 2 options for genetic testing:
- ‘Open’ testing can be done through your doctor’s office, or, alternatively, through Yeshiva University’s Program for Jewish Genetic Health (PJGH)- screening is performed privately through the PJGH clinical offices at Montefiore Medical Center or at community/campus screening events. To register for genetic testing, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Program, visit our website at www.yu.edu/genetichealth
- ‘Closed’ testing through Dor Yeshorim- anonymous screening is performed before marriage only, and test results are not returned to the individual. Prospective couples call the Dor Yeshorim hotline to confirm genetic compatibility. To find a participating testing site near you or to request a brochure, call Dor Yeshorim at 718-384-6060.
What is most important is not how one chooses to get screened, but that they take the initiative to do it. Don’t wait until it is too late.
- To learn about carrier screening for Ashkenazi Jewish genetic diseases, click here
- To read the statement of endorsement for genetic screening, signed by Roshei Yeshiva, click here
- To watch a video about families affected with a Jewish genetic disease, click here
- To watch a video about pre-conception carrier screening, click here