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Meet Jess, the Sarnoff Center's Project Coordinator

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I am thrilled to be joining the Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics as their Project Coordinator. I started my career with JUF in 2018 with the Professionals Network in the Campaign Division. I’m originally from Evanston but am moving to the Andersonville/Uptown neighborhood! I graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a major in Sociology and minor in Human Sexuality and Reproductive Health. I’m incredibly passionate about equitable and accessible health education and cannot wait to participate in the wonderful work the Community Outreach and Engagement team does. In my free time I love spending time outside with my pups, eating my way through various Chicago neighborhoods, and finding the best coffee shops! 


Affordable, Accessible Genetic Screening in Illinois

Our affordable, accessible carrier screening program uses advanced technology to provide comprehensive screening for Jewish and interfaith couples. Visit our Get Screened page to learn more and register.


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 .