Midreshet Shalhevet’s NCSY JUMP team is on a roll! The team held their second annual Zumba fundraiser in memory of Phillip Bach, a’h. Phillip Bach was a 27-year-old Five Towns resident who passed away last year after succumbing to a lifelong illness of familial dysautonomia. FD is a rare genetic neurological disorder that affects the sensory and autonomic nervous systems, causing life-threatening medical complications from birth. Phillip was a brother of Shalhevet alumna Bayla Bach, and would have celebrated his 28th birthday this past week.

With the help of Inna, Oralee, and Raina from Studio Inna, the Shalhevet JUMP team organized an exciting night of Zumba, jump-rope contests, and raffles. Over 120 people filled the Rambam gym, which was decorated with photos of children affected with FD and posters depicting how FD Now has helped them through. Eleventh-grade JUMP member Tamar Beer kicked off the night by explaining what FD is and introducing Tara Shimmel, an FD parent, followed by Mindy Bach, Phillip’s mother, who each shared how FD Now has given them strength, courage, and supported them and their families.

Raina, Inna, and the rest of the Studio Inna staff then led a high-intensity Zumba workout. Positive energy radiated throughout the room as everyone danced the night away. The gym lit up with glow-in-the-dark bracelets and glow sticks to add to the excitement of the evening. Following the powerful and strengthening workout, girls participated in a jump-rope contest. Bella Weiss, an eleventh-grader at Shalhevet, won first place!

The JUMP team successfully raised $9,000 to benefit FD Now, doubling the amount they raised previously. This money will help them continue their research to find a cure. The entire Shalhevet JUMP team expresses their appreciation to all those who attended and donated to this important cause. They also thank all the sponsors, including Studio Inna, Mindy Bach, Gifts and Crafts, Coffee Bar, Pizzale, David’s Pizza, Orly, Fame, Crawfords, Waffelino, Judaica Plus, Cravingz, and Mom’s Pastries.


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