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Cancer Support Group

Community is important. Cancer is lonely. Jewish Family & Child Service has combined these two truths to create this support group open to anyone with a cancer diagnosis. The group will meet via Zoom the second Wednesday of every month and offer a safe space where people can be honest with one another and themselves – and where they are not taking care of others. The facilitators will listen to and support you in this important community of people with some shared experiences.

The 2nd Wednesday of every month

Beginning April 13, 2022

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

These virtual sessions will occur via Zoom. No cost to attend. Pre-registration is required.

For more information or to register for the group, please contact Caitlin DeBoer, LCSW at (971) 400-3533 or via email.

Facilitated by

Caitlin DeBoer

Caitlin DeBoer, LCSW
Mental Health Social Worker
Jewish Family & Child Service

Rabbi Mel Young

Rabbi Mel Young
Retired educator and cancer patient

Rabbi Barry Cohen

Rabbi Barry Cohen
Community Chaplain
Jewish Federation of Greater Portland

Caitlin DeBoer, LCSW

Caitlin is a mental health social worker with JFCS’ Counseling program. She earned her master’s in Social Work from Portland State University in 2017 and her license in clinical social work (LCSW) in 2021. Caitlin has worked with clients experiencing anxiety and depressive disorders, chronic illnesses and chronic pain, grief, and life transitions. Her approach to working with clients is welcoming, curious, and compassionate.  

Rabbi Mel Young

Rabbi Mel Young served 16 years as a secondary school social science instructor and 20 years in administration. In 2017 — 12 years into his cancer diagnosis — he earned his master’s in Rabbinic Studies and was ordained that same year from the Academy for Jewish Religion, California. Rabbi Mel has taught in religious school programs, tutored adult b’nai mitzvah students, and served as the guest rabbi for Yom Kippur services at Congregation Beth Shalom in Corona, California. The rabbi and his wife relocated to Portland in March 2019. As a member of the Oregon Board of Rabbis (OBR), he welcomes opportunities to engage in interfaith gatherings, speak to high school and community college students, and participate in the OBR’s Introduction to Judaism class and Yom HaShoah commemoration.


Rabbi Barry Cohen

Rabbi Cohen is a graduate of the University of Michigan and was ordained by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. His affiliations include the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the National Association of Jewish Chaplains and the Oregon Board of Rabbis. Rabbi Cohen’s passions as a chaplain and rabbi include building relationships with individuals and families, attending to their pastoral/spiritual needs and, generally, teaching, inspiring, and motivating. The rabbi also loves story-telling, interfaith work, and social action.

The Cancer Group is made possible in large part thanks to the Holzman Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland.

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