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Healthy and Fit | Tip of the Week

Healthy and Fit | Tip of the Week 9 WAYS TO A HEALTHIER AND HAPPIER INDEPENDENCE DAY | Revitalize You MD Celebrating July 4th?  It is important to balance out all of the fun with a few helpful actions. Here are nine quick tips to help you have a healthier and happier Independence Day. DRINK LOTS OF WATER The summer is here, and that usually means that temperatures are …

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Cheesecake – The Taste of Shavuot

Holidays, especially Jewish Holidays, are not the best time to enforce a weight loss diet. Take Shavuot, which this year begins on the eve of Saturday, June 4. For reasons that some attribute to parsing of Jewish law and others, to a tradition that evolved amongst Eastern European Jews, dairy - cheese and one of its sweetest uses, cheesecake - is a Shavuot treat. And so, a …

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Why We Focus on Recovery

Recovery… to regain, rehab, repair, self-care: all fitness industry buzzwords. However, if you’ve taken Group Centergy at the JCC then you’ve heard the importance of Recovery countless times. The yoga, pilates-fusion based class ends with 5-10 minutes of guided meditation grounded in the philosophy that what you do after a workout, is as important as what you are doing during one. But what is Recovery? Is it only …

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The Secret to a Sweet Passover: Matzo Brittle

I used to joke that I chose our synagogue because I liked the cookbook. There was some truth to that although as far as recipes go, the very best one was not in the book. Every year, some of us volunteered to do a mass bake of Matzo Brittle to sell to members, using a recipe that I believe was handed down from our rabbi's …

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“Borcas” — Grandma Cele’s Beet Preserves

Another Passover Recipe My husband's Grandma Cele often talked about making her Passover specialties for her sons - carrot candy and something she called "borcas." I did not grow up in a home with Old Country food traditions, so I had no idea what she was talking about. After she'd passed away and I wanted to continue the family tradition, I asked around to find a recipe …

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8 Nights of Light: A Chanukah Menorah Infographic

The menorah is perhaps one of the most widely recognized symbols of Jewish culture and is the centerpiece of the Chanukah celebration. But how much do you really know about it? We’re sharing the fast facts you need to know about the Chanukkiah – from its history and meaning to the logistics of lighting yours – because it’s so much more than just a candelabra!

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Healthy and Sweet – A Recipe for Rosh Hashanah

Apples & Honey Quinoa Salad This salad is an easy, fun, and healthy way to enjoy apples and honey this Rosh Hashanah! Prep time: 15 minutes Serves: 4 Ingredients for Salad: ¼ cup brown rice ¼ cup quinoa (I used a microwavable brown rice & quinoa blend) 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 2 cups arugula 1 granny smith apple, diced ¼ cup chopped walnuts ¼ cup …

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I am on an Anxiety Roller Coaster

June 2, 2020 Once again, far too quickly, frequently and painfully, the curtains covering systemic racism have been pulled back and we see that which is too painful to look at and acknowledge.  The inequitable impact of COVID19 on low income communities and communities of Color is painful enough.  And yet there is more.  The series of injustices perpetrated against members of the Black community in …

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Stuck at home? Bake the Best Challah!

As we self-quarantine during this pandemic, many of us are re-focusing on domestic arts, especially baking. This shabbat, why not try your hand at baking challah? I contend that this recipe, shared many years ago at an NCJW meeting by Charlotte Sadofsky, is the best challah recipe, ever. It has all the eggs, oil, honey and sugar to make it the richest of all challahs. I …

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Can you avoid stress?

Stress is definitely a fact of life for all of us lately and for now, there is no end in sight. We may not be able to do anything about the source of our stress, but we can find ways to lower it. Try some of these ideas: Manage your time by making lists each day and then prioritizing. I have always been a big …

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