Top 10 Jewish DNA Tests

Can a DNA swab test tell me if I am Jewish? Judaism is a religion and there is no test that says one person is Jewish and another is not. There are tests however that check for similarities between your DNA and the DNA of people with Jewish ancestry or possibly a Cohen.

There are also certain markers that point to possible links to the Cohanim, the priestly tribe of Judaism. The most common test is to see if a male carries the marker, which is also carried by a large amount of Cohanim (priests, also written as Kohanim). This test checks the Y chromosomes which are passed from father to son and can point to the possibility that a male ancestor was descended from Aaron, the first High Priest and brother of Moses. This test does not determine religion, because according to Orthodox and Conservative Judaism, religion is passed from mother to child, not from father to child. Reform Judaism has a different approach and also looks at patralineal descent. If the mother is Jewish and you carry the marker then it points to the fact that you are likely a Cohen (priest) although somewhere along the way the transmission may have been interrupted despite that one carries the marker.

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Family Tree DNA Family Finder

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Click to add your review Family Finder is an autosomal DNA test that automatically finds your relatives within 5 ...

User Rating: 4.82 (141 votes)
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2 Family Tree DNA mtDNA

Family Tree DNA mtDNA

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3 AncestryDNA

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User Rating: 4.68 (28 votes)
4 MyHeritage DNA Test

MyHeritage DNA Test

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User Rating: 4.78 (27 votes)
5 Choice DNA Testing – Ancestry Lab Testing

Choice DNA Testing – Ancestry Lab Testing

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6 23 and Me

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User Rating: 4.65 (26 votes)
7 Genebase – Combo Ancestry Tests

Genebase – Combo Ancestry Tests

Standard Combo Ancestry Package (Y-DNA 20 STR Marker + mtDNA HVR1 Test) We have not reviewed this DNA test yet. ...

User Rating: 4.02 (6 votes)
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8 Living DNA Ancestry Test

Living DNA Ancestry Test

One of the newer ancestry labs on the market, Living DNA says that their report provides over twice the detail of other ...

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9 Pathway Genomics – BRCATrue® Ashkenazi Jewish (3-Site)

Pathway Genomics – BRCATrue® Ashkenazi Jewish (3-Site)

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10 Metaphase Paternity Test – DNA Ancestry Test

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DNA Ancestry Testing allows you to discover your deep ancestral roots using genetic genealogy. Find out where your ...

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