Spreading Breast Cancer Awareness on Campus

By Maya Katz

Posted on 04th February 2010

Sharsheret, Hebrew for “chain,” was founded in 2001 by Rochelle Shoretz, a former Law Clerk to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who recognized the need for a Jewish breast cancer organization after her own diagnosis at age 28.  Since then, Sharsheret has reached out to young Jewish women in their 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer or at high risk of developing breast cancer by targeting Jewish organizations, synagogues, and health care professionals with resource information and materials. 

Recent outreach efforts indicated that many young adults today are deeply touched by the high incidence of breast cancer in the Jewish community as well as by the breast cancers of their own mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, and cousins.  Teenagers and college students are seeking information about breast cancer and guidance about ways they can protect themselves and others in the Jewish community.  With support from JChoice, Sharsheret on Campus will be able to continue and expand this vital outreach to thousands of Jewish students across the country, empower them to raise breast cancer awareness amongst their peers, and educate them about breast health and the importance of early detection.


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