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Does working out keep you Jewish?

Does working out keep you Jewish?

FOR Daphna Krupp, her daily workout (excluding Shabbat) at the Jewish Community Center (JCC or “J”) of Greater Baltimore has become somewhat of a ritual. She not only attends fitness classes but also engages with the instructors and plugs the J’s social programs on her personal Facebook page.

“It’s the gym and the environment,” says Krupp. “It’s a great social network.”

Krupp, who lives in Pikesville, Md., is one of an estimated one million American Jewish members of more than 300 Js around the country.


Teen dances and shakes to fight Parkinson’s

Teen dances and shakes to fight Parkinson’s Teen Hero NEW YORK — Zoe Butchen didn’t know much about Parkinson’s disease the night her dad, Jeff, told her and her brother at their kitchen table of his recent diagnosis of the disorder. “I didn’t know what it was or what it meant,” said Butchen, 14. “But I thought that there had to be some way that I could get involved.” Inspired by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge — and the Taylor Swift song “Shake it Off” — she decided to post a video to social media of herself dan...

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Palestinians are embracing yoga

Palestinians are embracing yogaJERUSALEM — Inhale your arms up into warrior one. Exhale and extend your arms into warrior two. I followed the instructor’s soft but firm voice as she led me and five other women through the yoga poses, and the deep breathing helped to calm my nerves. The large tiled room was gently lit through white curtains that masked the busy city life outside Farashe Yoga. Farashe is Arabic for butterfly, and the busy city outside the studio’s walls is Ramallah. Exhale into your reverse warrior, th...

Para-chaplain volunteers learn how to ‘be there’

Para-chaplain volunteers learn how to ‘be there’MARGARET BALLONOFF, a para-chaplain for Jewish Family Service since 2009, is refreshingly at ease in her own skin. Grateful for the challenges and rewards inherent in volunteering, she radiates undeniable self-fulfillment. The primary responsibility of a JFS para-chaplain is comforting the living, whether depressed, lonely, isolated, or desirous of a little Shabbat serenity or Chanukah cheer. Most para-chaplains lead Jewish holiday and Shabbat services now. But Ballonoff has taken on the mos...

Japan struggles with the Holocaust

Japan struggles with the HolocaustFUKUYAMA, JAPAN — In the auditorium of this country’s main Holocaust education center, a teenage actor explains the dilemma that faced a Japanese diplomat during WW II. “My conscience tells me I must act a certain way, but doing so means defying my commanders,” says the actor portraying Chiune Sugihara, the Empire of Japan’s wartime vice consul in Lithuania. In 1940, Sugihara rescued 6,000 people by granting them transit visas to Japan in defiance of Tokyo’s orders. Some of them su...
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