The Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics is an educational resource for hereditary cancers and Jewish genetic disorders. Working closely with clergy, health care professionals, support organizations and dedicated individuals, the Center strives to inform community members and raise awareness of available options, including its own subsidized genetic counseling and screening program, so they can plan for a healthy future. 

Want to talk to the Director of the Center?  Contact Jason!

Want to talk to the Senior Advisor for National and Educational Initiatives? Contact Karen!

Want to talk to the Senior Associate for Community Engagement? Contact Sarah!

The Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics strives to create a more informed community by educating and empowering the Chicago Jewish and interfaith community on all matters related to Jewish Genetics.



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We are proud to announce that our Carrier Screening Program is open with our new medical provider Insight Medical Genetics (IMG). Visit our Get Screened page to learn more about our program and how to register!





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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 . Be sure to check with 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 !