JLI at the University of Maryland partnered with AEPhi to raise over $1800 for tzedakah for Sharsheret, a national organization for young Jewish women with Breast Cancer. Manicure For The Cure was a day long event, in which students signed up to recieve manicures given by maniucurists at the American Beauty School in Weaton, MD. Essie cosmetics sponsored the nail polish for the event, allowing a large percentage of the proceeds for the manicures to go directly to Sharsheret.
Manicure for the Cure was the brainchild of JLI educators at Princeton 2 years ago, and last year it was done at the University of Pennsylvania, and will soon come to Brandeis as well. Each campus chooses which organization will be the recipient of the raised tzedakah funds. Sharsheret was chosen by University of Maryland because of its work to help Jewish women with Breast Cancer, a disease that Jewish women in particular are high at risk for contracting. Much thanks to Rachel Strauss, who interned at Sharsheret last summer, for her help in planning the event.
JLIC was proud to partner with AEPhi for Manicure For The Cure, and Sharsheret is one of the national philanthrophy organizations for AEPhi. They did a tremendous job in raising awareness about the event, and we were proud to see over 50 AEPhi members participate.
JSAC and Tzedek, two Jewish social action groups at University of Maryland, co-sponsored the event and helped with the planning, as did two other students in particular, Sara Cherny and Lauren Berger. The event would not have been as great as it was without them.
We were thrilled with the great success of this program, and hope to continue it in the future.