The Dor Yeshorim system was designed in the early 1980s by an Orthodox rabbi to test young adults before they begin to contemplate marriage. Participants can then use the system to learn their genetic compatibility with potential marital partners.
For interested participants, a simple blood test screens potential carriers for 10 disorders:
Participants are given an identification number but not their actual results; should a participant lose their ID number, they would need to have a second blood test. When partners are introduced or contemplating engagement, they submit their numbers and birthdates to Dor Yeshorim. The two individuals’ test results are compared, and the match is considered to be “compatible” as long as both parties are not carriers of the same recessive trait. If the couple is not “compatible,” Dor Yeshorim provides genetic counseling over the phone and referrals for additional genetic counseling in the participants’ area as needed.
If an individual has used the system in the past, Dor Yeshorim can update testing for any diseases for which screening is now available. If individuals have received testing anywhere other than Dor Yeshorim, or are already engaged or married, they will not be able to use the Dor Yeshorim system.
The program costs approximately $200, and results typically take two to three weeks.
For more information about Dor Yeshorim, call their New York office at (718) 384-2332 or the Dor Yeshorim hotline at (718) 384-6060.
The Chicago area testing location is the Touhy Health Center. Write or call for more information.
Touhy Health Center
2901 W. Touhy Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645