‘Truly A Bright Light’

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

06/01/2015 - 20:00
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

Angelina’s `Jewish Gene’

The actress wrote a new NYT oped about her prophylactic surgery; here's the JW's take on all the talk.

05/18/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Celebrity Angelina Jolie's recent decision to opt for prophylactic surgery after she determined she is a carrier of a mutation in the BRCA1 gene has prompted media attention the world over. Media descriptions of her “Jewish gene”, however, are misguided. 

As Angelina Jolie has found, you don't have to be of Jewish descent to carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes.

Speaking About The Unspoken Reality Of Cancer

07/26/2012 - 20:00
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
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