Rochelle Shoretz

‘Truly A Bright Light’

Cancer activist Rochelle Shoretz remembered by friends and colleagues after dying Sunday at 42.

Staff Writer

Rochelle Shoretz, whose own breast cancer diagnosis at age 28 led her to found the national cancer organization Sharsheret, was remembered this week as a “passionate,” leader whose “tenacity” and “intense optimism” helped thousands of women with cancer and their families.

Rochelle Shoretz founded the nonprofit Sharsheret to help Jewish women navigate their illnesses. JTA

Speaking About The Unspoken Reality Of Cancer

Special To The Jewish Week

My grandmother died in 1995 after a long battle with breast cancer.  In all of the years of her illness, I cannot recall her using the word "cancer."  She spoke of being "sick", "weak", "unwell", and she asked me, on her deathbed, to remember her. 

Rochelle Shoretz

‘Maybe I’ll Be Able To Dance At A Wedding’

Special To The Jewish Week

Maybe it’s the high heels. Maybe it’s the sky-high spirits. Maybe it’s the smile hinting ever so slightly of mischief. But when I meet Rochelle Shoretz at a downtown Starbucks on a recent bright September day, I’m surprised.

Sharsheret founder Rochelle Shoretz: Living strong 10 years after cancer diagnosis.
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