Cancer Care @ the JCC

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Shirley Kohn Spa Day for Women Living with Breast or Ovarian Cancer
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Created in partnership with Alison Estabrook, M.D., a nationally recognized breast cancer surgeon, this innovative program is designed to share the latest in medical information while also bringing complementary health and wellness programming to those living at risk of and/or impacted by breast cancer. Click here to read more about Dr. Estabrook.

Our current virtual cancer care program is based on the four pillars of health: MOVE, RESTORE, NOURISH, and CONNECT. It includes a variety of exercise classes, plant-based cooking classes, healthy living lectures, meditative art classes, and quarterly social gatherings as well as an annual spa day for women in treatment for cancer. All of our programs are based on scientific findings of the importance of a plant-based diet and regular exercise in easing the side effects of cancer treatment and boost healing.

Cancer Care programs are FREE for those being tested or treated for cancer. To receive your discount code, please complete this form.  


Free Free Ongoing Virtual Cancer Care Exercise Classes

The following fitness classes are free and designed specifically for those being tested or treated for cancer. You do not need to register in advance. 





Daily Drop-In Meditation (Virtual)

Activate peace and calm whether you're brand new to meditation or an experienced practitioner, all are welcome.

Mornings: Mon–Fri, 7:30–8:30 am. Click here to participate.
Evenings: Mon–Thu, 5:45–6:45 pm. Click here to participate.

For more information about meditation instructors, click here.

Breast + Ovarian Cancer Support Massage

Tuesdays, 10-2 pm

Receive supportive, holistic bodywork, employing massage techniques suitable for individuals undergoing treatment or for those who are post-treatment and/or postsurgery.

Therapist: Dominique Bousquet

To schedule an appointment, Please fill out the JCC Cancer Care Massage Intake Form and submit it. We will call you to make an appointment. Prescription required.

If you have any concerns or questions about oncology massage please email

Please note you will be charged for your scheduled massage session unless canceled due to a medical emergency.

Positive Psychology Hour

Tuesdays + Thursdays, noon–1 pm, Free

A lunch and learn series in partnership with Wholebeing Institute. Join us online for Q&A with leading experts in the science and application of positive psychology. 

These Lunch and Learns, moderated by Caroline Kohles, JCC Senior Director of Health and Wellness, offer a chance to hear from leading experts in the field of positive psychology who offer a variety of skills that can help you build your inner strength and increase your coping skills. Discover practical tips you can implement right away to help you cope with the social isolation brought on COVID-19. Learn how the science and practice of positive psychology and flourishing can help you fortify your resilience today and in the days to come. 

Wholebeing Institute is dedicated to teaching the science of human flourishing and is based in Massachusetts. For more information go to



Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan is working together with Plant Powered Metro New York to present plant-based cooking classes and demos that address different aspects of a healthy diet and the ways in which nutrition can help protect against and improve a variety of health conditions.

Special MLK Day Event

Reconnect and Reimagine Food: An MLK Culinary Celebration

Moderator: Nina Curtis, Adventist Health Vitaliz Cafe and Culinary Arts Department
Chefs: Brandy Cochrane, Thomas Stevens, Bale Shabaka Kaza-Amlak 

Join us to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a culinary adventure featuring Black chefs from our local community. Tune in to see their consecutive demonstrations of plant-powered cultural dishes, including Dr. King's favorite food, and hear lively discussions moderated by Nina Curtis, Director and Executive Chef for the Adventist Health Vitaliz Café and Culinary Arts department in Roseville, CA. These plant-powered chefs will share their personal journeys of empowering themselves and others to take control of their health through whole food, plant-based living. We'll be joined by Chefs Brandy Cochrane, Thomas Stevens, and Bale Shabaka Kaza-Amlak.

As we celebrate the life, work, vision, and ministry of Dr. King, we seek to reconnect with indigenous food-ways and form new awareness around nutrient-dense eating to promote making choices that build a thriving body and mind. This celebration will be an inspirational time of learning how to cook and eat in ways that can help reverse and prevent the many conditions that continue to ravage the health of the African American community.

Free livestream on Facebook and YouTube. Click here to register for a reminder and advance recipes.
Registrants will receive recipes and a Facebook Live and YouTube link on the day of the event.
Please note that Facebook Live and YouTube streams are available to viewers with or without Facebook or YouTube accounts.

Presented by Plant Powered Metro New York together with the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center, and the SUNY Downstate Committee on Plant-based Health & Nutrition.



Broadway's Best for Breast Cancer

Join Caroline Kohles, JCC Senior Director of Health and Wellness, and amazing Broadway entertainers for our virtual series celebrating life and fostering learning. Hear top health and wellness experts discuss how life is affected during and after cancer—all without leaving your sofa! As always, we will tell you how to take advantage of the complementary and supportive care of the JCC’s programs.

This special program is cosponsored by the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan and Dr. Alison Estabrook, a nationally recognized breast cancer surgeon who is currently professor of surgery at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She was founder and chief of the Comprehensive Breast Center, Mount Sinai West, in New York City, and co-founder of Breastlink New York, an affiliate of Radnet.

Endorsed by JCC community partners Sharsheret, The Nia Technique, and the American Cancer Society.

To enjoy a sampling of musical numbers from Broadway's Best for Breast Cancer, click here.

Shirley Kohn Spa Day for Individuals Impacted by Breast or Ovarian Cancer

This free day of pampering and renewal is designed to lift the spirits while pampering the body. The day's sessions include Reiki, self-massage, Zentangle art therapy, nutrition seminars, and mind/body exercise, including yoga, meditation, and Moving for Life, all specifically designed for women living with cancer.

This program has been named in loving memory of Shirley Kohn by the support of her friends and family.

This program is made possible by generous support from Sand and Ron Diamond in memory of Paul and Ethel Diamond, and by Christine Schwarzman in honor of the good work of Caroline Kohles.

Co-sponsored by Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan and Dr. Alison Estabrook, along with SHARE, Sharsheret, The NIA Technique, and Moving for Life.

We are thrilled to be able to share recordings from 2021's virtual Spa Day with you so you can enjoy the sessions at your leisure. Click here to view the recordings.


The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan is proud to partner with Sharsheret to provide support services for those impacted by cancer.

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