Issues

Bioethical Conferences and Meetings
None at this time.

Dor Yeshorim
Dor Yeshorim is an international genetic screening system used mainly by Orthodox Jews, which attempts to prevent the transmission of genetic disorders that have an increased frequency among members of the Ashkenazi Jewish community. Designed in the early 1980s by an Orthodox rabbi, the system tests young adults before they begin to contemplate marriage. Participants can then use the system to learn their genetic compatibility with potential marital partners.

Participants in the program have their blood drawn and then analyzed for carrier status of five disorders: Tay-Sachs disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Canavan disease, Fanconi Anemia, and Familial Dysautonomia. Participants do not receive their results, only an identification number. When participants want to learn their genetic compatibility with a potential marital partner, they call Dor Yeshorim, both numbers are entered, and compatibility is determined. As long as both parties are not carriers of the same recessive trait, the match is considered to be compatible.

If individuals have used this system in the past, testing can be updated (for Familial Dysautonomia) or any of the other diseases through the Dor Yeshorim Program. If individuals have received testing anywhere other than Dor Yeshorim, they will not be able to use the Dor Yeshorim system.

If you or your congregants are interested in learning more about this system, the Chicago area contacts are Dr. or Mrs. Yaakov Friedman at 773-761-1892.

Jewish Spirituality and Healing
This section of the website was created to bring Jewish Spirituality and Healing resources to the online community. Please feel free to send us any other helpful information or resources on the subject at jewishgeneticsctr@juf.org.

Jewish Healing Network of Chicago:
Supporting you in times of illness and loss

Jewish Healing Network of Chicago (JHNC) ensures that information about social service, medical and spiritual resources is available to people facing issues of illness or loss. JHNC provides referrals to existing services in the Chicago area and creates new services where needed. Social service agencies, synagogues and community agencies work together to ensure that no Jew is alone in times of illness and loss. JHNC is a collaborative effort of Jewish Family and Community Service, Council for Jewish Elderly, Chicago Board of Rabbis and Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

Programs include: Bikur Cholim (visiting the sick) Training, a resource library, information and referral, healing circles, and conferences for community members and health care professionals.

For more information,
see http://www.juf.org/services_resources/directory.asp?id=0038

Or, contact:

Tracey Lipsig, LCSW, Program Coordinator
Jewish Healing Network of Chicago (JHNC)
Jewish Family and Community Service
Goldie Bachmann Luftig Building
5150 W. Golf Road
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 568-5200
Fax: (847) 568-5250

Other Spirituality Resources Online
This section was created to bring Jewish Spirituality and Healing resources to the online community. Links to other web sites do not constitute an endorsement or referral. This information is to be used for educational and informational purposes only.

Azamra
Health and Healing Resources including online book, “A Call to Live, a Jewish Guide to Healing.”
http://www.azamra.org/

Bnei Baruch World Center for Kabbalah Studies
The Wisdom of Kaballah
http://kabbalah.info/

HealingPsalm.com
http://www.healingpsalm.com/

Jewish Bereavement Project
For Los Angeles County but has a good list of resources
http://www.jewishbereavement.com/

Jewish Healing and Spirituality/Jewish Link
JewishLink provides non-denominational, on-line support for those seeking an authentic Jewish spiritual connection or those that struggle with physical or emotional obstacles.
http://www.jewishealing.com/

Jewish Healing Therapies
http://www.clik.to/akiva/

Jewish Healing Tradition in Historic Perspective
From the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
http://www.rrc.edu/journal/recon63_2/praglin.htm

Ohr Hadash Jewish Healing Center
Site under construction
http://www.ohrhadash.org/