Press Release

Free National Symposium Addresses Health Care Reform

Contact: Elana Silber, Director of Operations
Telephone: 201.833.2341

Teaneck, New Jersey (March 3, 2014) - Sharsheret, a national not-for-profit organization supporting young women and their families, of all Jewish backgrounds, facing breast cancer will present a free national symposium via teleconference and webinar, "Health Care Reform: How Does It Affect Me", on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 8:00 p.m. (EST). An audio recording and written transcript will be posted online following the symposium at

The symposium will feature presentations about changes to our health care in the wake of the Affordable Care Act.  Expert panelists include Monica Bryant, Esq., Chief Operating Officer of Triage Cancer, and Joanna Morales, Esq., Chief Executive Officer of Triage Cancer.  Shera Dubitsky, MEd, MA, Sharsheret’s Director of Clinical Support, will discuss the opportunities and challenges that health care reform presents for Jewish women and families facing serious illness, particularly for those with concerns about breast and ovarian preventive care, screening, treatment, and follow-up care.  A live question and answer session will follow the presentations.
“Changes to our health care structure have raised questions and concerns for the women and families who reach out to Sharsheret for support,” said Director of Clinical Programs Adina Fleischmann.  “The upcoming symposium will provide critical information and guidance that will allow women and families facing serious illness to maintain financial health and wellness while navigating the new health care system.” 

To register for the symposium and for log-in instructions, visit or call toll-free 866.474.2774.  This symposium is made possible with generous support from the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York. 


About Sharsheret

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 30,000 breast cancer inquiries, involved more than 2,500 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
•    EmbraceTM, supporting women living with advanced breast cancer
•    Genetics for Life®, addressing hereditary breast and ovarian cancer
•    Thriving Again®, providing individualized support, education, and survivorship plans for young breast cancer survivors
•    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 SupportsTM, 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 2014