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Nishmah – Sharsheret Supports

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

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.

Oncology Massage

Massage therapy has many benefits, but Oncology massage is a form of specialized, non-invasive therapy that helps one manage the stresses of cancer treatment. It uses a light touch along with slow, steady movements, and is intended to help the body relax. Therapists are specifically trained for this type of massage and understand how to work around ports and other medical devices.
Oncology massage benefits are intended to include:

  • Improved ability to tolerate cancer treatment side effects, including pain and nausea
  • Improved sleep
  • Less chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (numbness)
  • Less stress and anxiety
  • Improved overall quality of life

Beginning October 2019
Pricing: TBD

For more information, please call the Massage Service Desk at 314-442-3144.