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Jewish Family Services Joins National Sharsheret Supports Program

11/17/2010

Milwaukee, WI…Jewish Family Services, Inc. (JFS) has joined the national Sharsheret Supports program. Sharsheret, Hebrew for “chain”, is a national not-for-profit organization supporting young women and their families, of all Jewish backgrounds, facing breast cancer. Their 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, they have responded to more than 19,000 breast cancer inquiries, involved more than 1,000 peer supporters, and presented over 200 educational programs nationwide.

Sylvan Leabman, JFS President/CEO says, “We are proud to be a part of an effort that offers a continuum of care for the Jewish community by 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. We are in the early stages of planning the various community programs we will offer and are looking for women whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer to become part of the committee or participate in a focus group.”

For more information about JFS programs or services, please contact 414-390-5800  or visit www.jfsmilw.org.

Since 1867, Jewish Family Services has provided comprehensive social services to the Milwaukee area Jewish and general community.  Its mission is to provide supportive services that strengthen families, children and individuals throughout the life cycle within the context of their unique needs and traditions.