Sharsheret, Inc.

The Jewish Breast & Ovarian Cancer Community

Teaneck, NJ   |  www.sharsheret.org

Mission

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. While our expertise is in young women and Jewish families as related to breast cancer and ovarian cancer, Sharsheret programs serve all women and men.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Ms. Elana Silber

Main address

1086 Teaneck Road Suite 2G

Teaneck, NJ 07666 USA

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EIN

13-4198529

NTEE code info

Breast Cancer (G32)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Life altering at any age, the impact of breast and ovarian cancer is magnified as young breast and ovarian cancer survivors face challenges related to: social relationships and intimacy, fertility, body image, healthcare costs, loss of income, access to medical care, health and life insurance, early menopause, and education and career development. Their cancers are often detected at later stages and tend to be more aggressive, resulting in more toxic treatments and even more severe side effects. Often they do not have access to counseling about premature menopause and fertility changes, and may have to make treatment decisions quickly without appropriate information regarding implications. The impact is further complicated for Jewish women. With a 1 in 40 chance of carrying a BRCA mutation compared to 1 in 500 in the general population, Jewish women of Ashkenazi descent face a significantly increased risk of developing hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Sharsheret

Sharsheret’s 12 national programs provide a) critical support to women and families facing and at increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer and b) widespread education to community members, healthcare professionals, and students on campus about the increased risk of hereditary cancer in the Jewish community. Sharsheret’s programs fall into two categories: The LINK Program® which includes our psycho-social support services, and the Education & Outreach Program.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Better Business Bureau 2018

Our results

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Direction of Success

Increasing

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Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Sharsheret aims to:
1. Improve the quality of life for those at risk for or diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancer, their caregivers and families by providing a continuum of psycho-social support services.
2. Save lives by educating the broader community, including students on campus, about the signs and symptoms of breast and ovarian cancer, the risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, and the proactive measures that can be taken to protect one’s health.

1. Cancer Support Hotline: Our clinical team addresses concerns 24-7 about: treatment options; talking to children; balancing career and cancer; insurance and finances; and religion and spirituality in the cancer experience.

2. Peer Support Network: Sharsheret tailors matches between women who have recently been diagnosed with or who are at high risk for breast or ovarian cancer with women who have been through similar diagnoses and experiences.

3. Medical Professional Trainings for doctors, nurses and social workers about the unique needs of (young) Jewish women and families facing breast and ovarian cancer and about Sharsheret’s programs and resources.

4. Educational Opportunities such as National Webinars with medical experts, Teal/Pink Shabbat® In-Synagogue Programs for congregations of all denominations, Website, Social Media, and Sharsheret educational resource booklets; and partnerships with over 150 fraternities, sororities, and campus and post-graduate organizations.

Sharsheret’s capabilities for meeting our goals draw on 18 years of experience in the field. We have launched and nurtured 12 national programs that are made available to women and men personally affected by breast and ovarian cancer, their families, caregivers and friends, as well as to local Jewish communities across the country. We have established partnerships with the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgetown Lombardi University Comprehensive Cancer Center,and with over 100 local and national social service agencies. More than 16,000 women have enrolled in our national Peer Support Network; and we have an active Board of Directors and Medical Advisory Board.

• Nominated to Chair the Federal Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women.
• Recognized as the model for culturally relevant breast cancer support by the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
• Received two multi-year grants from the CDC to develop support programs for young breast cancer survivors.
• Chosen to participate in psycho-social research studies and evaluations in partnership with federal agencies and major cancer centers.
• Awarded the New York State Innovation in Breast Cancer Early Detection and Research Award.
• Earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for 6 consecutive years, ranking Sharsheret in the top 8% of all charities.
• Accredited by the Better Business Bureau.
• Recognized as one of the nation's most innovative Jewish nonprofits in Slingshot, a guide for Jewish innovation.

Sharsheret will reach thousands more through our regional offices, providing lifesaving education and life enhancing psycho-social support.

Financials

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Operations

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Sharsheret, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 6/15/2020
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Board chair

Mr. Jonathan Blinken

No Affiliation

Term: 2018 - 2020

Jonathan Blinken

Courtney Mizel

Dalia Shoretz Nagel

Leslie Sidell

Stacy Smollin Schwartz

Lauryn Weiser

Alissa Zagha

Esther Zeidman

Elizabeth Greif

Kim Molstre

Michael Shapot

Martin Rosman

Alise Reicin

Batya Paul

Dana Norris

Jordanna Nadritch

Tammy Bryk

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes