Connecting with Nature Drew Over 50 for Tai Chi, Hike, Lunch and Schmoozing

The weather was perfect on Friday, September 16, when over 50 women journeyed to Parkland’s Turkey Run Park for “Connecting with Nature,” the first in a series of events planned to engage a cross-section of Jewish women in activities they enjoy.

The women were given a choice of an easy hike in the surrounding woods led by The J’s JOFEE Fellow Michael Fraade (JOFEE is Jewish Outdoor, Food and Environmental Education) or doing an hour-long Tai Chi class with Joan Richert of St. Matthews Martial Arts. By popular request a third option was created on the spot. Those who wanted to do both were encouraged to do the first part of the hike then return to the open area for the second half of the Tai Chi class.

The activities were followed by a vegan feast prepared by chef Mat Shalenko that featured some of the produce harvested from The J’s garden.

The event also offered plenty of time to make new acquaintances and visit with friends.

“Connecting with Nature” was hosted by Debbie Friedman and Ann Zimmerman.

Additional Connecting Series events are being planned. If you have a program idea you’d like to share, send it to Jewish Federation Vice President of Philanthropy Stacy Gordon-Funk,

Members of the Women’s Philanthropy Cabinet are Dr. Karen Abrams, Keren Benabou, Dr. Shellie Branson, Viki Diaz, Julie Ensign, Debbie Friedman, Jane Goldstein, Stacy Gordon-Funk, Cheryl Karp, Kate Latts, Robin Miller, Susan Rudy, Julie Segal, Jennifer Tuvlin and Ann Zimmerman.

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