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Simon Family JCC Personal Trainers bring expertise, value to members

March 22, 2019

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A personal trainer for 16 years, Simon Family JCC trainer Susan Vann-Spruill says it is important for gym members to approach fitness with a plan. Without one, she says, the results are often minimal or worse. “Many people come to the gym regularly without a real plan and as a result, see no progress or [...]

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Seven Jewish things to look for when Mueller wraps up his investigation

March 22, 2019

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WASHINGTON (JTA)—It looks like Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating alleged improprieties associated with Donald Trump’s presidency and election campaign, is wrapping up his report. Or maybe not. Mueller has over his near-two-year run led a leak-free operation, and no one is saying on the record that the report is completed. Last month, according to [...]

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CTeens visit Norfolk Police with freshly baked cookies

March 4, 2019

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Imagine a kitchen filled with three groups of teenagers hard at work baking chocolate chip cookies. Imagine they are Jewish teens from across Tidewater, representing a wide variety of schools and cities. And then, imagine they are baking cookies for others. Stop imagining, as this scene was very real at the inaugural CTeen of Hampton [...]

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To good health, happiness, and joy! Lisa Barr, MD publishes book to outsmart pain

March 4, 2019

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A component of many medical conditions, pain is complex. It is not just one thing—and the process of teasing out the one core issue at the root of the pain is challenging. In the first half of Outsmart Your Pain!, Lisa Barr, MD, reveals how stress and pain can become a habit caused by poor [...]

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Al Vorspan, Jewish social justice leader for the Reform movement, dies at 95

March 4, 2019

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(JTA)— Al Vorspan, who helped organize the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and served as the longtime director of the Commission on Social Action, has died. Vorspan, who also was former senior vice president of the Union for Reform Judaism, died on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the age of 95, according to the Union [...]

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Israel ranked 10th healthiest country in the world

March 4, 2019

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Israel is the 10th healthiest country in the world—54 spots ahead of the United States. The Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index, published last month, ranked 169 nations based on factors such as life expectancy and access to sanitation and medical care. Countries were penalized for tobacco use and obesity, among other health risks. Unsurprisingly, the Mediterranean diet—common [...]

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Documentary on Joseph Pulitzer recalls another era of president vs. the press

March 4, 2019

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LOS ANGELES (JTA)—It’s a story that would not sound too out of place in 2019: New York’s leading newspaper accuses the president of the United States of corruption and the latter sues the paper’s publisher for libel. Striking back, the publisher declares in an editorial that his newspaper “cannot be muzzled.” That confrontation actually happened [...]

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The Robert Kraft prostitute scandal is another PR headache for the ‘Jewish Nobel’ prize

March 4, 2019

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(JTA)—With the announcement in January that it had picked Robert Kraft as its 2019 laureate, the Genesis Prize seemed poised for a calmer year. Last year the foundation that awards the “Jewish Nobel,” as it’s called, picked actress and director Natalie Portman as an example of someone who provides “inspiration to the next generation of [...]

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Time to Write

February 18, 2019

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I formally retired from my Cardiology group after 45 years of practice in July 2018. Fortunate to be able to ease into retirement by ending night and weekend call after 35 years (which is obviously quite demanding and stressful), for the last several years, my practice was limited to two days per week in the [...]

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‘Golden Years’ filled with family, travel, and…work

February 18, 2019

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I’m glad to have this opportunity to reflect on my “golden years.” My long-suffering wife of 45 years, Carol, and I are worriers. So, prior to retiring, we spent lots of time worrying about having adequate health care and income so that once we retired we would, for the most part, not lose sleep over [...]

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