Although I've made the title broad to include a wider gathering of Levant-based J2a folks, the majority of members of this group are in the J2a4h (L-24) haplogroup and match significantly on 37, 67 and/or 111 markers. There is a wonderful J-L24 project which you should also be a member of if you join this group, as this group is actually a subset of that larger group, focusing on those of us who are downstream of J-L25. (If all these letters and numbers are giving you a headache, don't worry about it!)
Many of us have also done the GENO 2.0 test, the Big Y and even the Full Genomes Corp. Y test...so we are getting more and better data by the minute!
We organized to answer the question of when, where, why and how we all connect. And our common ancestral migration story is shaping up to be nothing short of complex and fascinating!
Some of us had our DNA analyzed as early as 2001 and as the years have passed we've been exchanging family histories, comparing genetic notes etc. The group has grown to over 170 folks and things are getting more interesting by the minute. We've added a lot of SNP testing to the mix to refine our story even further. As mentioned above, we also work closely with our "mother" haplogroup project---the J-L24 group, which I highly recommend you join, if you haven't already.
There several subsets of this group that are of Jewish heritage with a cohanim tradition, but there are scores of members who are not and the diverse mix is significant and very valuable as we work towards our goal of identifying our clan's migrations and divergences over the last 500-2500 years.
Our current members range from all over the globe, including people with paternal origins in Italy, Spain, France, India, Turkey, Arabia, Tunisia, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Greece, Germany, Netherlands, England...to name just some of the places. Religious backgrounds (we are not focusing on practicing religions but on the religous-ethnic identity of oldest known ancestors) include Jewish, as mentioned above, as well as Christian (Catholic, Lutheran, Protestant, Syrian, you name it!), Muslim, Hindu, etc.
So if you are up for a wild ride into a diverse past via a genetic time machine...and your ydna haplogroup is J2a1 or one of its subclades, please join us!