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PJCC Guest Author

PJCC Guest Author


Warning: Nature Hikes Can Lead to Radical Amazement

May 14, 2015 | 1 Comment

By Deborah Newbrun I have been leading a series of Jewish-themed nature hikes for the PJCC as part of their Jewish Wellness programming for several years. Often the first question on the hike is: What makes a hike Jewish? Jews have a blessing for what Abraham Joshua Heschel calls radical amazement, when you stop to notice […]

Joshua’s Summer of Growth

April 25, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Diana Blank Epstein Approaching the entrance of the PJCC, visitors are greeted with our guiding principles etched upon the pillars. One of these is Hachnasat Or’chim, which means “welcoming all” in Hebrew. I experienced this inclusivity up close when my husband and I registered our young son, who has special needs, for his very first “TYPICAL” camp […]

Your New Workout: Interval Training

April 23, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Torre Pusey, PJCC Personal Trainer Ready to take your workout to the next level? Want to burn more calories, burn more fat, see faster results, and be constantly challenged? Consider Interval Training. Often referred to as HIIT, High Intensity Interval Training has become a powerful tool for the everyday gym user. HIIT workouts evolve […]

Functional Training: Taking Your Workouts To The Next Level

February 24, 2015 | 1 Comment

By Chris Nash, PJCC Personal Trainer As a fitness professional for more than 15 years, I’ve witnessed many changes in the fitness industry. It used to be that gyms were limited to traditional equipment, such as bench and leg presses, that worked just one or two muscles at a time. But in recent years, a […]

The Case for Camp — Why Kids Need It Now More Than Ever

February 19, 2015 | 1 Comment

By Peg L. Smith Change is a part of life. It is often directly related to survival and can enrich one’s life in ways unexpected. Childhood is in essence a time of profound change and development. It is exciting and disquieting at the same time. When it comes to our children, we need to be […]

Half My Size: A Weight Loss Journey

January 28, 2015 | 1 Comment

By Randi  Reed, PJCC Assistant Camp Director Everyone asks me what happened. How did I do it? As a teenager at age 16 I weighed 350 lbs. If that sounds like it would be hard to overcome, it was. I had PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome) and I knew if I kept going and growing the […]

Baby Talk Before Baby Talks

December 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

How Baby Sign Language Can Help Ease Frustration Every parent’s been there, those fraught moments when their cuddly, cooing, oh-so-cute baby suddenly turns into a cranky, frustrated infant or toddler, spitting food, constantly crying, or even throwing tantrums. When it’s a toss-up over who’s more frantic and confused, baby or mommy, and it’s definitely not colic, […]

PJCC Personal Trainer Trade Secrets

November 18, 2014 | 1 Comment

By Herman Chan, PJCC Personal Trainer A fitness professional since 1989, PJCC Personal Trainer Herman Chan works with all ages, shapes, and types, motivating clients that range from stroke survivors to athletes in training. How does Herman help inspire all levels to maintain their enthusiasm for exercise? Fitness Novice Evaluate your goals. Are they realistic? Create goals you […]

Summer Fun Safety Tips

May 27, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Seth Hazen, PJCC Aquatics Manager Here are my top 5 tips for both keeping safe in the sun and at the pool. With summer fast approaching this is a great time to start preparing for fun in the sun! SUN SAFETY 1. The sun’s UV rays are strongest from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm […]

For Children, Learning Is Just A Day At The Beach

May 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Lisa Elliott, ECE Program Coordinator A Foundation of Preschool Learning: Water, Sand, Clay, Paint, and Blocks In a society of over-scheduled kids, the expectation of building your scholastic resume early, and so on, childrens’ play time can seem like a waste of time. What are they accomplishing? How will this add to their academic success? […]