“Yonah,” a professional pastry chef in her 30s, was eager to continue her rewarding career after completing cancer treatment.
However, the rounds of chemotherapy and surgeries left her without the strength and stamina she needs for this taxing type of work. She realized she’d need another way of earning a living until her strength returns, but had no idea how to begin exploring other possibilities.
Yonah was one of the first group of participants in Careers after Cancer, a new program of Jerusalem-based Beit Natan, a non-profit, volunteer-run community health resource, advocacy and cancer support center serving Israelis (mostly women) from low-income, immigrant and underserved communities.
Careers after Cancer is unique in Israel and possibly in the world, says Esther Zemel, hotline and support groups coordinator at Beit Natan.
“It grew out of Beit Natan staff speaking to women who either finished treatment or have a chronic form of cancer but are able to …