DENVER, Colo.—JEWISHcolorado is hosting the second Community-wide Pink Shabbat® for Colorado on October 16th and 17th, as part of breast and ovarian cancer awareness month. More than 25 organizations and synagogues are currently participating, including four outside of the Denver/Boulder metro area. Events will include speakers, informational materials, special Oneg Shabbat festivities, and more. Last year’s inaugural Community-wide Pink Shabbat was the largest event of its size held in the United States.
Community-wide Pink Shabbat is an initiative of Sharsheret Supports™ JEWISHcolorado. Sharsheret Supports™ JEWISHcolorado is a collaboration between Sharsheret, a national not-for-profit organization supporting Jewish women and their families facing breast cancer and ovarian cancer, and JEWISHcolorado to raise awareness and provide resources to community members. This year, the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance and the University of Colorado Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship program are co-sponsoring Community-wide Pink Shabbat.
One in 40 Ashkenazi Jews carries a BRCA gene mutation, which increases the risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers ten times the rate of the general population. Both men and women can carry a BRCA gene mutation and have a 50% chance of passing it along to their children.
For more information about Community-wide Pink Shabbat events, please go to www.JEWISHcolorado.org/pinkshabbat. To learn more about Sharsheret Supports™ go to www.JEWISHcolorado.org/sharsheretsupports.
Founded in 1946, JEWISHcolorado, formerly known as Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, is the umbrella community organization inspired by the collective responsibility to build and sustain Jewish life in Colorado, Israel, and around the world. Its mission is to secure, steward, and share philanthropic and human resources in support of vibrant Jewish life and to mobilize the community in times of need. JEWISHcolorado is a proud member of the Jewish Federations of North America, which is among the top ten charities on the continent working together to protect and enhance the well-being of Jews worldwide. JEWISHcolorado raises and distributes funds in support of a wide variety of programs and partner organizations both locally and globally. Last year, JEWISHcolorado’s Annual Campaign raised $10.7 million and the Endowment and Planned Giving arm houses more than $60 million in long term assets for individuals, agencies and synagogues in the community. For more information, visit www.JEWISHcolorado.org.
Sharsheret is a national nonprofit organization focusing on providing resources and support for Jewish families who are facing a breast or ovarian cancer diagnosis, or are at increased genetic risk. Their mission is to offer a community of support by fostering culturally-relevant individualized connections with networks of peers, health professionals and related resources.