Cancer Support At Every Stage

Sharsheret, a national non-profit organization, improves the lives of Jewish women and families living with or at increased genetic risk for breast or ovarian cancer through personalized support and saves lives through educational outreach.

While our expertise is in young women and Jewish families as related to breast cancer and ovarian cancer, Sharsheret programs serve all women and men.









Details About Association

Rochelle Lee Shoretz founded Sharsheret in November 2001, when she was 28 years old, after being diagnosed with breast cancer four months earlier.

Shoretz had a successful career as a lawyer after attending Columbia Law School and completed a clerkship with US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was also a mother of two and a leader in the Jewish community. She died in 2015 at the age of 42.

Shoretz’ stated that her own experience with breast cancer was her inspiration for Sharsheret. While undergoing treatment, “she yearned to talk with a young woman like herself, someone with young children who had experienced breast cancer, someone Jewish. After a long search she found Lauryn Weiser”.

The organization pairs women diagnosed with cancer so as to offer specialized support for members and Shoretz has noted that she feels that “true support needs to be tailored”, as support “is not just about cancer and the disease itself, but about your life with cancer”.

The Joshua Venture fellowship assisted in the founding of Sharsheret. The fellowship provided resources such as funding and mentoring to select entrepreneurs for two years. Among the first entrepreneurs selected by this program was Rochelle Lee Shoretz, which allowed her to develop Sharsheret.

The organization has an On Campus division and an On Campus Leadership Training to help high school and college students understand the risks associated with breast cancer. Sharsheret is currently on 250 campuses in America, and has 12 national support and education programs.

The organization also create awareness programs that include Pink Day, Pink Shabbats, Pink Challah Bakes and more.

Focus Areas

Why are we taking action & What are we doing?

Contact our clinical team of trained, skilled mental health professionals and genetic counselors to speak privately at any point in the cancer journey.
Our Peer Support Network connects women newly diagnosed or at high risk of developing breast cancer or ovarian cancer one-on-one with others who share similar diagnoses and experiences.
If you have a strong family history of cancer, have considered genetic counseling for yourself or your children, or have opted for genetic testing, we can help.
Learn how to guide your children through the cancer journey with the Sharsheret Busy Box. Each Busy Box includes resource materials to educate parents about the impact of breast cancer on children.
Learn how to address the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation with our Best Face Forward Kit.
Best Face Forward 2.0 provides services and subsidies for eligible individuals for non-medical services that are critical to a woman’s quality of life.

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