This week is season 1 episode 4 of the hit Shabbos morning talk show - Good Shabbos Nebbraska! Being October, this week's episode is called Pink Shabbos - in honor of breast cancer awareness month!
Having a pink shabbos in October is already a long standing tradition at Beth Israel - we are now in our second year.
I was inspired to add it to our annual calendar after meeting Rochelle Shoretz at a conference two years ago. She is the founder and director of Sharsheret - an organization supporting Jewish women and their families facing breast cancer.
Since the discovery of the BRCA genes that are linked to breast cancer, it has been shown that 1 in 40 Ashkenazi Jewish women is at risk of breast cancer - as opposed to 1 in 800 for the general population. This alarming statistic makes it imperative for Ashkenazi synagogues to raise awareness and educate women on how they can detect or prevent breast cancer.
This Shabbos on GSN we will feature special guest Bright Pink - a national organization that focuses on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women, while providing support for high-risk individuals.
Bright Pink was founded by a Jewish woman by the name of Lindsay Avner. She started a movement that has chapters around the country, including Omaha! At 10 am Shabbos morning Bright Pink is going to talk about what they do and give some important information that is especially relevant for the Jewish community.
In the evening, my wife Miriam is hosting a women's Seudat Shlishi at Beth Israel and after havdallah a representative from bright pink will give a more extended presentation just for women.
Please God, may this be the last year we need to have Pink Shabbos! May this coming year see the discovery of the cure for cancer of every variety, and next October we will throw a big kiddush after shul to Thank God and to honor the scientists who found the cure. Please call the office if you wish to sponsor the Kiddush for the Cure!
And we will see you all this shabbos on Good Shabbos Nebraska - every Shabbos at 10 am ONLY at Beth Israel Syangogue - where every Shabbos is a Shabbaton!