On Yom Kippur, may you be sealed in the Book of Life for a happy and healthy New Year.

Yom Kippur Hours: 
Tuesday, September 18: 5:30am-5pm
Wednesday, September 19: Buildings Closed

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Nishmah – Sharsheret Supports

Support 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, and their families, who have been diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer and are anywhere along their treatment path – before, during or post treatment. Sharsheret Supports combines the spirit of Nishmah and the mission of Sharsheret to offer support in the St. Louis community to survivors and women who have been diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer, or, are at an increased genetic risk by fostering culturally-relevant, individualized connections with networks of peers, health professionals and related resources.

Sharsheret Supports – St. Louis has been 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 national Sharsheret organization. Through this distinguished partnership, we combine local cancer resources with Sharsheret’s vast national expertise and culturally-sensitive resource materials.


Debbi Braunstein

Events & Programs

Lynnie's Light for Life

The family of Lynne Isaacs Palan z”l, Nishmah and the J invite you to commemorate the life of an inspiring woman and celebrate the day Lynne loved most…her birthday. Join us in a spectacular display of love and hope in honor of Lynne and our commitment to those in need.

Lynnie’s Light for Life
A Community Wish Lantern Lighting
Wednesday, September 5,
The J’s Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
Day Camp Pavilion (Arts & Education Building in case of rain)
2 Millstone Campus Drive
Light refreshments and drinks

RSVP Online

Lynne was a founding leader of both Nishmah: The St. Louis Jewish Women’s Project and Sharsheret Supports St. Louis, a collaborative project of Nishmah and the national, not-for-profit Sharsheret organization. Proceeds from Lynnie’s Light for Life will ensure Sharsheret Supports is there for women and families in all stages of a breast or ovarian cancer journey—from understanding one’s hereditary risk to grappling with a diagnosis to undergoing treatment and managing life post-treatment. With your help, Sharsheret Supports saves and changes lives.

To attend and/or contribute to Lynnie’s Light for Life, please RSVP by August 24. Entry is free and open to all ages. Wish lanterns are available for purchase with a tax-deductible donation of $100 per lantern. Lanterns will be distributed and personally dedicated in honor or memory of loved ones the night of the event.

For questions or to learn more about lighting a lantern from afar, contact Shira Kraft at 314-442-3111.

St. Louis Ovarian Cancer: Survive and Shine

Sharsheret Supports in partnership with St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness (SLOCA) and Cancer Support Community host a day of learning and inspiration. Managing side-effects and distress, integrative therapies, genetics and updates in treatment and research will be among the sessions geared towards ovarian cancer survivors and their caregivers. Keynote speaker, Jonna Tamases, performs her award-winning solo act, Jonna’s Body, Please Hold, an emotionally riveting, yet comical look at Jonna’s own cancer journey. A complimentary kosher breakfast and lunch is included.

Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
Sunday, September 23, 9am-1pm
Free, but RSVP required at sloca.org/shine

Contact: Debbi Braunstein, 314.442.3266

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Knowledge is power, and knowing saves lives. Join the J’s Sharsheret Supports program for a month of awareness: awareness of Sharsheret’s mission and how the program supports and educates the community and promotes awareness of hereditary cancer risks and more.

Education can help with early detection or, perhaps, can spare a diagnosis. Sharsheret exists to help control the journey through information and resources about breast and ovarian cancer.

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Learn more about Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the J, click here.

Debbi Braunstein, 314.442.3266

Pink Out at the J

A Morning of Wellness and Exercise

Join Sharsheret Supports as we culminate Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a marathon of fitness classes of varying impact and intensity levels and suitable for all ages. Learn to advocate for your best, healthiest self and increase your awareness of the heightened risk of hereditary cancers. Find out how Sharsheret Supports can help you, a family member or friend facing breast or ovarian cancer.

Class schedule to be announced soon!

This event is free and open to the public (donations welcome), so put on your best pink workout clothes, bring your friends and enjoy the day with us!

More information coming soon!

Debbi Braunstein, 314.442.3266

Sharsheret Supports Educational & Support Group

This monthly group provides support, connection and education to women in the St. Louis Jewish community who have been diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer and are anywhere along their treatment path – before, during, or post treatment. Facilitated by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Newcomers are always welcome along with female family and friends. A light kosher dinner is served.

Third Wednesday of each month
Staenberg Family Complex / Creve Coeur
FREE but RSVP required
Debbi Braunstein, 314.442.3266

Sharsheret Supports One-on-One Peer Support Connection

This one-on-one peer support system connects individuals who are diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer with others who share similar diagnoses and experiences. Take advantage of this opportunity to connect with others who have experienced similar health challenges and can offer support and advice.

For more information, contact Debbi Braunstein, 314.442.3266.

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 are also the conduit for sharing information regarding our available support programs and resources. 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.

For more information, contact Debbi Braunstein, 314.442.3266.