Your Jewish Body, Mind and Soul Series—Participants Nourished their Bodies, Enlightened their Minds and Exercised their Muscles

Posted By: jgoggins on May 17, 2012 in Blog, Events
Jewish Body Mind Soul
More than 23 participants joined Rabbi Michael Ungar for a three-week series entitled “Your Jewish Body, Mind and Soul” held in conjunction with the JCC. Focusing on Jewish teachings about the body, mind and soul connection, this series explored what Judaism says about taking care of oneself, healing, appreciating the body and respect for what G-d has given us. Each evening included: a nutritious, Kosher dinner catered by the JCC, a lecture exploring what Judaism says about taking care of oneself and the use of the JCC’s Diamond Family Fitness Center following the lecture.

This first session delved into The Five Books of Moses and parts of the Torah that focus on physical well-being. At the second session, participants learned about good health, nutrition, sleep and exercise and how Maimonides, the great philosopher, physician and expert on Jewish law, wrote about their importance in The Middle Ages and how they remain relevant today. The third week’s subject—Brain Biology and Belief was based on the book Why G-d Won’t Go Away, which looked at the latest research on how our brain is built to experience the world — and the world beyond our world.

During each of the three sessions, guest dined on Kosher meals that featured entrees and dishes such as: tilapia, fingerling potatoes, spinach sautéed with sun-dried tomatoes and shallots, mix berry fruit crisps, tofu, a rice blend with wheat berries, grilled vegetables and other delectable, healthy foods.

JCC Fitness Program Director Beth McCullough and JCC Trainer Sarah Livingston instruct Jewish Mind, Body and Soul participants in the proper use of weight equipment.

JCC Fitness Program Director Beth McCullough and JCC Trainer Sarah Livingston instruct Jewish Mind, Body and Soul participants in the proper use of weight equipment.


Rabbi Ungar shares how The Torah teaches to care for one’s health and body through good nutrition, exercise and sleep.

Rabbi Ungar shares how The Torah teaches to care for one’s health and body through good nutrition, exercise and sleep.


After the lectures, JCC personal trainers instructed participants on the use of equipment in the cardio area and offered suggestions on how to incorporate the newly-introduced equipment into their workouts. Participants also learned about the importance of weight training and attended a group exercise class.

Look for other exciting JCC/synagogue collaborations in the coming months! For more information contact Member Services Director Linda Starr at 614.559.6229.

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