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Inspiration for the Nation with Yaakov Langer

Oct 15, 2022

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.


Sharsheret was founded in November 2001, four months after Rochelle Shoretz, a 28 year old young Jewish mother, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Immersed within a close-knit Jewish community in northern New Jersey, Rochelle had many offers to help with meals and to transport her sons to after-school programs.


What she really wanted, though, was to speak to another young mom who was going to have to explain to her children that she was going to lose her hair to chemotherapy, and what it would be like to prepare for the High Holidays knowing she was facing a life-threatening illness. Though her grandmother had died of the disease, cancer was a taboo subject still not discussed within her family and, she soon recognized, within the Jewish community at large.


In this episode, Yaakov speaks to Shlomo, Rochelle's eldest son, about his experiences and challenges with the cancer battle his mom fought. Elana Silber, a close friend of Rochelle & CEO of Sharsheret, joins in to help explain the origin story to the org and how they impacted so many people during the most fifilt time of their lives.


SPECIAL THANK YOU: Sara Tenenbaum for helping make this episode a reality.


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This episode is in memory of:

• Shimon Dovid ben Yaakov Shloima

• Miriam Sarah bas Yaakov Moshe

• Rochel Leah bas Moshe

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