Welcome to the home of the Chicago Center for Jewish Genetic Disorders, a collaborative effort of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, Children's Memorial Hospital, and the Illinois Jewish Genetic Disorders Committee.
This site is for anyone concerned about the genetic health and well-being of individuals and families in the Jewish community.
What Jewish Genetic Disorders
It is estimated that everybody carries 6 – 8 disease-producing genes, which would be harmful if passed on to our children by both mother and father. Many racial and ethnic groups have “their own” genetic disorder disorders which are not unique to the group, but which occur more frequently in the group.
The “Jewish” genetic disorders are a group of conditions that are more common among individuals of Jewish descent. Although these disorders can occur in the general population, they do so at a significantly lower frequency than in the Jewish population.
News & Events
Welcome to our website
Women’s Health Symposium
Study Results Show Promise for Development of Gene Therapy to Treat Blood Diseases
Advocating for Women’s Health
From the JUF News Wedding Special
Genetic Testing Expands: Answers Are Available, But Do You Want to Know Them?
DNA: A Revolution at 50
Nature, Nurture and Human Disease
Read about a child with Canavan – from the JUF News:
Diseases Common in Ashkenazim May Be Random
Using Genetic Tests, Ashkenazi Jews Vanquish a Disease
Is Race Real? An Op-Ed Piece on Genetics