Sharsheret is a not-for-profit, national organization assisting young Jewish women and their families in dealing with breast cancer. Our mission is to provide a community of support to women, of every Jewish background, diagnosed with breast cancer or at increased genetic risk, by nurturing culturally significant personal connections with networks of health professionals and peers.
Sharsheret knows and supports the complete spectrum of diversity within our communities. Sharsheret’s volunteers, staff, and leaders welcome all voices to be heard and treated with respect. Everyone who reaches out to Sharsheret, doesn’t matter their social or economic status, will not be turned away. They don’t discriminate based on color, political belief, ethnic origin, race, national origin, religion, gender, marital status, age, or sexual orientation.
In 2001, Sharsheret was established by Rochelle Shoretz, a Jewish mother with breast cancer. Part of a tight NJ Jewish community, many people offered to assist Rochelle with cooking and taking care of her children, such as taking them back and forth to after-school activities.
However, what she truly wanted was to talk with another young mother who could tell her sons about breast cancer and how it would affect her. How she would feel preparing for High Holidays while going through chemotherapy.
Rochelle’s grandmother had died of the disease and cancer was unmentionable and not talked about within her family. She soon found out it was talked about within the Jewish community either.
In 2015, Rochelle died from breast cancer, a disease for which she created a community of support for many. The Sharsheret community lost a founder, mentor, and leader. The Jewish world and the cancer world had lost a real champion of women and their families. Rochelle’s legacy is her children and an amazing organization that only she could have built. Her drive and passion will forever be the basis of Sharsheret.