Egg Donor Request: “Must be Jewish, but White”
Posted by Oyster on September 19, 2007
An odd posting on BayJews caught my eye. A woman was writing about her and her partner’s infertility problem, which they believe stems from her age. So they are seeking out a willing egg donor. Now that’s all fine and good, nothing that I haven’t seen before. But then this part caught my eye:
Ethnicity: Western European (Caucasian)
Now, most American Jews are either of Eastern European descent (Ashkenazim, at least within the past 400 years), or Sephardim, which come from the Mediterranean / North Africa. So what is this person doing on a Jewish bulletin board, putting those kind of restrictions on their target donor? If they’re posting it on BayJews, then they might want the baby to be Halakhicly Jewish (though, I’m not up-to-speed on what is the Halakha on egg donors and Jewishness; the egg donor or the birth-mother decides?). Further hinting at their Jewishness is their use of the phrase “ACT OF LOVING KINDNESS” in the title, which is a staple in Jewish ethics.
So what’s going on here?