UPDATED! Personal Conversations


Personal Conversations provide a forum to address everyday issues through discussions about obstacles and opportunities, using conference calls and/or easy to access webinars.

“What’s Jewish About Breast and Ovarian Cancer? A Personal Conversation with Sharsheret about Risk Factors for Jewish Women” – Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, presented by Sharsheret

On Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at 8:00 p.m. EDT, Personal Conversations will present a panel discussion on Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risks for Jewish Women,  The presentation highlights the work of Sharsheret staff members, Melissa K. Rosen, Director of National Outreach,  and Peggy Cottrell, MS, LCGC, Genetics Program Coordinator.

Ms. Cottrell is a graduate of the Sarah Lawrence College Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program. She has worked as a cancer genetic counselor at several hospitals in the New York Metropolitan area. At Sharsheret, she consults with women and families and answers individual questions about their family histories, BRCA mutations, and personal risks of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, and contributes to the development and implementation of Sharsheret’s hereditary cancer resources and programs.

Ms. Rosen has a master’s degree in Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University and has been working in the non-profit sector for over 25 years. Her professional experience includes informal education, advocacy and community outreach. Melissa oversees outreach efforts throughout the country, connecting  many to the support and resources of Sharsheret. Herself a breast cancer survivor, she is passionate about the Jewish community and cancer support and advocacy.

Their program will focus on the importance of understanding the increased genetic risk of Jewish women and what to do about it. In addition, a video about two cancer survivors will be aired. This will specifically address the impact of BRCA gene evaluation for establishing familial risk factors.

Register for this Personal Conversation here.

Read Peggy Cottrell’s bio here.
Read Melissa K. Rosen’s bio here.

Barb Levin, MD, MPH:  ACES* and the Healing Resource of Resilience – RESCHEDULED. Date and time TBA

In this first personal conversation, the background for understanding childhood trauma will be discussed, but, more importantly, we will address the positive effects of working with individuals to increase personal growth and thrive as adults. Adopting a different approach to children and adults at risk presents an exciting opportunity to improve human interactions by asking different questions. Focusing on the positive and changing the conversation from “What is wrong with this person?” to “What happened to this individual?” allows for a conversation that enhances the growth and development of individuals. Participants will also learn more about the upcoming Personal Conversations in 2018, and will have the chance to ask Levin about upcoming topics and talks. Women’s League members can register here.

Barb Levin is a family physician with public health experience, who has practiced in East Tennessee for more than thirty years. Read her bio here.

Personal Conversation with Paula Coplon: Torah Yoga – Sunday, June 10, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. EST

Paula Coplon will facilitate a program on wellness, meditation, and yoga.

More Personal Conversations for 2019 will be announced soon.