Press Release

Taking Control of Your Financial Health During and After a Health Crisis Live Roundtable Discussion

Contact:    Elana Silber, Director of Operations
                Telephone: 866.474.2774

Teaneck, New Jersey (October 11, 2012) — Sharsheret, a national not-for-profit organization supporting young women and their families, of all Jewish backgrounds, facing breast cancer, will present a free and live roundtable discussion for women and families:

“Taking Control of Your Financial Health During and After a Health Crisis”
Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
UJA Federation of New York, 130 East 59th Street, Room 710, New York City
A light kosher dinner will be served and an audio recording and transcript will be posted online following the event at

The expert panel will feature financial advisor Rena Cole, disability lawyer Gabe Hermann, insurance expert Joanna Morales, and estate planner Jodi Scherl, and will be moderated by Sharsheret’s Clinical Supervisor, Shera Dubitsky.  The event will also include a Sharsheret peer supporter who will share her personal experience navigating the complicated world of financial health while she faced a serious illness.  A live question and answer session will follow the presentations.

“While advances in medical technology mean Jewish women may have a better chance of physically surviving serious illness, the overwhelming financial issues associated with treatment and recovery can be devastating to their financial health, particularly during these challenging economic times,” said Director of Operations Elana Silber.  “The roundtable discussion will not only equip women and families with information, but also with the tools they need to proactively address their long-term financial, insurance, and estate needs.” 

Seating is limited and pre-registration is required.  To register, email or call toll-free 866.474.2774.  This program is made possible with generous support from the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York.


Sharsheret, Hebrew for “chain”, is a national not-for-profit organization supporting young women and their families, of all Jewish backgrounds, facing breast cancer. Our mission is to offer a community of support to women diagnosed with breast cancer or at increased genetic risk, by fostering culturally-relevant individualized connections with networks of peers, health professionals, and related resources.

Since Sharsheret’s founding in 2001, we have responded to more than 25,000 breast cancer inquiries, involved more than 1,600 peer supporters, and presented over 250 educational programs nationwide.  Sharsheret supports young Jewish women and families facing breast cancer at every stage – before, during, and after diagnosis.  We help women and families connect to our community in the way that feels most comfortable, taking into consideration their stage of life, diagnosis, or treatment, as well as their connection to Judaism.  We also provide educational resources, offer specialized support to those facing ovarian cancer or at high risk of developing cancer, and create programs for women and families to improve their quality of life.  All Sharsheret programs are open to all women and men. 

Sharsheret offers the following national programs:

The Link Program
•    Peer Support Network, connecting women newly diagnosed or at high risk of developing breast cancer one-on-one with others who share similar diagnoses and experiences
•    Embrace™, supporting women living with advanced breast cancer
•    Genetics for Life™, addressing hereditary breast and ovarian cancer
•    Busy Box™, for young parents facing breast cancer
•    Best Face Forward®, addressing the cosmetic side effects of treatment
•    Family Focus®, providing resources and support for caregivers and family members
•    Ovarian Cancer Program, tailored resources and support for young Jewish women and families facing ovarian cancer
•    Sharsheret Supports™, developing local support groups and programs

Education and Outreach Programs
•    Health Care Symposia, on issues unique to younger women facing breast cancer
•    Sharsheret on Campus™, outreach and education to students on campus
•    Sharsheret Educational Resource Booklet Series, culturally-relevant publications for Jewish women and their families and healthcare professionals

© Sharsheret 2012
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