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Breast Cancer Resources

Sharsheret provides support and assistance to Jewish women dealing with breast cancer, with a special focus on young (pre-menopausal) women and their families.

Medical information about breast cancer is available through the organizations listed on their website.

The Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics offers information on hereditary cancers, including breast cancer, and links to cancer organizations.

In Israel

One in Nine a wide range of support services and help in coping with breast cancer.

The Israel Cancer Association (Ha-agudah La-milchamah Be-Sartan) provides a hotline, support groups, and information to those dealing with cancer in Israel.

In the UK

Chai Cancer Care provides support to members of the Jewish community coping with cancer.

Chana is fertility organisation whose services include oncological support in situations where cancer affects fertility.


Naomi Englard-Schaffer and Dr. Deena Zimmerman, “Halakhic Issues Presented by Breast Cancer.Tradition 41, no. 4 (Winter, 2008): 33-53.

Naomi Englard-Schaffer and Deena R Zimmerman, MD, “Halakhic Issues Raised by Reconstructive Breast Surgery.” Jewish Medical Ethics and Halacha 8, no. 1 (December 2011): 43-64.

Sharon Galper Grossman, M.D., M.P.H., “The Angelina Jolie Effect in Jewish Law: Prophylactic Mastectomy and Oophorectomy in BRCA Carriers,” Rambam Maimonides Medical Journal 6, no. 4 (October 2015).

Sharon Galper Grossman, “BRCA Testing for All Ashkenazi Women: A Halakhic Inquiry,” Hakira 28 (Spring 2020).

Please see our articles on Breast and Ovarian Cancer and Cancer & Halacha for more halachic and medical information on breast cancer and other types of cancer.

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