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Passover Granola Snack

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Posted by: Stacey Herman on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 10:00:00 am Comments (0)
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Tired of the Matzah yet?  Here is a delicious Passover Granola Recipe to sweeten up your Passover from Shalom Stacey that is sure to delight.

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Exercise for Mental Fitness

Friday, April 11, 2014
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 12:00:00 pm Comments (0)
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Many people are familiar with the physical benefits of exercise. Whether you exercise to control weight, prevent disease, look fitter or increase your energy levels, everyone can benefit.

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What's on your Seder Plate?

Friday, April 11, 2014
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 9:00:00 am Comments (0)
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Support the J with a "click" a day!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
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You can help with just a daily click!

We need your help!!!! It will only take a minute!

Our JCC has entered the Seeds of Change® Grant Program.

These grants will be awarded to organizations that help support and develop sustainable, community-based gardening programs that focus on teaching people where their food comes from and the delicious ways it can end up on your plate. 

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Exercise of the Month: High Knee to Rear Lunge

Friday, April 4, 2014
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 11:00:00 am Comments (0)
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This month's Fitness Focus exercise of the month: Step Up: High Knee to Rear Lunge

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Food as your Medicine

Friday, March 28, 2014
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Friday, March 28, 2014 at 11:00:00 am Comments (0)
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Food is an important part of our daily lives.  The question is - When we eat, do we really grasp the importance of our action? There are many claims connecting a healthy diet with prevention & disease reversal - from obesity to diabetes to cancer. A healthy diet can be a powerful. If we start thinking about food as our medicine – we could change our health for a life time.

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Celebrate

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 11:00:00 am Comments (0)
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Harriet and George Blank are the 2014 Committee Co-Chairs of the “Second Annual A Night to Celebrate Israel”, which takes place on Thursday, April 3, 6:30p.m. at Raritan Valley Country Club in Bridgewater.  The event is open to the community and registrations are still being accepted.  George Blank offered these reflections on the upcoming event…

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Wisdom from the French & those successful in weight loss

Friday, March 21, 2014
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 10:00:00 am Comments (0)
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When the words “chocolate cake” are mentioned to the French, most of them respond with connotations that describe celebrations.  Conversely, Americans most frequently respond with words like “guilt” and “bad”.  Although the US is the most educated country in the world when it comes to nutrition, we tend to be some of the unhealthiest eaters.   When I asked a few people successful in weight loss what nutrition meant to them, I found they thought more like the French. Specifically, I asked what nutrition means to them and what has helped them keep the weight off.

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Local Teens selected for Project Gesher

Friday, March 21, 2014
Posted by: Debbie Golden on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 9:00:00 am Comments (0)
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The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center is pleased to announce that five local teens have been selected to represent the community for Project Gesher.  This exciting new program will accept 24 teens from Grade 9 representing different participating JCC communities:  Bridgewater, Central/MetroWest, Margate and Wilmington, DE. There will also be 24 teens from the Partnership2Gether (P2G) Israel communities of Ofakim and Arad. The Project Gesher program provides a unique opportunity for teens to explore and experience Israel and its people.

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What you should consider when your looking for a camp?

Posted by: Stacey Herman on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 10:00:00 am Comments (0)
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Searching for a summer camp for your child can be a challenging and daunting task for parents.  There are so many options to choose from day camp, overnight camp, sports camps, science camps and the list of types goes on and on.  But there are other things to consider as well such as cost, setting and location.  With that in mind, we hope to making choosing your summer camp a little easier with this handy check list.

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Judith Resnick - Jewish American Astronaut

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Posted by: Julie Berniker on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 10:00:00 am Comments (0)
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Judith Resnik was one of the seven crew members who died in the tragic explosion of the space shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986. She was the second American woman to travel to space, and the fourth womanworldwide. Judith was born as Judith Arlene Resnik on April 5, 1949, to her first-generation Jewish-Russian Parents.

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Happy Purim

Monday, March 17, 2014
Posted by: Laura Friedman on Monday, March 17, 2014 at 12:00:00 pm Comments (0)
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Purim is now upon us. Many of us will dress in costume. Others of us will hear the Megilla, or Scroll of Esther, read in synagogue and then join together for a festive meal. We have a mandate to give tzedaka on Purim, and also to give gifts to our friends to celebrate our ancient victory. Some of us will have a drink to commemorate the many wine parties in the book. 

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LesMills BodyVive is coming to the JCC.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 11:00:00 am Comments (0)
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BODYVIVE™ is the low-impact, whole body group fitness workout that uses VIVE™ balls, VIVE™ tubes and body weight to boost fitness and core strength. There are inspirational instructors and music to motivate you. Best of all, you're left fizzing with energy, so you can really take life on! Like all the LES MILLS™ programs, a new BODYVIVE™ class is released every three months with new music and choreography.

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Welcome to the new Fitness at the JCC: The JFit Club

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
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We are re-imaging the fitness experience at the JCC and bringing your fitness to a whole new level..  Welcome to the JFit Club!

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Special Needs Program Comes to the JCC

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Posted by: Julie Berniker on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 9:00:00 am Comments (0)
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Our JCC family is delighted to be the new home of the Bridgewater Rising Tide, a volunteer organization that aids swimmers with special needs. Our fantastic coaches are dedicated to bringing pride into the lives of all involved.

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Terry O'Shea of Bridgewater wins Jeopardy College Championship

Posted by: Ken Kaus on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
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The Answer is: Terry O'Shea

The Question: What do Jeopardy and JCC Camp Rauch have in common?

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Burt Bacharach - A soundtrack to the Oscars

Monday, March 3, 2014
Posted by: Julie Berniker on Monday, March 3, 2014 at 11:00:00 am Comments (1)
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March 2, 2014 marks the 86th Academy Awards Ceremony so we thought we would highlight Jewish Academy Award winner Burt Bacharach.  Burt Freeman Bacharach, born May 12, 1928, is an American singer–songwriter, composer, record producer and pianist. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri and is of German-Jewish decent.

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11 Tips for Tapering at the End of the Swimming Season

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Posted by: Mike Yearwood on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:00:00 pm Comments (0)
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Every year at the end of a long tough swimming season, your best race could come down to how you taper at the end of the season.  Are you ready to race?  Here are 11 swimming tips to help you train to finish first.

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What is the Jewish Holiday of Purim?

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Sometimes called the Jewish Mardi Gras, Purim is the celebration of deliverance from a plot of extermination in ancient Persia.

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Potholes: A Love Story

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:00:00 am Comments (0)

Let's face it, after Thanksgiving and the New Year's holidays, there is only one thing to look forward to besides spring.  And that is pothole season.  Yes I said it, pothole season is a joyous time of year for so many reasons.

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Meet the Olympians

Friday, February 7, 2014
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 1:00:00 pm Comments (0)

In the 2014 Winter Olympics held in Sochi, Russa, the Nation of Israel will be represented by 5 athletes.

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Matisyahu: Jewish Rock Raggae

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 10:00:00 am Comments (0)

Born Matthew Miller, in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Matisyahu grew up in White Plains, NY.  He grew up in a household learning traditional Jewish values in Hebrew School and in Synagogue.  However, as he entered his teen years, he began to rebel against these traditional values and even dropped out of high school.  By the age of 16, Matisyahu started to find his way back to his Jewish roots.  Seeing the void in himself, Matisyahu left White Plains for a camping trip in Colorado.

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New Year. New Challenges.

Friday, January 24, 2014
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
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Let me guess: you want to lose weight or simply eat healthier in 2014.  You’re not alone, as this is the most common resolution in the U.S.  Despite our good intentions, research suggests that just 8% of us are able to achieve our New Year’s resolutions.   That’s a 92% failure rate! I would argue that our time and energy could be better spent elsewhere.

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Tu B'Shevat, The New Year for the Trees

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:00:00 am Comments (0)

Tu B'Shevat, the new year for the trees.  Learn about the hoilday the is becoming the Jewish Earth Day.

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EXERCISE OF THE MONTH: Hip Thruster

Friday, January 10, 2014
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
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Primary Muscle Used: 

Glutes &Hamstrings

Benefits:

 Core stabilization & glute strength

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Artist of the Month: Joan Handel

Thursday, January 9, 2014
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 10:00:00 am Comments (0)

Each Month, we feature a local artist in the main hallway of the JCC.  Our first artist of 2014 is Joan Handel.  Make sure you take a few minutes to view all of the photos hanging in the hall.

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Website Enhancements

Monday, December 9, 2013
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 10:45:00 am Comments (0)

Good Morning.  It's cold, icy and rainy outside but we have something to warm you up on the inside.

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Happy Chanukah

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 2:00:00 pm Comments (0)

I hope you have enjoyed our 8 days of Chaunkah Blogs.  Today, we wrap up with 8 Chanukah Greeatings.

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Preschool Thoughts on Chanukah

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 4:00:00 pm Comments (0)

In the past 6 days, we've written alot about Chanukah, shown you beautiful pictures and shared some wonderful recipes.  Today, in our 7th post leading up to Chanukah, please enjoy 8 of our preschool children sharing their thoughts on food, family and presents.

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More Chanunkah Recipes

Monday, November 25, 2013
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Monday, November 25, 2013 at 5:00:00 pm Comments (0)

Chanukah is not just about latkes and donuts.  The is a world full of recipes for the holiday. In our sixth installment of Chanukah Blogs, here are 8 delicious recipes we found.

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