Promoting Jewish genetic health since 1999.
The Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics provides educational resources related to hereditary cancers and genetic disorders more common among persons of Jewish descent. We work closely with community members, clergy, healthcare professionals, and support organizations to raise awareness of these issues and available support options, including our own subsidized genetic counseling and screening program.
Originally founded as The Chicago Center for Jewish Genetic Disorders in 1999, the Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics today offers resources to communities across North America and the world, while continuing its service focus in the Chicago Jewish community.
The Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics is a supporting foundation of Jewish United Fund and is supported in part by the Michael Reese Health Trust.
Articles and Events
3 Things to Know About Genetic Testing Before IVF
Testing laboratory-fertilized embryos for genetic diseases before implantation can be done through a procedure called preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) or
Meet Kate, the Sarnoff Center’s 2022 Lewis Summer Intern
I am thrilled to join the Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics as its 2022 Lewis Summer Intern.
Understanding Differences in Genetic Testing
Today, more people than ever use ancestry testing to learn about their family’s past and to connect with far- flung relatives. But while some ancestry tests provide limited health-related information, these tests are no substitute for genetic screening tests and the clinical support that comes with them.