The Center for Jewish Genetics is not affiliated with Dor Yeshorim, but provides information about the program as a service to the community. If you want to know the detailed results of your genetic screening test, you will need to use screening services like those offered by the Center for Jewish Genetics. Note that Dor Yeshorim is based on a confidential matching service that provides information about the genetic compatibility of two individuals without revealing the details of their screening results to the participants. 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. None of these restrictions apply to the services offered by the Center for Jewish Genetics.
You can reach Dor Yeshorim at their New York office at (718) 384-2332 or through the Dor Yeshorim hotline at (718) 384-6060.
The Chicago area testing location for Dor Yeshorim is the Touhy Health Center. Write or call for more information.
Touhy Health Center
2901 W. Touhy Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
More About Dor Yeshorim
Dor Yeshorim is an international, confidential genetic screening system used mainly by the Orthodox Jewish community, which aims to prevent the transmission of genetic disorders that have an increased frequency among the Ashkenazi Jewish community.
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:
An optional second panel adds tests for seven additional disorders:
- Bardet-Biedl Syndrome Type 2 (BBS2)
- Nemaline Myopathy (NM)
- Dihydrolipoamide Dehydrogenase Deficiency (DLDD)
- Usher Syndrome Type 1 (USH1)
- Joubert Syndrome (JBTS)
- Walker-Warburg Syndrome (WWS)
- Maple Syrup Urine Disease Type 1B (MSUD1B)
Participants receive 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 will recommend rescreening to confirm their results. The couple will be advised of the risks they face if they marry, and counseling will be offered to them. Dor Yeshorim can also offer counseling and referrals to persons with a known family history of genetic disorders.
If an individual has used the system in the past, Dor Yeshorim can update testing for any diseases for which screening is now available.
The program costs approximately $200, and results typically take two to three weeks.