Press Release

The Whole Picture: A Holistic Approach to Breast Health and Breast Cancer Sharsheret National Symposium

Elana Silber, Director of Operations
Telephone: (866) 474-2774

The Whole Picture: A Holistic Approach to Breast Health and Breast Cancer
Sharsheret National Symposium
Teaneck, New Jersey (May 18, 2011) - Sharsheret, a national not-for-profit organization supporting young Jewish women and their families, of all backgrounds, facing breast cancer, willpresent a free national symposium via teleconference and webinar, "The Whole Picture: A Holistic Approach to Breast Health and Breast Cancer," Wednesday, June 1, 2011, 8:00 p.m. (EDT).  An audio recording and written transcript will be posted online following the symposium at 

The symposium will feature Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, founder and president of Gaynor Integrative Oncology, who will present the concept of healing the whole person before, during and after breast cancer treatment.  Lisa Goldberg, MS, RD, CDN will discuss integrating nutrition and exercise with a focus on breast health, and Shera Dubitsky, MEd, MA will explore the Jewish perspective for a holistic approach to wellness.  A Sharsheret volunteer and peer supporter will share her experience integrating holistic approaches in her personal breast cancer journey.  

"1 in 40 Jews of Ashkenazi descent is at increased risk of developing breast cancer.  Therefore, breast health is a critical concern for the women and families of Sharsheret.  Sharsheret callers often ask, "What more can we do to help ourselves?" said Director of Operations Elana Silber.  "With cultural sensitivity and understanding, Sharsheret's symposium will explore ways in which young Jewish women can benefit from a holistic approach to breast heath and breast cancer." 

Following the panelists' presentations, there will be an opportunity to pose questions during the question and answer session.  All participants will remain anonymous. 

To register for the symposium and for dial-in instructions, please e-mail or call toll-free (866) 474-2774.  This teleconference was made possible with generous support from the Julius and Emmy Hamburger Memorial Fund and The Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.

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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 23,000 breast cancer inquiries, involved more than 1,100 peer supporters, and presented over 200 educational programs nationwide. Sharsheret now offers a continuum of care for the Jewish community - addressing the needs of those who are concerned about the risk of breast cancer in their family, those who have been diagnosed with the disease and are undergoing treatment, and those who face issues of survivorship or recurrence.
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, to address the cosmetic side effects of treatment
· Sharsheret Supports, assisting in launching and helping to sustain local support groups
· 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

Education and Outreach Programs
· Health Care Symposia on issues unique to younger women facing breast cancer
· Sharsheret on Campus, outreach to students on campus
· Facing Breast Cancer as a Jewish Woman educational resource booklet series

For more information about Sharsheret, please visit or call (866) 474-2774.