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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

Pink Out at the J for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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.

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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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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

Brunch & Book Talk with Samantha Harris

Harris,-Samantha---coverWednesday, November 14
Brunch: 11:30am-12:30pm
Book Talk: 1-2:
Jewish Federation of St. Louis
12 Millstone Campus Drive

TV personality and breast cancer survivor, Samantha Harris, shares her inspiring journey and plan for overcoming adversity in Your Healthiest Healthy. Sharsheret Supports and the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival invite you to meet Samantha at brunch, prior to her book talk. 

Space is Limited. For more information and to register, call Debbi Braunstein at 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.