The Eleventh Commandment: Thou Must Diet

Whether you’re shidduch dating or married, a young girl trying to eat a sweet or a woman trying to fit into a dress, the community constantly examines you to make sure it fits into their idea of what a female body should look like. Has it always been like this? More importantly, what’s the alternative? How can the Jewish community support the development of strong, confident, and intuitive girls and women today?

Filmed at the William Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum in Atlanta, Georgia in cooperation with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.

Sara Kupfer, founder of Fit Jewess, is a fitness coach with the mission of connecting Jewish women worldwide and fostering a community united through fitness. She has her CrossFit L1 certification and trains girls and women in person and online. It wasn't until she was twenty-one that Sara found her way to fitness, but when she did, she knew she had found her passion. Born and raised in the Orthodox community, Sara instantly knew that was the market she wanted to work with, where she could bring her knowledge and experience of functional fitness and Judaism together. Sara takes a body positive, weight-neutral approach to health and this is apparent in her training style. She encourages her clients to see exercise as a way to become empowered and feel more confident by increasing energy, gaining strength and discovering how amazingly capable their bodies are.

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