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15 Years
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I’m getting a little nostalgic. This is my 15th year of being a certified fitness trainer. I never imagined I would be in the fitness world this long. Training has moved from hobby and part-time job, to full-time passion. When I received my updated training card I couldn’t help but reflect back on all the people and places that have influenced me and my training style.

The Hard Question(s)
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Everyone makes fun of each other for New Year’s resolutions. Why? I say root for each other.

One Billion Dollars
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I have a confession to make. It’s practically treasonous, so prepare yourself: I do not want a billion dollars.

The Long Journey to Grandma’s House
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Sometimes the journey makes you appreciate the destination that much more. I know many of us have received this advice, and it applies to so many situations: Becoming a bar/bat mitzvah, graduating college, navigating your first “real job” and things like what I experienced just last month -- traveling from Washington, D.C. to central Illinois with an 18-month-old.

Where’s Our Parade?
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I love Israel Solidarity Day and the Walk with Israel, but while a participatory walkathon is important, I want a parade -- floats and bands and a grandstand, the whole schmear.

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There's a moment at the opening of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, currently playing in Chicago, when the character portraying Jewish singer Carole King remarks that even life's hardest parts can turn out to be beautiful.

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8 Questions for Ashley O’Brien: Creator of Hebrewish Designs, hip-hop and Hebrew enthusiast, Israel-lover

Toward the end of last year, Ashley O'Brien put her love of Hebrew, rap lyrics, puns and graphic design to good use by starting Hebrewish Designs, an Etsy shop that quickly went viral on Twitter, Instagram and beyond.


Which do you enjoy reading most on Oy?

  1. 8 Questions for Ashley O’Brien: Creator of Hebrewish Designs, hip-hop and Hebrew enthusiast, Israel-lover
  2. The Five Books that Changed My Life
  3. Some ‘Take Out’ Takeaways
  4. Top Jewish Sports Jerseys for 2016
  5. A Whale of a Truth
Jewish a cappella on campus
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In the American musical comedy Pitch Perfect, world domination, singing talent, rivalries, friendships, and even a much needed vacation from boyfriends bring the Barden Bellas and other a cappella groups together.

We’re looking for Chicago Jewish singles …
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Are you Jewish, single and trying to navigate through life in Chicago as an unchained 20 or 30-something? Oy!Chicago is looking for guest writers of all writing experience levels to contribute to our next special blog series, “Single, Jewish and Figuring It Out,” a collection of first-person stories that captures the scope of single Jewish life in Chicago.

8 Questions for Jeremy Klaben: Founder and CEO of Brightwok Kitchen
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Jeremy Klaben is working to make Chicago brighter (and we could all use more brightness in these dreary winter months). His new restaurant, Brightwok Kitchen, located at 21 E. Adams St., is one of the more unique fast-casual bright spots in the Loop.



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