imagesBet Shira Congregation in southwest Miami-Dade County at 7500 S.W. 120th Street, Pinecrest recognizes the great importance of community involvement and providing educational opportunity. On Tuesday, January 6th, 2015, at 7:30 P.M., Bet Shira Congregation will host a community-wide Sharsheret event to discuss the topic of Breast Cancer Awareness. Sharsheret, Hebrew for “chain,” is a national not-for-profit organization supporting Jewish women and their families facing breast cancer.

The program “Changing the Face of Breast Cancer“ will include an impressive panel of speakers discussing different ways to detect and prevent breast cancer, the reconstruction process and how to best deal with the emotional impact. The panel discussion will be followed by a brief Question & Answer session.

South Florida Clergy Members Cantor Shiree Kidron, Cantor of Bet Shira Congregation and Rabbi Rachel Greengrass, Associate Rabbi of Temple Beth Am, will both join the distinguished panel which also include John M. Cassel, M.D., F.A.C.S., Surgeon, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery; Talia Donenberg, M.S., Genetic Counselor, Cancer Genetics Clinics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; and Briana Schneider Schwarz, Florida Regional Director for Sharsheret.

“We share our story, we share our strength,” said Cantor Kidron who created this program and will share her personal experience and the incredible support she has received from the community. She will also speak about brave women who shared their stories, battles and triumphs.

“Each year, breast cancer claims the lives of nearly half a million moms, daughters, sisters, wives, best friends, even husbands and sons,” Cantor Kidron continued, “Our goal is to bring hope and the promise of a healthier future to those affected by breast cancer, and to help each of us be a better, more knowledgeable friend or loved one to those we love facing this dreadful disease. Together, we can help families celebrate many more beautiful tomorrows together.”

From the data collected by Sharsheret, it is estimated that women who carry the mutated BRCA gene may have up to an 85 percent chance of developing an aggressive form of breast cancer before the age of 70, and up to a 45 percent chance of developing ovarian cancer by age 70. Ashkenazi Jewish women have a 10 times greater chance of carrying this genetic mutation than the general population.

“We recognize God’s presence when we bring healing,” said Rabbi Mark Kula of Bet Shira Congregation. He continued with “We support and thank Rabbi Greengrass and Cantor Kidron who share their life experiences encouraging all of us to promote greater awareness of breast cancer and to be present for each other when challenged with health issues. May God inspire us to find cures and bring the blessing of healing.”

“Everyone is welcome to attend this community wide education event for an evening of inspiration and breast cancer awareness free of charge,” said Linda Truppman, Bet Shira Congregation Programming Vice President and Event Coordinator. For more information, please contact Bet Shira Congregation Synagogue office at (305) 238-2601, or

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