The Jewish Genetic Disease Consortium (JGDC) increases awareness about Jewish genetic diseases and encourages timely and appropriate carrier screening for all persons who have any Jewish heritage, as well as couples of interfaith marriage. The JGDC is an alliance of not-for-profit organizations sharing the common goal of combating Jewish genetic diseases. While each JGDC member organization has its own individual mission, the JGDC unites these organizations so that we may jointly strengthen public education and awareness and appropriate carrier screening for all persons of Jewish heritage, whether Ashkenazi, Mizrahi, Sephardic, as well as couples of interfaith marriage.
Through its Medical Grand Rounds Program, Clergy Education Program and Jewish Community Program, the JGDC educates physicians, rabbis, Jews of all backgrounds and interfaith couples about Jewish genetic diseases. The goal is to decrease the incidence of Jewish genetic diseases and assure healthy Jewish families by increasing preconception carrier screening rates and promoting the understanding of reproductive options available to carrier couples.