Pink Shabbat service focuses on breast cancer

Beth Chaim Congregation in Danville will hold a “Pink Shabbat” service on May 29 to offer healing and raise awareness about breast cancer.

The service was organized by Ilene Zeiger and Naomi Ehrlich, a member of the congregation, in cooperation with Sharsheret, a national nonprofit that supports Jewish women facing breast cancer.

Zeiger and Ehrlich have reached out to other East Bay congregations and invited them to the 7 p.m. service at Beth Chaim, 1800 Holbrook Drive. Both women have battled breast cancer and hope to shine a light on the disease within the Jewish community, where Ashkenazi Jewish women face increased genetic risk for breast and ovarian cancer.

There will be an oneg following the service where a pink challah will be served.

Zeiger and Ehrlich hope to follow up the Pink Shabbat with an outdoor event in July and an educational program in October.

Sharsheret was founded in 2001 and provides support and education for Jewish women with breast cancer from diagnosis through treatment and beyond.