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A Statement of Solidarity

The Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley stands in solidarity and partnership with the black community, decrying the horrific murder of George Floyd and the racism that tragically still engulfs our nation. We mourn the deaths of those who have lost their lives because of hate, racism, and …

Love not cancelled for Jewish #coronabride

By Stephanie Goodling
HAKOL Editor
Beth Zaleon and Cory Hiken met as teenagers at a small Jewish day school outside Baltimore. After surviving years of long distance, they’re still together, and planned to wed on May 24. Then, the coronavirus hit.

“We had planned to do May 24, the…


By Stephanie Goodling
HAKOL Editor
The Fraenkel name is a well-known one in the Lehigh Valley Jewish community, and with good reason. Barnet Fraenkel’s parents both grew up here when they came to the Lehigh Valley as toddlers in the 1920s. Barnet has carried on his father, Fabian’s,…

Passover in a pandemic: Families on Zoom, solo seders and broken traditions

By Ben Sales
Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Rena Munster was looking forward to hosting a Passover seder for the first time.

In past years, her parents or another relative hosted the meal. But this year she had invited her parents, siblings and other extended family to her Washington, D.C., hom…


By Stephanie Bolmer
HAKOL Editor

Editor’s Note: We continue our series on individuals who have laid the foundations for the future of the Lehigh Valley Jewish community through their generosity this month by featuring Lenny Abrams.

“Everybody loves Lenny. There is not a person that doe…