Chicago Center for Jewish Genetic Disorders

Brief Agency Overview

The Chicago Center for Jewish Genetic Disorders (CCJGD) has been providing education and programming to the Jewish, professional and general communities since 1999. The Center's mission is to empower community members to seek out information and prevention strategies for Jewish genetic disorders and hereditary cancers. CCJGD translates laboratory discoveries into accessible information for the Jewish community, health care providers, rabbis and the general public while striving to raise awareness through education, screening and prevention programs, an information and referral help line, and advocacy. 

Grant Summary

Since 1999, MRHT has supported the Center with grants totaling nearly $2.3 million dollars. MRHT also engaged the consultant who worked with the Center's founding partners (Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, Children's Memorial Hospital and the Illinois Jewish Genetic Disorders Committee) to design the Center and develop its first grant proposal. 

Grant Amount

$2,279,131 over 12 years 

Grant Goals

  • To ensure operating support for the Center
  • To provide an incentive for an endowment to achieve long-term financial stability 


  • 143 Center educational programs have reached thousands of Jewish young adults, women and families, rabbis, healthcare professionals and the general public about Jewish genetic disorders.
  • Over 200 physicians and allied healthcare professionals attended Center-sponsored continuing medical education symposia on Jewish genetic disorders between 2002 and 2006.
  • The Center's print materials have reached a national audience: "A Young Couple's Guide to Jewish Genetic Disorders and Screening" was adapted by the Genzyme Corportaion for national distribution, and "Jewish Genetic Disorders: What You Should Know" was used by the Mayo Clinic as part of its national patient education series.
  • Close to 600,000 visitors from over 25 different countries have visited the Center's website since its creation, downloading 48,466 files in the past two years alone. 

Contact Info

Karen Litwack, Director
Chicago Center for Jewish Genetic Disorders
Ben Gurion Way
30 S. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60606

Ph: 312-357-4718