May 27, 2013
Health Fair Exceeds Expectations
Photos: Levi Percia/COLlive

500 people showed up for the first health fair in Crown Heights, sampling foods, experimenting equipment and learning about nearby services. Here are the raffle winners.

By COLlive reporter
Photos by Levi Percia

An overflow crowd of 500 people, of diverse backgrounds and interests, packed the Lubavitch Yeshiva ballroom on Sunday for the first Crown Heights Health and Wellness Fair.

Mutual to all of their minds was the Torah's command of "You shall watch yourselves very well" (venishmartem meod lenafshoteichem).

It was an event that, for the first time, showed the expanding awareness of local Jewish community members in all things health, a gradual break from the past when smoking and fatty foods were the standard.

The fair was organized by Chaim Backman, a physical therapist in Crown Heights and a triathlon coach. Local businesses joined as co-sponsors. was the media sponsor.

"By all accounts, this was a success," Backman said. "The vendors were very happy with the large turnout and were already asking when will be the next expo."

There were lines waiting for delicious health shakes prepared by Natural Treats, while employees of Mr. Green's were handing out slices of fresh, cut up fruit. But participants were not only there to take, but also to give. The Ahavas Chessed blood drive collected over 20 pints of blood.

In addition to vendors displaying their services, there were informative and even thought provoking presentations, such as 2 donor recipients. The one who lives in Crown Heights received a double lung transplant and went from death's door to returning to a fully functional life with his family.

Representatives of Gymies/The Space spoke about the importance of exercise and different types of programs, Friendship Circle about helping people with disabilities, a nutritionist of Sunshine Pharmacy reviewed vitamins for good health and Margaret Tietz Rehab Center presented their fully Glatt kosher and Shomer Shabbos state of the art rehab facility.

Backman said many have expressed their appreciation for such a fair being organized. "I can't believe we have so many resources here in Crown Heights," one attendee told him. "I never knew about most of these people."

One parent was happy to learn about the expanding variety of kosher gluten free food for his child, while others had their children signed up for exercise classes. "I'm getting my husband a yoga class as a surprise," one woman said.

Here are the winners of the raffles held at the end of the expo:

Margaret Tietz Rehab center gift basket: R. Yaffee
Bussani Mobility gift card: Miriam Shurpin
1 hour craniosacral therapy by RL Shapiro: Sarah Yarmush
Jackrabbit gift cards (2 x $25): Rivkie Groyer, Rivkie Shusterman
Solomon and Samson: D. Piekarski
1 hour session by All Align: Yakov Shapiro
Shira Nesenoff Dance Studio: E. Shain
Hour consultation by attorney J Weissman: C Telsner
Sprout a Healthy Child: Miriam Osdaba
Session with personal trainer Nechama Glick: Tanenbaum
Golden Review Rx: A Piekarski
All My Children Daycare: Leah Ezagui (loving family doll house) and Chani Kozliner (Mr. Potato Head)

Organizers seek your feedback and can be reached at

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Shapiro beauties!
Yasher Koach
(5/28/2013 1:33:40 AM)
Friendship Circle
(5/28/2013 2:31:11 AM)
Y to the Pizzzzy
Yankee P you da man!
(5/28/2013 5:46:14 AM)
can we get a list of all the vendors and phone numbers?
i wish i couldve been there!! when is the next evenT????
(5/28/2013 9:17:53 AM)
One of the sponsors of this event, HODS (Halachic Organ Donor Society), is based on the position that accepts brain-stem death as halachic death. Is this the position of the Rabbonim of Lubavitch in general and Crown Heights in particular?
(5/28/2013 9:20:30 AM)
Go Nechama!
Very nice booth!
(5/28/2013 9:21:47 AM)
Leah D.
Chaim, where are you in the pictures? I see Sandra and Nechama Dina!!!
(5/28/2013 9:26:29 AM)
Didn't c any massage therapists there, eventhough they advertised.can anyone post info on that please.interested in deep tissue massages
(5/28/2013 9:39:33 AM)
Thank you Chaim Backman!!
(5/28/2013 9:44:15 AM)
Who won the free Krav Maga training session?
That's what I came for!
(5/28/2013 10:07:03 AM)
One thing i would have been interested in is, where do i get a pedicure for my husband? Obviously i mean for a male to do it for him. Just like women feel better after they have a pedicure done i know that many men can benefit from this service, especially if they r diabetic there feet tend to hurt a lot. A real manicure with scrub and everything
(5/28/2013 11:00:40 AM)
to #11
There is a men's spa in Manhattan called NICKEL Spa for Men . They do have women working there though so you need to specifically request a male.
Best of luck. They have a different special every month I think
(5/28/2013 12:26:53 PM)
Not the first CH Health Fair
Don't forget that Revive the Tribe did a couple of health fairs already! See the facebook page under same name.

Also see
(5/28/2013 2:23:56 PM)
Massage Therapists
There were two massage therapists at the event with their massage chair. They were also giving info about their craniosacral and feldenkrais therapies. They come highly recommended!

Call for appt 917.373.4870
(5/28/2013 2:30:25 PM)
to #5 Wolfson
To get the most realistic answer, ask a Rav who had a relative in need of an organ transplant.
Then he will truly understand the importance of organ donation and the lack of Frum donors.
As is all too common amongst us Frum Jews, we all want to take but never give. Life is a two way road. Just ask those who recieved organs and are now back living fully functional lives.
After 120: we don't need our organs; but others do so that they may live; and their families can celebrate Simchas together with them
(5/28/2013 2:58:03 PM)
Vitamin D
Yankee P Hows the vitamin D Treating YOU?!?
(5/28/2013 3:10:05 PM)
thank you yeled v'yalda
(5/28/2013 3:25:47 PM)
Chanie P.
See what we missed? (=
(5/28/2013 3:27:54 PM)
The Best!!
Go Chaya Batsheva and Rochel Leah!! Your fan from Toronto:)
(5/28/2013 3:28:44 PM)
good for you, Rochel Leah and Chaya Batsheva!!
Lots of luck bringing people to better wellness and awareness :)
(5/28/2013 3:36:52 PM)
May Hashem continue to give you and your family gezunt, parnassah and strength!
(5/28/2013 9:57:41 PM)
Team Friendship was the awesomest booth!!
Why only 1 pic of Team Friendship? Super fun fair!!
(5/29/2013 3:44:40 PM)
Achieving driving independents
Triboro driver rehab is a great driving school for people with disabilies
(5/30/2013 2:07:39 PM)
if it isnt my family!
Hello Zaidy Shain and my Uncle Yossi!
A Shain granddaughter.
(5/30/2013 9:21:26 PM)
Hey Sandra!
Lookin' gorgeous!
(5/31/2013 7:37:25 PM)
Senior Citizen Lover.. lol
Hi everyone...

I wish they would have more of these fairs. Knowledge is truly POWER!!! I really learned a lot about how differently people look at life and their health etc.

I can't wait till the next one so I can really prepare myself and educate people about protecting their loved ones income and assets BEFORE they get sick etc... once the patient is in a facility or needs home care it's harder to file for Medicaid, but still very possible (that;s when most clients contact me and I get it done).

The Seniors that I've met (in the thousands) all have the same issue. They worked hard their entire life, bought a home, saved some money, are getting social security and then boom, they get sick and their families don't know how to handle it.

So, they end up either losing everything to pay for the health care (it finishes pretty fast) and the families get nothing, (meaning the patients wish of their children or grandchildren or spouse getting something from their will is not granted). Also, many many many patients have dementia/Alzheimers... they don;'t understand what anyone wants and so the family members get frustrated and end up giving over the case to the facilities who get them approved, BUT only after they're eligible.. meaning after they PAID the Nursing Home and are left with nothing.. so of course their eligible..

anyway.. as u can see I am very passionate about helping the old and forgotten. It bothers me to no end when Seniors are taken advantage of....

until next time.. call me if you or someone u know needs help. If I can't help.. I probably know someone who can. I know the industry inside out.

Peace and love.. Miriam Grady 347-765-7605

(6/5/2013 4:52:46 PM)
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