A Short Film: The Jewish Genetic Disease Consortium

We invite you to watch this 13 minute film about the impact of Jewish genetic diseases on parents, children and families.  The video features the stories of a family who lost a child to Tay-Sachs, a family with two adult children with ML-4, and a woman living her life with Bloom’s Syndrome.

Please note:  Since this video was made, the list of diseases affecting persons of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage has increased from 16 to 19 and a list of 16 diseases affecting persons of Sephardic or Mizrahi Jewish heritage has been developed.  

Despite the updates to the disease lists, the message of this video remains the same:  Persons of Jewish heritage who are starting or adding to a family should be screened for the appropriate genetic diseases before they become pregnant.