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Jewish Community Center

The Hamsa Wellness Community

The Hamsa Wellness Community is a program at the J and a community partner of the national nonprofit Sharsheret organization. The Hamsa Wellness Community educates individuals regarding hereditary cancer risks, especially those of Ashkenazi Jewish, who have an increased risk of carrying a hereditary cancer gene mutation, and supports those facing a cancer diagnosis – especially those with breast and ovarian cancer – anywhere along their journey. All support and educational programs available locally or through Sharsheret are FREE, confidential, and individualized. The Hamsa Wellness Community welcomes the full spectrum of diversity and supports all who reach out. These programs are available to members of the J and the public.


Debbi Braunstein, Hamsa Wellness Community Director

Events & Programs

Breast & Ovarian Cancer Monthly Support Group

Breast & Ovarian Cancer Monthly Support Group

This monthly group at the J provides support, connection and education to women in the St. Louis community who have been diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer and are anywhere along their treatment path – before, during, or post treatment. The group periodically welcomes guests offering meaningful and relevant experiential activities. Facilitated by Kathy Bearman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Newcomers (members and public) are always welcome along with female family and friends. A light kosher dinner is served.

Third Wednesday of each month
Staenberg Family Complex

For more information, contact Debbi Braunstein, 314.442.3266

Yoga for Cancer

Yoga for Cancer

Yoga for Cancer is a research-based specialized yoga methodology addressing the specific physical and emotional needs left by cancer and its treatments. This method is gentle and restorative and focuses on movement and breath and the special needs of current cancer patients and survivors. Trained teachers adapt this valuable methodology to all cancer types and stages.

Virtual: Fridays at 11:30am-12:45pm taught by Emily Elizabeth Steinberg
This virtual class builds community and creates a safe space from the comfort and privacy of your home. Incorporates additional breathwork, mindfulness meditation and visualization practices alongside the gentle and restorative poses and practices.

In-Person: Thursdays at 4-5:15pm taught by Stacia Hanna (Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur)
This in-person class builds community and creates a safe space while being together with other class participants. In addition to focusing on movement and breath, provides hands-on instructional opportunities to modify the gentle and restorative poses to accommodate individual needs.

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Oncology Massage

Oncology Massage

Oncology massage is a specialized, non-invasive therapy that helps one manage the symptoms of cancer and side effects of treatment. It uses a light touch along with slow, steady movements, and is intended to help the body relax. A safe massage plan generally revolves around the side effects (both short – and long-term) of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

60-minute oncology massages provided by licensed massage therapist properly trained in oncology.


$70 per 60 minutes

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Sharsheret National Resources

As a community partner of the national Sharsheret organization, we connect individuals to Sharsheret national so they can participate in a variety of free, individualized and confidential resources that include but are not limited to the following:

  • A peer support network connecting women newly diagnosed or at high risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer one-on-one with others who share similar diagnoses and experiences
  • Program for parents facing breast cancer or ovarian cancer while raising children or teens
  • Services and subsidies for eligible individuals for non-medical services that are critical to a women’s quality of life and body image, and that are only partly covered by insurance companies, if at all
  • Information and tailored resources for caregivers’ family members, and friends to help support their loved ones facing cancer
  • Individualized support and survivorship kits for breast and ovarian cancer survivors

For a complete list of programs available through Sharsheret national, visit their website.

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Beyond Pink

Beyond Pink: A Morning of Exercise, Education & Wellness

November 12, 10am-1pm
Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur

This free special day of exercise, wellness, and education is a great way to honor Ovarian Cancer Awareness (September) and Breast Cancer Awareness (October) Months, as well as commit to being the healthiest version of you! Join us for Zumba, Tai Chi, family-friendly class  (children aged 6-12 and parents), Fit for Life: How To? and more.

Partners in the community will also be on-site to share information on cancer and hereditary risks, non-medical financial assistance, clean skincare and more. Enjoy complimentary massages, snacks and enter to win raffle prizes.

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