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If you have not already done so, mark your calendar NOW for a great evening to focus on you at a special Beth Israel event, just for Omaha’s wonderful community of Jewish women.  “Mind. Body. Soul – A evening of fun and wellness for women” will take place Saturday, January 29th, at 7pm at Beth Israel Synagogue.  Registration is required to participate. 

Originally planned pre-pandemic, the organizers are excited to now be able to provide an evening with a bit of pampering, friendship, and, healthy refreshments.  Event organizers include Laura Dembitzer, Anna Priluck, Shiran Dreyer, Helene Shrago, Melissa Shrago, Sharon Kirshenbaum, Karen Cohen, Patricia Kanwiesky, Stephanie Beneda, and Andrea Shnayder,

Melissa Shrago is thrilled to be leading one of the evening’s activities.  A certified SHiNE Fitness instructor, she will lead a 30-minute fitness class for all attendees.  “I am so happy that I can introduce the fun of the SHiNE program during this event.  Participants will find this to be a fitness routine that is so much fun, one forgets one is working out” she enthusiastically shares.  “The program’s goal is to let ‘you do you’ and to be the best you can be. It is empowering and is designed for each participant to let loose and do what is comfortable.” Melissa, who teaches classes at a friend’s studio, shared that during a recent class, a young woman commented after the day she had, she wasn’t sure she could get both her arms and feet to move at the same time.  Melissa’s immediate response was to tell her to just move her feet. “The program is truly designed to keep a person moving with absolutely no judgement” she concludes. 

Another treat during the evening will be found at the wine bar as Sivan Cohen, Omaha’s Community Shlicha.  A certified wine and spirit connoisseur, she will be serving and talking about wine during the event.  From Akko, Sivan has guided at various wineries in Israel and has worked with international alcohol, wine and beer brands at exhibitions, festivals, shows and other events. Her explanations of the selections will let attendees learn more about the wine offerings while also providing the opportunity to get to know Sivan better. 

Open to the women of Omaha Jewish community, 16 years or older, registration will include a wine bar, Shine Dance fitness class, and a healthy dairy snack bar. Optional add-ons include a $15 mini facial by Stephanie Beneda, a certified aesthetician with Forever Natural Skin.  The facial includes customized cleansing, mask, and jade stone therapy.  Chair massages will also be available for $10.

Event registration is $15 per person plus the fees for any "add on" activities.  Those registering before January 16 will receive a free t-shirt.   Space is limited and registration closes January 21.  The registration link is tinyurl.com/bisraelwomen and will also be provided on Beth Israel’ weekly email.  Registration and inquiries can also be made to executiveasst@orthodoxomaha.org or (402) 556-6288.  Attire is workout casual and properly worn face masks are required.