The Program for Jewish Genetic Health grew out of a pilot effort aimed towards providing the Jewish community with accessible and affordable carrier testing for Tay-Sachs disease and other Jewish genetic diseases that could affect offspring. In the spring of 2010, a relationship with Yeshiva University and Einstein was formalized and the Program for Jewish Genetic Health was born.
With the recent explosion of genetic knowledge and technology, there now are many other Jewish genetic health issues that require the same focus and attention, from familial cancers and adult onset brain disorders, to bone marrow transplantations and novel gene therapies. Advances in medicine have allowed for significant progress in the realms of diagnosis, prevention and management of these diseases.
Our mission revolves around servicing the Jewish community and listening to its needs, with the ultimate goal of protecting its health and the health of its future generations. We view the community as an active partner in this mission, and we are prepared to evolve and adapt as community needs grow and change.
To see our mission through, the Program provides three corresponding services:
Education: We provide lay people and Jewish community leaders with educational symposia that deal with a plethora of Jewish genetic health issues. In addition, our GeneSights Jewish Genetics Online Education Series utilizes 21st century modes of effective and accessible learning including online webinars that are available to the public at any time of day.
Genetic Testing: We work in conjunction with the Division of Reproductive Genetics at Montefiore Medical Center to provide accessible and affordable options for genetic testing services to all—regardless of financial situation.
Resource and Support Center: Drawing upon facets afforded to us by both Yeshiva University and Einstein gives us a unique ability to serve as a Jewish genetic health professional resource network and support center.