The Chicago Center for Jewish Genetic Disorders

June 2011

The Chicago Center for Jewish Genetic Disorders was founded in 1999 with a grant from the Michael Reese Health Trust.  Its focus is to provide the general public, health care professionals, rabbis, and policymakers with up-to-date information about genetic disorders that are more common among individuals of Jewish descent. In addition to community and professional education, the Center provides genetic screening and prevention programs, referral services, and advocacy.

The Center is a cooperative effort of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, Children’s Memorial Hospital, and the Illinois Jewish Genetic Disorders Committee, with ongoing funding from the Health Trust. For more information on the Center and its work, including educational material on Jewish genetic disorders, visit its website at

To read the Center’s article “An Overview of Halakhic Issues Pertaining to Jewish Genetic Disorders,” go to