It’s not just Tay-Sachs. The Jewish community is at increased risk for many genetic diseases that occur more frequently in this population. Jews of all backgrounds and those of mixed heritage should consider carrier screening because they are all at risk to be carriers of genetic diseases. This includes Ashkenazi, Sephardic, and Mizrahi Jews.
The Jewish Genetic Disease Consortium (JGDC) increases awareness about Jewish genetic diseases and encourages timely and appropriate carrier screening for all persons who have any Jewish ancestry, as well as couples of mixed heritage. The JGDC is an alliance of non-profit organizations sharing the common goal of combating genetic diseases. While each JGDC member organization has its own individual mission, the JGDC unites these organizations so that it may jointly strengthen public education and awareness for appropriate carrier screening.
Through “JGDC In Your Community,” the JGDC offers a three-pronged approach to educate communities about carrier screening for genetic diseases. Through its “Medical Grand Rounds Program,” “Couples Aware Program,” and “Community Program,” the JGDC educates physicians, clergy, and the lay and mix-heritage communities about Jewish genetic diseases. The shared goal of these JGDC programs is to decrease the incidence of genetic diseases and assure healthy families by increasing preconception carrier screening rates and promoting the understanding of reproductive options available to carrier couples.
Jewishgeneticdiseases.org is an up-to-date resource for medical professionals, clergy and individuals seeking information about genetic disease carrier screening. To learn more about these diseases or if you are interested in bringing these programs to your community, please contact the JGDC by email at info@JewishGeneticDiseases.org or phone at (855) 642-6900.