The term “Jewish genetic disorders” describes a group of conditions that are more common among Jews of Ashkenazi (Central, and Eastern European) descent. Although these conditions can affect anyone, they appear in those of Ashkenazi Jewish descent more frequently than in the general population, sometimes as much as 20 to 100 times more frequently. 

While these genetic conditions vary in severity and age of onset, most of the Jewish genetic disorders are debilitating, and some are fatal. Many of the conditions lack effective treatment at this time. Genetic counseling and carrier screening are therefore invaluable in planning for a family.