Synagogues Turning To Workouts With Soul

In a bid for relevance, growing number of congregations are stretching to add a spiritual touch to the regular workout regimen.

05/13/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The women in Monica Gordon’s yoga class stretch their arms overhead, and contort their bodies into pretzel-like poses. But in lieu of chanting “om,” the meditative yoga mantra, they say “Sha-lom,” stretching out the second syllable long and low, and there are no sun salutations or Sanskrit recitations.

Hedy Weisbart teaches Pilates at Beth Sholom in Teaneck, N.J.  Deena Yellin/JW

When Leadership Means Following

07/06/2011 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

When my father-in-law gave me and my husband Michael a birthday gift of sessions with his personal trainer, I realized that I had a choice: I could choose to be offended (as my mother-in-law was when he tried – and failed – to gift her a bathroom scale for her birthday) or I could choose to see this as an opportunity to get myself whipped into shape. Since I genuinely like my father-in-law, and he’s not known for beating around the bush, I chose the latter perspective. Michael and I booked our appointment with the trainer, Mona, and got ready to turn our flabs into abs.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

A New Beat For The Heart

Drum-fitness adds a different rhythm to the tired old workout routine.
Special To The Jewish Week
02/07/2011 - 19:00

With drumsticks poised over a tremendous lime green ball, I prepare to strike. Along with 18 other women and one man, I’ve ventured to the 92nd Street Y on this icy evening to experience DrumCore, a new class that is meant to exercise body and mind, while also offering a new rhythm in one’s tired workout routine.

The DrumCore workout makes use of drum sticks to bang out a rhythm and keep the heart working.

HealthCare February 2011

Matters of the Heart: lessons from a blind Israeli runner, drumming for aerobics, and more
Staff Writer
02/07/2011 - 19:00
HealthCare February 2011

Exercising Their Goodness

Two bat mitzvah projects hit close to home for a couple of local teens, and help kids here and in Israel.
07/22/2008 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

He was a distant cousin — literally; he 6,000 miles away in Israel, she on the Upper East Side.
But Katy Mayerson, 13, had grown close to Noam Mayerson over her many trips to Israel to see family.
“I really, really liked him and everybody liked him,” Katy said of her cousin. “I don’t know one person who didn’t — he was really smart and nice and loving, and there wasn’t really any bad aspect about him.”

Katy Mayerson was able to see her bat mitzvah project come to life.
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