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Nishmah – Sharsheret

Sharsheret Supports is a collaborative project of Nishmah and the national Sharsheret organization. Sharsheret – Hebrew for “chain” – is a national, not-for-profit organization that supports Jewish women who are facing breast cancer or ovarian cancer and their families. Sharsheret Supports combines the spirit of Nishmah and the mission of Sharsheret to offer support in the St. Louis Jewish community to survivors and women who have been diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer, or who are at an increased genetic risk by fostering culturally-relevant, individualized connections with networks of peers, health professionals and related resources.

Sharsheret was recently selected as a national Sharsheret Partner of Excellence in recognition of our successful community-based breast cancer and ovarian cancer support and education programs that we coordinate with the guidance of Sharsheret staff. Through this distinguished partnership, we combine local cancer resources with Sharsheret’s vast national expertise and culturally-sensitive resource materials.


Lynne Palan

Debbi Braunstein

Events & Programs

Ovarian Cancer Awarness Kick-Off Event with Lisa Friedman Clark

Join Sharsheret to kick off Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month with a special luncheon with Lisa Friedman Clark. Hear Lisa’s amazing life story, from surviving ovarian cancer in her 20s to the tragic loss of her husband in the 9/11 attacks. Her ability to never stop believing and achieving will inspire everyone!

When: August 31, 11:45am
Where: Home of Merle Fox (address provided upon registration)
Registration: Free
RSVP to Lynne Palan by August 28

Dietary laws observed. 

Sharsheret Supports Educational & Support Group

This support group meets once a month with an educational and support component each time. Women who are breast cancer survivors or newly diagnosed and/or undergoing treatment are encouraged to join. A light kosher dinner is served.

Third Wednesday of each month
September 13*, October 18, November 15, December 20
Staenberg Family Complex / Creve Coeur
FREE but RSVP required

*early due to Rosh Hashanah

Sharsheret Supports Peer Connection

This one-to-one buddy system connects Jewish individuals who are newly diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer to breast or ovarian cancer survivors and/or their family members. Take advantage of this opportunity to connect with others who have experienced similar health challenges and are further along in the process.

By appointment

Sharsheret Supports Ambassador

Sharsheret Supports is seeking interested individuals to serve as “ambassadors” to raise awareness of the increased risk of hereditary cancers within the Jewish community. Ambassadors will be the conduit for information to Jewish organizations and congregations in the community. Ambassadors don’t need to be experts, but rather community members who want to learn about the issues and spread the word to educate others in the community.