Services for Women with Cancer and Survivors

Facilitated by Beth Broodo, MS, LPC, RYT, Binah Cancer Support Services integrates psychology and Jewish perspective into all her services. Binah is hebrew, which means connecting women to their inner wisdom.

Find out timing for each of these support groups by emailing bbroodo@jfsdallas.org

Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group

Integrating different therapeutic modalities to reduce stress and anxiety as well as increase overall well-being.

JFS 3, 16910 Dallas Pkwy #116 Dallas, TX

Cancer Survivors Support Group 

Open to any woman who has experienced cancer, this group is an opportunity to discuss ways to cope and to find ways to live each day as fully as possible. 

Temple Emanu-El, 8500 Hillcrest Ave. Dallas, TX

Couples Workshop

This workshop is offered to help couples increase communication, friendship, and love in their marriage. Based on John Gottman‘s research on building the friendship in marriage.

JFS 3, 16910 Dallas Pkwy #116 Dallas, TX

Soul Group 

This women’s group offers spiritual growth through Torah concepts for breast and ovarian cancer survivors.

JFS 3, 16910 Dallas Pkwy #116 Dallas, TX

Journaling Workshop

This workshop serves as a place where members can free-write, discuss personal concerns and feel safe to express their feelings. Each workshop offers new topics to journal about and share insights.

JFS 3, 16910 Dallas Pkwy #116 Dallas, TX

Modified Yoga with Meditation 

Specifically designed for cancer survivors, this yoga class utilizes pain-free techniques, guided imagery, decompression, breathing, and stretching to promote health and well-being.

Tuesdays at 2:30pm and Thursdays at 1:00pm 

JCC in the Mind & Body Room 

7900 Northaven Rd. Dallas, TX

For information about any of the following services, please call 972.437.9950 and ask to speak to the Director of Binah Cancer Support Services.

 

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Individual Counseling for Women

Our professional staff provides one-on-one counseling for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, helping them understand their feelings and develop skills to best cope with their concerns. We provide in-home one-on-one counseling for those women whose illness limits their mobility.

JFS partners with Sharsheret, national not-for-profit organization supporting young women and their families, of all Jewish backgrounds, facing breast cancer as part of these programs. However, the services offered at JFS are not limited to those of a Jewish background. For more information on Sharsheret, please visit their website here.

 

Testimonials

   “When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, I was scared, lonely and filled with questions about this disease living in my breast. How was I going to get through this?
Three days before my breast surgery, I attended the breast support group at JFS led by Beth Broodo. I was surrounded by caring survivors who listened to my questions and shared their knowledge, experiences and optimism. Also, I received phone numbers of survivors to call and gave my number to those who asked for it. Women did call me to check on how I was doing.  I called them when I was feeling sad and anxious. I had lunch with a group participant. I was not alone anymore. I looked forward to the meetings.
A speaker series provided valuable information on nutrition, healthy living and more survivor stories. This was not only informative but socially engaging as well. We had “fun” eating and communicating about our shared disease.
If you are looking for answers and want to be cradled by caring women, this is the group to turn to. I will always be grateful for their support in getting through this.”
-SMW

More on Binah:

Binah is ‘intuitive understanding’, or ‘contemplation’. It is likened to a ‘palace of mirrors’ that reflects the pure point of light of Chokhmah, wisdom, increasing and multiplying it in an infinite variety of ways. In this sense, it is the ‘quarry’, which is carved out by the light of wisdom. It is the womb, which gives shape to the Spirit of God. On a psychological level, Binah is “processed wisdom,” also known as deductive reasoning. It is davar mitoch davar—understanding one idea from another idea. While Chokhmah is intellect that does not emanate from the rational process (it is either inspired or taught), Binah is the rational process that is innate in the person which works to develop an idea fully.

Binah is associated with the feminine. The Bahir states: “For you shall call Understanding a Mother.” Classical Jewish texts state Binah yeterah natun l’nashim, “an extra measure of Binah was given to women.”

The Matriarchs – Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah – build the Jewish Nation from within. Each woman possesses the ability to see what is not obvious on the surface, and that is why there is a Jewish Nation today.

The trait of binah – the ability to analyze, distinguish and thereby know the spiritual validity of something – is, without exception, predicated on knowledge of Torah. The Torah explains to us God’s view of good and bad, pure and impure, finite and eternal, true and false – in other words, the value of all things we encounter. Then and now, Jewish women with a deep understanding of the spirit of Torah apply binah within these parameters to define and categorize a new experience or situation. The cultivation of Binah requires tremendous effort and involvement in Torah. Ultimately, female binah, guided by Torah is meant to function as a searchlight of truth and clarity. This aptitude is an inheritance of Jewish women and a gift to their families, community and society.