Over the past week, nearly 800 young men and women participated in Dor Yeshorim’s mass screening event, significantly exceeding previous records! Dor Yeshorim’s lifesaving work in this ever-growing community helps ensure the health of Klal Yisroel’s future generations.

During the last two weeks of December, Dor Yeshorim team members visited eleven girls’ schools and yeshivos around Lakewood, screening more than 500 young adults. Then, on this past Thursday, December 31st, 2015, close to 300 young men from many of Lakewood’s mesivtos and botei medrash participated in a mass genetic testing event at the Yeshiva Ketana Hall – a number double that of the turnout from the last year’s event!

Dor Yeshorim arranges mass screenings in over 400 schools in eleven countries across the globe. Over the past year, more than 22,000 young men and women have been screened by Dor Yeshorim’s comprehensive genetic testing program, making this lifesaving organization a vital part of worldwide shidduch protocol.

Dor Yeshorim’s streamlined genetic screening approach makes the testing process smooth and simple. This pioneering organization spends many months in advance carefully coordinating its visit to each school. Five Dor Yeshorim staff members and four phlebotomists attended the screenings.

Dor Yeshorim’s genetic screening program makes it simple for young adults to confirm their compatibility before they meet for the first time. “I know of certain cases where young couples met and only found out that they were both carriers of Tay Sachs once they had already gone out a number of times. And it was devastating,” says Mrs. Chavi Ehrlich of Bais Yaakov of Lakewood. “This past week, Dor Yeshorim came down to Bais Yaakov High School to conduct its annual genetic screening. By testing our girls and encouraging them to confirm compatibility before they begin going out, we have the peace of mind in knowing that they can be saved from later anguish.”

Not too long ago, there were hundreds of families that suffered with children born with Tay Sachs and other genetic diseases. “I had a friend who had a child who was born with Tay Sachs,” Mrs. Ehrlich recalls. “It was heartbreaking so see this beautiful child deteriorate day by day. Dor Yeshorim’s work in eradicating these diseases is a major breakthrough for Klal Yisroel. They have mastered the process, administering the tests compassionately, efficiently and at an extremely low cost.”

Mr. Avi Weiss, a phlebotomist for Dor Yeshorim for more than 25 years describes his work: “I go into schools a couple of times a month to screen our community’s young adults for various genetic diseases. My mother was a Holocaust survivor who never thought she would make it through the war and raise a beautiful family. When I go into schools and see how many healthy young men and women we have in this generation, I feel a sense of excitement and gratitude. It means so much to me that I have the z’chus to be a part of this trailblazing organization whose mission is to preserve Klal Yisroel’s legacy.”

In addition to Dor Yeshorim’s standard screening program, this organization answers the call of thousands of families every year, concerned with genetic issues that can affect their children and their shidduchim. Dor Yeshorim is the go-to source for any genetic question, providing professional, compassionate and sensitive guidance and referrals. Dor Yeshorim even sits down with Rabbanim and community leaders to train them to be able to guide constituents whose families are currently affected with genetic disease, as well as couples that have been found to be incompatible.

Dor Yeshorim also does everything in its power to help the hundreds of families each year whose children were r’l born with rare genetic disorders. These families know that they can reach out to Dor Yeshorim for all their needs. Dor Yeshorim spends enormous effort and financial resources conducting extensive research, collecting data samples from siblings, parents and grandparents, and performing testing for each individual family to identify the exact genetic mutation. The organization’s dedicated team members then put measures into place to ensure that these families can have healthy future generations.
Dor Yeshorim’s research is ongoing. With each new disease and mutation discovered, Dor Yeshorim invests in cutting-edge technology to conduct more advanced research and testing. In this way, they can ensure the peace of mind of Klal Yisroel’s couples as they stand under the chuppah, knowing they are protecting from the many debilitating genetic diseases that have previously affected Klal Yisroel’s families.

For further information about Dor Yeshorim’s programs, please contact Dor Yeshorim at: 718-384-6060, email info@doryeshorim.org or visit doryeshorim.org.