Genetic Disorders


Other Screening Resources

The Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics offers an affordable, accessible recessive disorder carrier screening program for Jewish and interfaith couples in Illinois. While our program is temporarily unavailable, the following resources can provide information and carrier screening services. 

National organizations (for individuals and couples in Illinois, and elsewhere)

National (based out of Atlanta, GA)

Invitae Comprehensive Carrier Screen 

Local community organizations

Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases
Miami, FL

Jewish Genetic Disease Consortium 

Pomona, NY 

The Program for Jewish Genetic Health of Yeshiva University
New York, NY

Jewish Genetic Diseases Center of Greater Phoenix
Scottsdale, AZ

Have questions or want more information? Contact us at (312) 357-4718 or to speak with a staff member or our genetic counselor. You can also use the National Society of Genetic Counselors’ Find a Genetic Counselor tool to find a genetic counselor in your area. 

The Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics provides education and resources about hereditary cancers. Though we do not offer genetic testing for hereditary cancer risk at this time, our genetic counselor can help you identify an appropriate local resource that best meets your needs. Please contact us for more information. 

Please note: the resources on this page are provided as a convenience and the Sarnoff Center bears no responsibility for the content of these external sites.  


Planning for a Family?

1 in 4 Jews carries a potentially devastating genetic disorder that could pass down to a child. Make carrier screening part of your family planning process. 


Do You Know What's In Your Genes?

What is the most valuable gift you can give to your family? The gift of good health! There are many health conditions that run in families. Knowing your family health history can alert you to the potential risk for a variety of genetic disorders . Talk to your relatives for warning signs and assess your risk for hereditary cancers.

Did you know: Ashkenazi Jews are 10 TIMES more likely to have BRCA mutations, which significantly increases lifetime risks for hereditary cancers, so what does this heightened risk mean for you? Click here to learn more .