Rabbis and Cantors

Programs for Rabbis and Cantors

Members of the Jewish clergy can play an important role in promoting timely and accurate carrier screening for all Jewish and interfaith couples.  The JGDC strongly urges discussing the importance of preconception carrier screening during premarital counseling sessions.  Please also share this information with other members of your congregation.

As rabbis, you do not need to be genetic counselors, but should have a basic understanding of Jewish genetic diseases, how they are passed down from parent to child, what the screening process involves and options available to carrier couples.

The JGDC is proud to introduce “Couples Aware”.  The Couples Aware program trains and empowers rabbis and cantors to discuss genetic disease carrier screening during premarital counseling sessions.  During the training, rabbis and cantors meet parents of children with genetic diseases, learn from a genetic counselor about the science behind screening and discuss the critical role rabbis and cantors can play in premarital counseling about genetic disease screening.   

If you are interested in having the JGDC present this program, please contact the JGDC by email at info@jewishgeneticdiseases.org or phone at 855-642-6900.

Programs for the Community

The “Community Program” educates the Jewish and interfaith communities about the role carrier screening plays in the prevention of genetic diseases.  Through videos, presentations and handouts, the JGDC helps people understand what Jewish genetic diseases are, what it means to be a carrier and what couples can do to maximize their chances of having healthy children. If you are interested in bringing this program to your community, please contact the JGDC by email at info@jewishgeneticdiseases.org or phone at 855-642-6900.