Basser Center for BRCA

BRCA1 and BRCA2 Mutations in the Ashkenazi Jewish Community

The Basser Center for BRCA is dedicated to educating the Jewish community about the prevalence of BRCA1 and BRCA2. In collaboration with FORCE, Sharsheret, and Bright Pink, the Basser Center has provided posters to over 1500 synagogues.

Know the facts

Individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry (descendants from Eastern and Central Europe) have a 1 in 40 chance of carrying a BRCA gene mutation. This is at least a ten times greater probability than that of the general population.

Women who carry mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2 have up to an 80% risk of developing breast cancer and up to a 45% risk of developing ovarian cancer.

Men can also carry and pass these gene mutations on to their family, and also have increased cancer risks. There are many things that can be done to address and reduce your risk and save lives.

Read our BRCA Fact Sheet

Get a referral for a BRCA evaluation today: Understand Your Risk

Do you want a referral for BRCA1/2 genetic counseling in your area? Call (215) 662-2748 or email us today at You can also search the National Society of Genetic Counselors listings here.

Plan an awareness event in your area

Synagogues around the country are collaborating with the Basser Center for BRCA to deliver this message to the Jewish community.

Are you interested in bringing the message to your community? Contact Pamela Kline, Outreach Coordinator, for materials, ideas, and speakers to host your own event.

Watch the program video from Central Synagogue on YouTube here - Learn the Facts.

Listen to the podcast from the event Testing for Cancer Risk in the Jewish Population: A Community Conversation.

Visit our collaborators for additional support and information

Bright Pink website link website link Facing Our Risk of Cancer website link

Visit our partner organizations

Living Beyond Breast Cancer logoJewish Women's Foundation of Greater Philadelphia Logo Rodeph Shalom Logo
Cedars-Sinai Logo YU Einstein Health