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Ozzie Nogg

Who wouldn’t want to take home a $100 gift certificate from Lululemon, two months of free Jazzercise, two weeks of free Tai Chi, or three free Yoga classes? You could be a lucky winner during Beth El Synagogue’s Miriam Initiative Fitness Sampler scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Jewish Community Center. The event will offer samplings of Yoga (led by Shiri Philips), Jazzercise (led by Caryn Scheer), and Tai Chi (led by Beth Staenberg) and is free of charge and open to all women in the Jewish community.

“The Sampler is a brand new idea that’ll be a whole lot of fun,” said Joanie Jacobson, general chairperson of the Initiative. “It’s a perfect opportunity to try out a variety of new and pleasant ways to stay fit and healthy. How many of us say we want to get back to exercise or find a new way to exercise but we never do? We don’t have the time. We don’t take the time. Problem solved. Now you can enjoy two hours of one-stop fitness shopping free of charge — and all for your own good!”
The Fitness Sampler begins promptly at 10 a.m. and features three 25-minute sessions in rotation with two 10-minute passing periods. The first rotation runs from 10:15 a.m. to 10:40 a.m., the second rotation from 10:50 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and the third from 11:25 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. A participant can sample all three disciplines or just two or even one depending on her curiosity.

“The idea for the Sampler came from the Initiative’s Design Team,” Jacobson said. “The committee meets once a year to brainstorm ideas for our upcoming season. We wanted to address health and fitness in a fun and inclusive way and ended up with a totally new concept. It was a win-win-win.” Members of the Design Team are Jenny Gates Beckman, Pam Friedlander, Margie Gutnik, Amy Isaacson, Abby Kutler, Patty (Steve) Nogg, Shiri Phillips, Caryn Rifkin, Caryn Scheer and Melissa Shapiro.

“Caryn Scheer, Shiri and Beth have been teaching their passion for years,” Jacobson continued, “and they’re excited about sharing their passion on Nov. 17. Pick your pleasure, pick your time — you’ll leave feeling energized, motivated and proud of the fact you did something positive about your physical and mental well-being. Maybe even win one of those great gift certificates.”

The three free Yoga classes were donated by Pranam Yoga Shala, 3925 Farnam; Jazzercise gift certificates can be used at any of the three nearby Jazzercise locations (156th & Maple, 132nd & Center, 90th & Blondo); the Tai Chi gift certificates were donated by Karma Yoga on 156th and Dodge.

Registration is preferred in order to determine class sizes. To register for the Nov. 17 Fitness Sampler, please go to the Beth El website: or call Robby Erlich for details: 402.492.8550.

The Miriam Initiative is an ongoing series of projects and programs created and implemented by Beth El women. The Initiative welcomes all women who want to participate at any level from leadership to fellowship.