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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

Understand Cancer Risk: Genetics and More

Understand Cancer Risk: Genetics and More
Tuesday, April 24, 7-9pm
Staenberg Family Complex, Arts & Education Building, Creve Coeur

Sharsheret Supports presents an evening to positively influence your health now and in the future. This educational program features Suzanne Mahon, genetics-certified nurse, who will discuss the newest research in genetics, including increased cancer risk for Ashkenazi Jews. Explore common misconceptions that fuel confusion, why your family history matters and options for genetic testing. Hear a pre-vivor’s personal journey and ask your questions in a Q&A. Refreshments served.

This event is free and open to the public.

Register Online

For assistance with registration, call 314.442.3110.

PLUS: Women in their 20s and 30s are invited at 6pm to join Nerot: Young Women of Nishmah for a FREE, pre-event dinner and conversation with Kathy Bearman, LCSW. In this intimate space we’ll discuss issues relevant to young women, such as assessing one’s risk and supporting friends and family through cancer treatment. Kosher, dairy dinner served. RSVP by April 17 to Simone Picker, 314.442.3166.

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.