Author Archives: The Jewish Lady

Anti-Semitic Outrage at Swiss Hotel

After watching endless coverage of the outrageous and completely unnecessary riot in Charlottesville, VA, I thought that incident was at the top of the anti-Semitic outrage list for the week.

Imagine my surprise when this insanity popped up in my Twitter feed:

Ruth Thomann, who is the manager of the Aparthaus Paradies hotel in Switzerland, not only wrote it, but was willing to put her name on it! According to this article, she claims that the sign was posted after “two Jewish girls had gone into the swimming pool without taking a shower.”

Such a comment is so offensive, on so many levels, because it implies that Jews are inherently dirty by nature, that they are physically dirty due to bad hygiene, and that Gentiles are neither. (Obviously, all of the above is completely untrue and any rational mind knows that!)

This hotel had a reputation for accommodating Kashrut and rules about Shabbat, making it popular with Orthodox Jewish visitors, which is even more bewildering.

Such incidents prove that anti-Semitism is thriving in Europe, just as it has for centuries. The big difference now is that such evil acts can go viral through the internet, raising awareness and penalizing those who do wrong.

Personally, I would not stay at this hotel if they paid me and I sincerely encourage others to avoid it like the plague it is until they offer a formal apology and fire the manager. Two-faced folks that are willing to take Jewish money with one hand and slap us across the face with the other hand can not be tolerated!

Family Fitness: How to Be Active Together

Everyone wants to live a healthy lifestyle, yet millions are overweight, inactive, and unwell. Most of us are so overscheduled, overtired, and overwhelmed, it seems impossible to find the time and energy needed for exercise. According to fitness expert Denise Locsin, staying fit as a family can help everyone get into shape. In the following guest post, she offers some great tips.  

The lazy days of summer are winding down and you know what that means: the hectic schedules are just beginning. Between back-to-school shopping, picking the kids up from camp, soaking up some rays of sun at the beach, and/or squeezing in a last-minute family vacation, it’s no surprise that fitness ends up on the back burner.

With 4 children, and a busy career, I struggle to find the right moment to exercise. Being a fitness coach, you would think I’d have mastered it, but my family is no different from any other. Because I know how important it is to keep the whole family active, we make it a priority.

To commit to becoming active together, it’s critical to plan ahead. Having a scheduled time prevents conflict with other commitments. It’s also important to take advantage of your routine. Getting in the rhythm of my children’s schedule helps me decide what activities are best for that day, based on the time available.

One dispute that comes up is the amount of time my kids spend on devices. By setting a time limit (under 2 hours), it allows them to enjoy their screen time, but also gives us a chance to get fresh air as a family. Don’t worry about finding hours for hikes and bike rides. Even a quick stroll through the neighborhood does the trick and is much more manageable.

To keep my family interested, I try to not overdo it. Allowing your children to choose the “Activity of the Day” makes them feel like they have more say and increases their excitement. Dreading physical activity is not the goal! Instead, the goal is to have fun and stay active. Whether it’s working towards doing a charitable 5k together or simply being able to increase the family push up total, setting goals is a good way to keep your children interested and motivated.

By staying fit as a family, we strengthen not only our bodies, but also our bonds and create priceless memories.

About the Author:

Denise Locsin is a fitness expert that specialize in relationship and family exercise. Along with her husband, Danny, she created the Yokebar, which has been described as the ultimate family exercise program. As a busy working mother, Denise wanted something that was high intensity, but also safe and easy to set up. Finding a system that could adapt to a variety of fitness needs and ability levels was challenging. The requirements became even broader when Danny injured himself and was forced to give up his usual exercise routine.

After much scientific research and testing, Yokebar was born. Today, Danny and Denise train people in the Yoke Training System and also are the founders of Hi5 Produce, a leading corporate produce delivery service located in the Silicon Valley.

Connect with Denise and Danny on their website.

Enjoy Speed-Scratch Cooking with Dinner Hero Kits

Easy, healthy, delicious—that’s what I want my diet to be. How do I accomplish it? Speed-scratch cooking. Not familiar with that term? Basically, it means combining fresh ingredients with a prepared kit to make a well-rounded, nutritious meal.

Oh, and did I mention it needs to be quick? As in an hour, maximum, on weeknights. Like most moms, I am busy juggling work, family, and personal goals. Spending huge chunks of time in the kitchen on a daily basis is simple not gonna happen!

In the past, I have made my own meal kits that could be stored in the pantry and freezer. It works fine, but sometimes even that takes too much effort. Revolution Foods has streamlined the process with Dinner Hero.

Available in 4 flavors—Sesame Garlic, Coconut Curry, Smoky Tomato, and Fiesta Taco—the kits promise to make a meal for 4 people in 30 minutes. Each includes whole grains, spices, and sauces. Inside the box flap, there are cookbook style instructions that make mealtime a breeze.

Since I usually have chicken breasts and ground beef in my freezer, these are so convenient. I started by experimenting with the Sesame Garlic.

The process couldn’t have been easier: Cut up and saute chicken as the brown rice and red quinoa cooked, then mix together in a big bowl with the spices and sauce. I added chopped broccoli for a complete dinner. Very fast and very tasty.

Next up was the Smoky Tomato. This kit has tri-colored pearl couscous and works great with ground beef. The seasonings/sauce are similar to chili. Another very good dish that has a kick but isn’t overly spicy. (My kids are extremely sensitive to hot foods and not a peep was heard.) My veggies of choice were frozen corn and string beans.

The remaining two flavors will be incorporated into next week’s dinner plan.

It’s so nice to break away from plain pasta or white rice with a different kind of starch. These whole grains are not only better for you, they’re also ones most of us don’t eat often, making it feel like a fresh dish. Another great way to expand little—and grow up!—palates.

Find Dinner Hero near the boxed mac and cheese at your local Jewel-Osco affiliate. In my area (New England),  it’s carried by Shaw’s and Star Market. There are also morning meal kits, called Breakfast Hero, located in the Frozen Food section—definitely on my list to try next.

To learn more about Revolution Foods, check out their website or connect with them on Twitter and Facebook.



This post was sponsored by Revolution Foods and iConnect. Opinions are 100% my own.