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Wonder Woman is my Rabbi: A Fangirl’s Jewish Review

Let me start out with an admission: I am an unabashed fangirl of DC comics’ pantheon of characters. Ever since I secretly watched Batman: The Animated Series in my parents’ basement, I adored every hero (and some of the villains) DC produced. I still occasionally watch Justice League Unlimited as...

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Doctor’s Warning: These Bikes May be Habit-Forming

In honor of National Bike Month, Antoinette Rose, MD, internal medicine physician and the volunteer captain of the Oshman Family JCC Expresso Bike Team, takes a moment to explain the program’s appeal and why her team is in the lead of the JCC Expresso Bike Challenge. OFJCC: What are Expresso bikes? Dr....

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My First Bike to Work Day

OFJCC Staffer Andrea Longini opens up about overcoming her fear of biking in time for Bike to Work Day. As part of National Bike Month, tomorrow, May 11, is Bay Area Bike to Work Day. Local bicycle advocacy groups are asking folks to dust off their old iron steed and take...

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They Told Me I Couldn’t, That’s Why I Did

OFJCC Specialized Trainer Joe Kelso describes how he trained himself for long distance running with a shift in philosophy. In 2005, I saw a podiatrist for my inflamed Achilles tendon. At the time, I had been running 10ks and half marathons, but my goal was to run full marathons and...

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Stand Out in a Crowd

OFJCC Personal Trainer Lyndsey Jones shares profound insight from her trip to Japan. The last time I wrote I had just gotten back from my first solo trip to Peru, exhilarated by the perspective I gained. Even so, I couldn’t wait to embark on another journey. My goal in traveling is to experience other...

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Why on Earth isn’t Every Day Earth Day?

OFJCC Garden Pedagogista Debbie Togliatti ponders the impact of small actions in the big scheme of things. It’s the eve of Earth Day, and I’m wondering how people will choose to honor the one day out of the year when we devote ourselves to thinking about our planet and/or taking action...

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Instructor Spotlight: Betty S. Says ‘Keep Going’

OFJCC yoga instructor Betty Strain shares her 50 year journey with the practice of yoga and advises us to keep going from her vantage point at 83. My philosophy is to not sit around doing nothing—get out and do something! As my mother used to say with her accent, “You...

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OFJCC to Pilot Afterschool Program to Space

The OFJCC introduces an innovative program to send kids to space. April 1, 2017—Palo Alto—In partnership with their neighbors at Loral, Lockheed and NASA, the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto will pilot an afterschool initiative to explore the outer reaches of the galaxy. “As the incubator for new expressions...

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My Success Story: Journey to a Healthier Me

OFJCC member Rose Hagan shares her journey to better health with Specialized Trainer Joe Kelso. When I started working out with Joe Kelso, I was at least 20 pounds overweight and had plantar fasciitis and a bad knee. I couldn’t run for three minutes on the treadmill and had a...

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Teacher Debbie: The Jewish Value of Eating in Season

Beloved preschool teacher and Garden Pedagogista Debbie Togliatti shares her wisdom on respecting the land by eating according to the seasons. Even though spring hasn’t arrived yet, I’m already dreaming about what’ll come in summer: juicy tomatoes and stone fruit, especially sweet cherries, crisp cucumbers, more zucchini than I’ll ever be...