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Nishmah – Sharsheret

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 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

Breast Cancer Awareness Month & Day of Fitness

Join us on October 29, 2017, at the Staenberg Family Complex in Creve Coeur for a morning of awareness and fitness! We’re kicking off the day with a special selection of group exercise classes. Stay for one class or all, win raffle prizes, learn about Sharsheret and support those in our community facing cancer.

8am – Extreme Conditioning
9am – Yoga
10:30am – Extreme Conditioning
11:30am – Rock-in’ Pink Zumba
12:30pm – Rock-in’ Pink Zumba

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! Snacks and beverages will be provided.

View the event page for full details.

Throughout the month of October, visit the J for informational resources about breast cancer risks and resources.

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
October 18, November 15, December 20
Staenberg Family Complex / Creve Coeur
FREE but RSVP required

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.