Sharsheret Opens New Office In Illinois Marking Third Regional Office

Sharsheret Opens New Office In Illinois Marking Third Regional Office

Contact: Jordana Altman, Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Telephone: 866.474.2774
Email: [email protected]

Chicago, Illinois (February 25, 2019) –  Sharsheret, the only national not-for-profit organization dedicated to addressing the needs of women and families,of all Jewish backgrounds facing breast and ovarian cancer, will celebrate the official opening of its regional office in Illinois, on March 7th at a private home in Skokie. Sharsheret Illinois is the third regional office for the organization. The first was opened in South Florida in June 2013, and the second in California in January 2017. Sharsheret’s Illinois office is centrally located in Lincolnwood along the Edens Expressway, connecting the City of Chicago with the surrounding suburbs, situating Sharsheret well to have a widespread reach in the region.

“While we have always provided cancer support and education to women and families in the greater Chicago area, our impact is not reflective of the incidence of breast cancer and ovarian cancer in these local communities,” said Executive Director Elana Silber. “Following the success of regional offices in other areas of the country, we are inspired by the opportunity to partner with Chicago’s strong and dynamic Jewish organizations to do even more for women and families living in the midwest.”

Sharsheret has hired two local professionals, Eve Kleinerman as Illinois Regional Director and Rebecca Koren as Illinois Program Coordinator. Eve, a graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, is a seasoned lawyer who has worked in the Chicago area for the past six years, most recently as Managing Attorney of Pro Bono Projects at Cabrini Green Legal Aid. Eve will oversee the strategic growth and expansion of Sharsheret’s local outreach and education initiatives and cultivate meaningful partnerships within the medical and Jewish communities. Rebecca, a graduate of Colgate University and the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, will provide one-on-one psychosocial cancer support to women and families affected by or at high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer, and assist in the development and delivery cancer education and outreach initiatives.

In the five months since Sharsheret Illinois opened its doors, the team has formed a local Community Advisory Committee to serve as advisors and thought-partners to the local office. The Committee (still in formation) is currently comprised of thirteen members from the Chicago area, representing six suburban neighborhoods and three communities within the City of Chicago, all well poised to represent the diverse perspectives of the Chicagoland Jewish community.

“We are thrilled to have been welcomed to the Chicagoland area with open arms, allowing us to increase our presence in Illinois,” said Sharsheret Illinois Regional Director Eve Kleinerman. “Through our on-the-ground presence we have already seen significant growth in our callership, deepening the impact of our services across the State. We are continuing to heighten awareness about the increased risk for hereditary breast, ovarian and related cancers, ultimately seeking to improve and save lives.”

For more information and to attend the launch party, please visit or contact Sharsheret Illinois Regional Director Eve Kleinerman at [email protected] or 312.767.2045.

About Sharsheret

Sharsheret, Hebrew for chain, a national cancer organization with five offices (California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York), serves 120,000 women, families, health care professionals, community leaders, and students, in all 50 states. Sharsheret creates a safe community for women facing breast cancer and ovarian cancer and their families at every stage of life and at every stage of cancer – from before diagnosis, during treatment and into the survivorship years. While our expertise is focused on young women and Jewish families, more than 15% of those we serve are not Jewish. All Sharsheret programs serve all women and men.

As a premier organization for psychosocial support, Sharsheret is a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women, works closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and participates in psychosocial research studies and evaluations with major cancer centers, including Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Sharsheret is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for five consecutive years.

What We Do

One-on-One Support for women and their families touched by breast cancer and ovarian cancer (all free, confidential, and convenient) featuring

  •      Online 24/7 Live Chat
  •      Mental Health Professionals
  •      Genetic Counselor
  •      Peer Support
  •      Customized Beauty Kits
  •      Busy Boxes for Children
  •      Specialized Programming for Women Living with Metastatic Cancer

Education and Outreach for women, families, and community and medical professionals

  •      Healthcare Webinars
  •      College Campus Programming
  •      Community Educational Seminars
  •      Cultural Competency Trainings
  •      Comprehensive Resource Booklet Series

Community Action for women and men of all ages

  •      B’nai Mitzvah Projects
  •      Team Sharsheret Races and Walks
  •      Young Professionals Circle
  •      Teal and Pink Shabbat
  •      Local Volunteer Opportunities

For more information and to get involved today, visit us online at or call us at 866-474-2774.