Professional Resources

The Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics serves as an educational resource for Jewish genetic health. Below you will find information on screening guidelines, family health history, and the Center’s print materials. If you don’t find what you are looking for on our website, please contact us and we will do our best to connect you to the appropriate resources. A genetic counselor also is available to answer questions.

Brochures and Educational Materials for Patients

The Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics is happy to provide brochures about hereditary cancers, Jewish genetic disorders and carrier screening for you to distribute to patients. We have also developed the following pamphlets in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Public Health:

To request complimentary print materials, contact us at or 312-357-4718.

Guidelines for Genetic Testing and Counseling

Professional organizations offer guidelines to help standardize care. Please see below for the latest statements on genetic testing and counseling.

Carrier Screening

Refer to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG) for recent positions on carrier screening for Jewish genetic disorders and expanded carrier screening.

Note that many practices go beyond these recommendations, offering additional preconception and prenatal screening. The Center’s affordable, accessible screening program uses a panel that tests for more than 260 recessive conditions and 21 X-linked conditions, including recessive conditions that are most prevalent in the Ashkenazi Jewish population 

BRCA and Hereditary Cancers

The Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics recommends genetic counseling for all persons considering BRCA testing. 

FORCE offers additional information about the National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s guidelines for managing hereditary cancer risk.

 Genetic Testing & Counseling

National Society of Genetic Counselors: “The National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) supports access to accurate and appropriate genetic testing. Tests for genetic variations of medical significance should be offered to consumers in conjunction with unbiased education and counseling by a qualified provider, such as a certified genetic counselor.

Read additional policy statements from the National Society of Genetic Counselors.

Online Family Health History Tools

Providers use family health history to help identify patients’ health risks and – if necessary – take steps to reduce that risk. Help patients collect and share their family health history with these online tools and worksheets: 







"My hope is that through organizations like the Center for Jewish Genetics we can help educate people and arm them with the information they need to better understand and help prevent these diseases."


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 .