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THE FACTS:

  • 2 in 3 Jews is a healthy carrier for a genetic disease, and there are many Jewish genetic diseases (it’s not just Tay-Sachs!)
  • 80% of babies born with a genetic disease have no family history of that disease
  • Carrier couples have options for having healthy babies
  • Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews are also at risk
  • Genetic testing has significantly improved in the last few years

WHO WE ARE:

  • JScreen is an innovative, national, non-profit genetic screening program
  • We provide an at-home, low cost, saliva test for over 200 diseases, that are common in people with Ashkenazi, Sephardi, and Mizrahi backgrounds
  • Complimentary genetic counseling is provided via phone or secure video teleconference when results are ready

Whether a baby is in your immediate future or further down the road, be sure to get screened ahead of time to help you make the right decisions for your family. Knowing your carrier status can be life-saving.

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JScreen has tested thousands of individuals from ALL 50 states! We’ve received a tremendous amount of support from Rabbis, physicians, and Jewish communities around the country. Together we can save lives. .

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TGIShabbos

Is this similar/different than Dor Yeshorim?

Estie

Hi, I’m a genetic counselor at JScreen. While both JScreen and Dor Yeshorim offer carrier screening for common diseases (like Tay-Sachs), there are differences between the two programs. JScreen’s testing panel includes testing for many more conditions (over 220) and our test is appropriate for Jews of all backgrounds. We also provide results by phone or secure video conference via a certified genetic counselor. You can email info@jscreen.org with any questions.

Yitzchokk

Do you have rabbinical guidance like Dor Yeshorim?

TGIShabbos

Yitzchokk, (respectfully and kindly) what type of rabbinical guidance or permission would one need to take a genetic test with blood, urine, or saliva? Is a genetic screening similar to rabbinic guidance supervision over food, restaurants, a question on kashrus, niddah, hilchos shabbos, etc?

Response

TGIShabbos, (respectfully and kindly) rabbinical guidance is not limited to Permitted or Prohibited. All the examples you gave are halacha examples, but Da’as Torah , (following rabbinical guidance) is much more than just allowed or not allowed

TGIShabbos

Thanks for getting back to me. I don’t think you and I are going to convince each other otherwise, as I’m sure we come from different backgrounds religiously. I have asked our Rav for guideance and recommending summer trips, navigating through religious or emotional issues with children at home, and shalom Bayis. I don’t believe I’ll ever speak to (or think it’s appropriate) for me to ask about things like vaccinations, table cloth colors, genetic testing, which names to choose upon the birth of a child. All above questions which my Yeshivish leaning Lakewood cousins have discussed with their Rav, where I believe it should be addressed by a medical doctor, the family, or doing it to make one’s spouse happy. When I got married I never intended on doing Dor Yeshorim. I didn’t take the testing because of rabbinical guidance or 5 hechshorim, but because it would make my future wife happy. Thinking outside the box for a moment (which is often forgotten) and the ultimate reasons why we do things ultimately make the positive difference in life. Perhaps this particular genetic testing won’t have the type of Rabbinical guidance you are looking for, but plenty of other people will see that their website has the backing of many medical professionals, medical universities, and solid reviews online. Or maybe some will do it to ensure the security of a future family. I can’t see how this would negatively impact one’s neshama or ruchniyous. Note, I have no relationship with any of the above companies.

Yitzchokk

Ethically, it’s a question of eugenics.

Religiously it’s a question of engaging in activities that God may have intended to stay hidden

DY operation, although controversial, is predicated

Estie

Hi again, this is Estie, from JScreen…

While we do not have an official Rabbinical advisory board, we have garnered much support from different Rabbis and Rabbinic organizations within the frum community. Many of them even send their own kids to us for genetic testing!

Rabbi Mordechai Willig actually showed his support for us in a recent shiur, which can be found here, starting at about 36 minutes: https://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/921251/rabbi-mordechai-i-willig/genetics-and-halacha/

TGIShabbos

1. So Dor Yeshorim is controversial too? My jaw dropped reading that. Doesn’t Shalom Bayis or Pekuach Nefesh count for anything? 2. “Engaging in activities that God may have intended to stay hidden”… so was getting a colonoscopy inappropriate, as I may have (God Forbid) discovered Hashem’s hidden message that there is colon cancer? I don’t mean to be disrespectful, I just don’t think I’ve ever heard of anything this shallow, unproven (both Medically and Rabbinically), and far-out before in a while. Same questions regarding mammograms; or ultrasounds during pregnancy.

Guest

Dor yesharim is very limited in the amount of diseases tested..also one does not receive the results.

Guest

JScreen is the way to go. I used them a few years ago and was EXTREMELY pleased with their professionalism, service, and price.

CJ

Which Rabbis have endorsed or offered support for the program?

TGIShabbos

Why do you need Rabbis endorsing something like this? Wouldn’t it make more sense having the medical community and medical universities providing endorsement? Isn’t the measles and lack of vaccinations problem in Rockland County NY enough of a problem.

CJ

The statement from jscreen above states “we’ve received a tremendous amount of support from rabbis etc.” I feel that it is very apropriate to ask who those rabbis are.

Liam K. Nuj

You seem to have an adverse reaction every time the subject of “Rabbinical Endorsement/Support” comes up.
I recommend you speak to your rabbi about that.

TGIShabbos

Liam K. Nuj, spoke with my shul Rav this morning after Shacharis. Just as with the vaccination issue going on (huge Chillul Hashem by the way, with much physical and emotional pain, suffering, and fatalities), genetic testing is an issue where you first do your own groundwork (or homework if you will), speak with medical professionals and receive medical advice, followed by followup with your LOR (Local Orthodox Rabbi, as the phrase goes). A medical genetic testing can have a dozen Rabbonim in favor or against something, but because this is a very personal and intimate issue, it’s something than your own Rav would be the one suited best to address. Those same Rabbonim on any list may approve of XYZ but absolutely forbid going to baseball games, not purchasing a $300 flight to Israel from a computer error, having an unfiltered phone, etc- which isn’t relevant in my own frum community. My rav views JScreen as a potential Pekuach Nefesh, your Rav may feel differently. If you feel that this is playing with Hashem’s world and his works (as someone about responded to me), then don’t do the screening; and keep potential diseases hidden as what you believe Hashem intended for. My davening that there should be no genetic diseases as a result.

ckmk47

Dor Yesharim doesn’t tell the person if he’s a carrier. It judt keeps him from marrying someone else who’s also acarrier of the same disease.
This spit test will tell you all the things you’re a carrier of that they test for. Which you may or may not want to know.

TGIShabbos

Correct, I’m not sure what the problem is. If God Forbid a doctor discovered one had cancer or an illness, wouldn’t you want to know that?

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