Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Eat Right And Exercise, Conservative Rabbis Told

“Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, the executive vice president of the Rabbinical Assembly, is asking her colleagues to join the U.S. President’s fitness challenge as part of a new initiative called The Shalem Campaign, which will launch on Jan. 1. The initiative was announced last week. It is the first time that a rabbinic group has issued a fitness challenge, according to the Rabbinical Assembly. ‘With so many people facing significant stress, healthy lifestyle habits often fall by the wayside,” Schonfeld said in a news release. ‘Now, more than ever, we need our leaders to provide a model for investing in our own health as a contribution to our families and communities as well as to ourselves. Rabbis interact with people on so many levels, at every stage of the lifecycle. If they model positive values of physical, mental and spiritual health, it will only have a positive effect on members of the community and the public.’ Rabbis Lisa Gelber and Aaron Gaber, co-chairs of The Shalem Campaign, said in a letter to their colleagues...

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