Exhibiting at today's Crown Heights Health and Wellness Fair will be the "Fighting Rabbi" and a live presentation of the CrossFit exercise program.
By COLlive reporter
The First Annual Crown Heights Health and Wellness Fair to take place Sunday, May 26, from 5:00 to 9:00 PM, is expected to be as diverse as the residents of this Brooklyn neighborhood.
With a growing interest in well-being in the Jewish community, the fair will display a variety of local health and wellness vendors, and a series of lectures and demonstrations.
Chief among them will be the live presentations of the people behind Gymies gymnastic program for children in Crown Heights and its new sister company, The Space for adults.
"We are really excited to take out some of the mystery in movement," they said. "Our goal is to address some of the real questions that we have received from the last 5 years of experience with Gymies and the past 3 months at The Space."
They will be presenting the CrossFit exercise program used by many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide.
Other demonstrations will address how to become a better runner and the "Treadmill Myth - Caloric intake vs Calorie burn," will be held at several times: 5:40, 6:40, 7:40 and 8:40 PM.
A more intense exhibitor will be Rabbi Michoel Shapiro, a.k.a The Fighting Rabbi, a certified instructor in Israeli self-defense systems Krav Maga and Haganah (F.I.G.H.T.).
Drawing upon over 10 years of experience with these proven systems as well as elements of Brazilian Jujitsu, Shapiro teaches students how to defend against an attacker who is stronger, more skilled, and even armed.
Rabbi Shapiro also instructs on conceptual principles of self-defense, the legalities of using physical force, and the perspective of halacha on self-protection.
"Taking self-defense lessons is excellent exercise," says Shapiro, who leads private and group men's classes for teens and adults. "While you are learning to save your life, you are also improving your health."
And for those with concerns about career direction, shidduchim, raising healthy children, marital adjustment and other life challenges, there will be psychologist Dr. Elka Jacobs-Pinson who has been providing services to the Crown Heights community for years.
Yossi Feigenson, MHC, who works with Dr. Pinson, says that, "Times have changed and people have become much more open to seeking help for emotional concerns and they deserve professional, experienced and, very importantly, confidential help."
The fair will take place at the main hall of the Lubavitch Yeshiva at 570 Crown Street in Crown Heights. Entry is free. Refreshments will be provided by Natural Treats and Mr. Green's.