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.


Religious Articles

Jews and Gentiles

Jews and Gentiles Jews and Gentiles in the Gospels - What is a Gentile? Initially, Jesus instructed his Apostles to avoid the Gentiles and reach out only

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News & Events

Welcome to our website

Learn about Jewish Genetic Disorders

Women’s Health Symposium

View highlights from this June event

Study Results Show Promise for Development of Gene Therapy to Treat Blood Diseases

A press release about Beta-Thalassemia from the American Society of Hematology

Advocating for Women’s Health

Remarks from the Women’s Health Symposium

From the JUF News Wedding Special

It’s Time to Think About Genetic Screening

Genetic Testing Expands: Answers Are Available, But Do You Want to Know Them?

An interview with Northwestern University faculty

DNA: A Revolution at 50

NY Times Special Edition FULL STORY

Nature, Nurture and Human Disease

An article from Nature about what scientists have learned on this topic in the last 50 years.

Read about a child with Canavan – from the JUF News:

Chicago family leads fight against Canavan disease

Diseases Common in Ashkenazim May Be Random

Read more in the New York Times FULL STORY

Using Genetic Tests, Ashkenazi Jews Vanquish a Disease

Latest from the New York Times

Is Race Real? An Op-Ed Piece on Genetics

Latest from the NY Times

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