2009 Men!s Club Regional Hike (Northern New Jersey Region)

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The Men’s Club of Temple Beth Shalom, Livingston, New Jersey, hosted a hiking excursion through South Mountain Reservation, South Orange, NJ. The hike, which included club members from throughout the Federation of Jewish Mens’ Club Northern NJ Region, was our initial event for the FJMC’s Wellness Initiative.

The seed for our event was planted when Dr. Bob Braitman’s challenged us at the last convention to incorporate wellness into our club programming. As a FJMC convention attendee and regular hiker, I can appreciate Bob’s desire to get us out on the trail and have us all experience the many benefits of walking.

The hike was a fun but challenging 5 miles over little used backwoods trails. While we had a cold morning (highlighted by the frozen waterfall and stream in the attached photo), we quickly warmed up. Our group included over 30 people; club members, wives, friends and children, ages 6 to 60.

Many of the participants expressed surprise that there was such interesting nature so close to home, hidden just behind trees from roads that many of us drive past every day.

Although the group had a wide range of prior experiences, from seasoned backpackers and bicyclists to first time hikers, we all had a great time and are looking forward to our next event!