Judaism and Fertility
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Q. What is Jewish Surrogacy and Egg Donation?
A. Jewish Surrogacy and Egg Donation allows Jewish Intended
Parents to use the services of a surrogate or egg donor to expand their
Q. Why do Jewish Intended Parents need this type of service?
A. Most Jewish Intended Parents do not. However, many Jewish
Intended Parents who are of the Orthodox faith, or who live in the
country of Israel absolutely need a Jewish Surrogate or egg donor, in
order to follow the Halakhic views of their Rabbi.
Q. What is the reason for these views?
A. These views are guidelines for Jewish Intended Parents who want
their child-to-be considered Jewish in the eyes of the Jewish faith,
without the need of conversion. As well,a child born Jewish reaps the
benefits of being a Jewish citizen, in Israel. However, each Rabbi may
have their own rules about using a surrogate or egg donor,based on
their own individual interpretations of Jewish law.
Q. Give me an example of rules that must be followed by these
A. Examples include:
1) A surrogate must be unmarried.
2) A surrogate must be Jewish based on her mother being Jewish and
her maternal grandmother being Jewish.
3) The egg donor must be Jewish based on her mother being Jewish,
and her maternal grandmother being Jewish.
Q. How can we prove a surrogate or egg donor is Jewish?
A. It is helpful and sometimes important to have some type of
documentation that the surrogate or egg donor is Jewish. Documents
showing maiden names of the surrogate's mother and grandmother,
Bat Mitzvah documentation, or the Donor's Parents' Ketubbah, can be
very helpful. For some Rabbis, documentation is not needed.
Q. How easy is it to find a Jewish surrogate or egg donor?
A. Unfortunately it is very difficult to find a Jewish Surrogate or egg
donor. The demand is much higher than the supply. It can take many
months to find a Jewish surrogate if not longer. It is much easier to
find a Jewish egg donor, but again the demand is much greater than
Q. How can Fertility Alternatives, Inc. help?
A. Fertility Alternatives specializes in Jewish matches. It does take
time to find the right Jewish surrogate or egg donor, however, being
Jewish myself, and experiencing first hand what it is like to be
surrogate and egg donor, I know just the right places to look.
It is important to me to find more Jewish women out there who want
to help infertile couples and individuals. It is a Mitzvah!