Sharsheret Florida Hosts Breast and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Gala

Sharsheret Florida Hosts Breast and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Gala

Hollywood, Florida (November 27, 2017) –  Sharsheret, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to addressing the needs of Jewish women and families facing breast cancer and ovarian cancer, will host its Florida Annual Gala on Saturday night, December 2, 2017. The event will attract more than 300 women and men at the Design Center of the Americas in Dania, Florida.


Sharsheret will recognize the incredible contributions of Miriam Amselem and Rebecca Stern, M.D., and Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority will receive a Partner Recognition. The honorees are being recognized for their many contributions that have shaped Sharsheret’s South Florida presence and programming and, in particular, for being community advocates.


Dr. Stern is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, a Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Stern has been in private practice for over 17 years in Boca Raton. She has received multiple Patients Choice, Best Doctor and Most Compassionate Doctor Awards. She has appeared on Good Morning America and other television shows and videos, and has published research. Dr. Stern raises awareness about Sharsheret’s programs and services by sharing resources with her patients.  Dr. Stern feels her personal experience as a doctor, wife, and mother of three thriving, beautiful children helps her understand her patient’s needs, desires and concerns.


Miriam Amselem is a Holistic Nutritionist, yoga instructor, and fitness trainer.  A longtime supporter of Sharsheret’s mission, Miriam is passionate about wellness and healthy living and loves sharing her energy with others. She has been actively involved with Sharsheret’s mission for the past 13 years, sharing resources and hosting events to educate the community about disease prevention. Miriam and her husband, Yaakov, reside in Hollywood and are the proud parents of Amram Joshua.


Alpha Epsilon Phi (AEPhi) National Sorority and Sharsheret celebrate 10 years of partnership. The sisters’ commitment to Sharsheret as one of their national philanthropies has helped educate and empower over 500,000 women at both the undergraduate and alumnae levels across the country to spread awareness of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer genetics, and to demonstrate how Sharsheret can support those facing breast and ovarian cancer. Our joint efforts on campus have led thousands to Have The Talk and learn their own family genetic history, and through Have The Talk 2.0, we are teaching young women and men how to use information learned to talk with their doctors and protect their health.


“We look forward to celebrating the evening with Sharsheret volunteers, supporters, and families as we mark the fourth year of our Florida regional office and pay tribute to our honorees,” said Florida Regional Director Briana Schwarz. “With a strong Florida presence, Sharsheret builds greater awareness about the impact of breast cancer and ovarian cancer on the Florida Jewish community and promotes broader national participation in Sharsheret’s support and education programs available to women and families.”


For reservations and information about the Florida Annual Gala and Silent Auction, please visit or call 866.474.2774.  To learn more about our honorees and event sponsorship opportunities, please contact Briana Schwarz at [email protected].




About Sharsheret


Sharsheret, Hebrew for chain, is the only national organization supporting Jewish women and families, of all backgrounds, facing breast and ovarian cancer-those who are diagnosed and those at high risk. Sharsheret is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. To date, we serve more than 65,000 women, families, health care professionals, community leaders, and students from all 50 states. All Sharsheret programs serve all women and men.


As a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women, Sharsheret shapes messaging and programs at the national level. Recognizing Sharsheret as the model for culturally-relevant breast cancer support, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded the organization two multi-year grants to develop support programs. Additionally, Sharsheret participates in psychosocial research studies and evaluations in partnership with federal agencies and major cancer centers, including Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center.

Sharsheret offers the following national programs:


The Link Program


  • Peer Support Network, connecting women newly diagnosed or at high risk of developing breast cancer one-on-one with others who share similar diagnoses and experiences
  • EmbraceTM, supporting women living with advanced breast cancer
  • Genetics for Life®, addressing hereditary breast and ovarian cancer
  • Thriving Again®, providing individualized support, education, and survivorship plans for young breast cancer survivors
  •  Busy Box®, for young parents facing breast cancer
  • Best Face Forward®, addressing the cosmetic side effects of treatment
  • Family Focus®, providing resources and support for caregivers and family members
  • Ovarian Cancer Program, tailored resources and support for young Jewish women and families facing ovarian cancer
  •  Sharsheret SupportsTM, developing local support groups and programs


Education and Outreach Programs


  • Health Care Symposia, on issues unique to younger women facing breast cancer
  • Sharsheret on Campus, outreach and education to students on campus
  • Sharsheret Educational Resource Booklet Series, culturally-relevant publications for Jewish women and their families and healthcare professionals