The Chicago Rabbinical Council and the Chicago Center for Jewish Genetic Disorders are collaborating on a project to increase awareness about Jewish genetic disorders among pre-marital couples.

It is our goal to share vital information regarding the Jewish population’s higher carrier frequency rates for several incurable, debilitating disorders, several of which can lead to fatality among children at very young ages. Knowledge is the key to prevention of Jewish genetic disorders. Given the array of new technologies, early detection of carrier status allows couples to exercise a wide range of options. If carrier status is detected during pregnancy, options are fewer and decision-making becomes much more difficult.

Below are a variety of important educational materials for your review in PDF format. These materials have been evaluated and approved by Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwartz, Shlit”a Av Beit Din of the Chicago Rabbinical Council. The information sheet gives an overview of nine Jewish genetic disorders with facts about screening, frequency rates, and treatment options. The resource card provides a list of screening and testing locations, support agencies and helpful websites. The Action Card for Rabbis outlines steps you can take to make it easy to include this topic as part of your standard pre-marital counseling session.

If both the chasson and kallah participated in the Chevra Dor Yeshorim screening program while in high school, encourage them to submit their identification numbers by phone in accordance with the directives of that program. Materials distributed by Chevra Dor Yeshorim are also included below.

We encourage you to present a similar packet of information about Jewish genetic disorders to young couples during pre-marital counseling. The Center will provide you with a supply of packets at your request, or you can download them in PDF file format below.

We thank you in advance for considering your responsibility to the community and to future generations of Klal Yisrael. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please call Karen Litwack, Director of the Center at (312) 357-4718, fax (312) 855-3295, or email jewishgeneticsctr@juf.org

Click here for the Mazel Tov PacketPDF

     Or click below to see each item in the packet:

Email the Center for a supply of the packet mailed to you at no cost. Please include in the message that you would like the Chicago Rabbinical Council Mazel Tov Packet and indicate how many you would like: Jewishgeneticsctr@juf.org.