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 and are anywhere along their treatment path – before, during or post treatment. Sharsheret also educates the Jewish community regarding the increased hereditary cancer risks this population faces due to their increased propensity to carry a BRCA gene mutation. Sharsheret Supports STL offers culturally-relevant, individualized connections with networks of peers, health professionals, and related resources locally and through the national Sharsheret organization.
Sharsheret Supports STL has been recognized as a partner of excellence for its successful community-based breast and ovarian cancer support and their education programming regarding increased heredity cancer risks in coordination with the national Sharsheret organization. Sharsheret Supports STL combines local cancer resources with Sharsheret National’s vast national expertise and culturally-sensitive resource materials.
Debbi Braunstein, Sharsheret Supports STL Program Supervisor
Events & Programs
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
Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
Via Zoom until further notice
For more information, contact Debbi Braunstein, 314.442.3266
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
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.
Lynnie Palan (z”l) was a pioneer and leader of Sharsheret Supports St. Louis, a collaborative project of Nishmah and the national, not-for-profit Sharsheret organization supporting individuals and families living with, or at increased genetic risk of developing cancer. Lynnie lost her battle to breast cancer on April 10, 2018, but her legacy lives on through the continuing work of Sharsheret Supports.
Pink Out at the J
A morning of exerecise, education and Wellness for Cancer Awareness and Support culminating the month of October, traditionally known as breast cancer awareness month.