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Nishmah – Sharsheret Supports STL

Sharsheret Supports STL is a program of the J’s Nishmah and a partner of the national, not-for-profit Sharsheret organization. Sharsheret – Hebrew for “chain or link” – symbolizes the connections made among women and their families facing a breast or ovarian cancer diagnosis. Sharsheret also educates women and men in the Jewish community regarding their increased hereditary cancer risks due to their increased propensity to carry a BRCA gene mutation. All Sharsheret Supports STL programs available locally and through the national Sharsheret organization, are FREE, confidential, individualized and culturally relevant.

Sharsheret Supports STL is grateful for and dependent upon the generosity of our donors. While we operate under the umbrella of the J’s Nishmah program, our funding model requires us to be a self-sustaining program, which means we have to raise the dollars needed to cover the costs associated with our support and educational programming. Your gift supports women, and their families, facing a breast or ovarian cancer diagnosis, and educates the Jewish community regarding the increased hereditary cancer risks this population faces.

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Debbi Braunstein, Sharsheret Supports STL Program Supervisor

Events & Programs

Let's Talk About Men

Sharsheret Supports STL Presents
Let’s Talk About Men
Understanding and Managing Hereditary Cancer Risk
Tuesday, February 15, 7pm
Virtual Event (link provided the week of the event)
Open to all men and women

Register Online

  • Medical professionals explain why hereditary cancer is not just a woman’s issue and what the breast cancer gene (BRCA) means for men.
  • Men with a hereditary cancer gene mutation (BRCA, CHEK2, etc.) are at a greater risk for developing cancer including prostate, colon, pancreatic and others.

Expert Panel

  • Suzanne Mahon, RN DNSC, AOCN, AGN-BC FAAN, Saint Louis University Hematology and Oncology
  • Jacob Ark, MD – Urologist, Urology of St. Louis, Focus on localized and advanced prostate cancer
  • Lynne Kipnis, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Sharsheret Supports STL Advisory Committee Chair
  • Plus a personal story about what it means to be a male with a BRCA gene mutation

This is a free event. RSVP online.

Register Online

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 Jewish 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.

Third Wednesday of each month
Via Zoom until further notice
For more information, contact Debbi Braunstein, 314.442.3266

Peer Connections

Peer Connections

This confidential one-on-one peer support system connects individuals who are newly diagnosed, survivors, or at risk 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 friendship. With Sharsheret you never have to feel alone.

For more information, contact Debbi Braunstein, 314.442.3266.

Oncology Massage and Yoga for Cancer

Oncology Massage and Yoga for Cancer

The J is proud to offer two services dedicated to helping people cope with the symptoms and side effects of a cancer experience: Yoga for Cancer and Oncology Massage. Patients whose non-medical needs are met have better medical outcomes. With that in mind, these services are available for anyone living with cancer and who have spoken with their medical treatment team prior to participation.

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