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SHORETZ--Rochelle Lee.

The Board of Directors and staff of Sharsheret are saddened by the passing of Rochelle Lee Shoretz, known to many as Rochie. Rochelle, 42, passed away on Sunday, May 31st, of complications from breast cancer. In 2001, following her own breast cancer diagnosis at age 28, Rochelle founded and served as the Executive Director of Sharsheret, (Hebrew for "chain"), a national not-for-profit organization supporting young Jewish women and families facing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. A graduate of Barnard College (1995) and Columbia Law School (1996), she served as a law clerk to United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1998-1999), a law clerk to Judge Amalya L. Kearse, Second Circuit (1996-1997), and an attorney at Debevoise and Plimpton in Manhattan. A major force in the world of breast cancer and the Jewish community, Rochelle was appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women, and gave back to other groups such as First Descents, Joshua Venture Group, the Berrie Fellows Leadership Program of the UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey and the American Association of Cancer Research Scientist-Survivor Program. We at Sharsheret have lost our founder, our leader, our mentor. The Jewish world and the cancer world have lost a true champion of women and their families. Rochelle's legacy is her children and an incredible organization that only she could have built. Her passion and drive will forever remain the foundation of Sharsheret. Our condolences go out to her sons, Shlomo and Dovid Mirsky, her parents, and siblings. Contributions in memory of Rochelle can be sent to Sharsheret, 1086 Teaneck Road, Suite 2G, Teaneck, NJ, 07666 or online at Dana Norris, President, Board of Directors Elana Silber, Director of Operations

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Published in New York Times on Jun. 2, 2015.
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June 4, 2015
You always reached for the stars..and caught them ! You were always the daughter I never had, and I followed your successes, your dreams and davened for you daily. There are no adequate words...may you continue your unrelenting advocacy from up high for all those you loved and all who loved you....
Sandy Majeski
June 4, 2015
I will always remember you as one of the most spectacular women I have met. It was an honor to meet you at CLS and you will never be forgotten.
Lourdes Blanco
June 2, 2015
You have made your mark in this world. You will never be forgotten. Rest in peace Rochelle.
June 2, 2015
I was Ruchy's English teacher in Shulamis H.S. Needless to say, she was my most accomplished student in my 24 years of teaching. In tenth grade, she had a story published in a magazine and an article in a Jewish Agency publication. When she edited the school newspaper, it won first place in the Columbia University high journalism contest. She was the best anyone can be - bright, talented, creative, funny, kind-hearted. She was respectful and tried to make everyone feel good. The last time I saw her it was Rosh Hashona years ago. She was on her way to hear the shofar with an infant in the carriage. May Hashem comfort all who mourn her -- especially her mother Sherry and her sister Dahlia.
I can't believe someone so alive is no
longer alive. All who knew her loved her.
Shoshana Zakon
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