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Reflecting on conflict in Israel from an ocean away

By Gavriel Siman-Tov
Community Shaliach

This month, everything going on in Israel and in the world affected me. I was glued to the news and to my phone, trying to know everything there is to know, to make sure everything is safe. To be so far away from home, you get to know what it’s like…

Remembering my grandmother and her backgammon board

By Gavriel Siman-Tov
Community shaliach

Backgammon, or as we call it in Israel, shes besh, is definitely in the top five of most Israelis’ games. You can find this game pretty much everywhere you go – at the beach, at the park, at the bar. Well, let’s just say it’s pretty common and…

Local family prays for miracle in fight against daughter’s rare disease

By Stephanie Goodling
HAKOL Editor

Jen and Zack Einstein fell in love 17 years ago during rehearsals of a play they were in together at Civic Theatre of Allentown. After getting married in 2010, they were eager to start a family. Soon, however, they would discover they were facing a long ba…


By Stephanie Goodling
HAKOL Editor

Dr. Harold and Sandra Goldfarb each raised three children in the Lehigh Valley before marrying each other in a later chapter of life. Their commitment to the Jewish community and to a life of giving are things they have in common which brought them togethe…

The importance of speaking up and making our collective voice heard

By Lauren Rabin
Community Relations Council

Editor's note: This is the first piece in our new "Voices from the CRC" series.

I was invited to join the Community Relations Council (CRC) after a conversation with Amy Fels, who was chairing the committee at that time, and with Federation Direc…