Anyone with at least one parent, grandparent or great-grandparent of Ashkenazi heritage should consider genetic screening. Partners of people with Jewish ancestry should consider screening as well.

Although Jewish genetic disorders are more common among Ashkenazi Jews, no disorder is exclusive to the Jewish population. Screening provides valuable information for Jewish individuals with Jewish partners and with non-Jewish partners.

Persons with Sephardic Jewish heritage or other Jewish ethnic backgrounds should also consider expanded carrier screening that includes conditions more common among populations from their ancestors’ region of origin.

If your ancestors are from Northern Africa, the Mediterranean, the Middle East or Spain, please contact our counselor to discuss testing.