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Jewish Legislators Appeal to President Trump to Fill Envoy Position

By Michelle Cohen
HAKOL Editor

Sixty-five Jewish state legislators from twenty-six states wrote a letter to President Donald Trump on July 7 asking for an appointment of a special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism in the U.S. State Department. Among the signees were Pennsylvania sta…

On Recent Actions by the Israeli Government

We are deeply disappointed by two actions taken by the government of Israel that represent a severe threat to Jewish unity and Jewish peoplehood.

Unfortunately, the government voted to suspend the historic decision reached last year to create an egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel (Wester…

KI Hosts Adult B’not Mitzvah for Four Local Jewish Women

By Aaron Berger
Special to HAKOL

A girl’s bat mitzvah traditionally occurs at age 12-13, but on May 5 at Congregation Keneseth Israel, Nina Pinsley, Barbara Garrison, Lisa Tumbleson and Lisa’s daughter Aviv had a joint adult b’not mitzvah. Together, they committed to the Torah and Jew…

Jodi Eichler-Levine on Crafty Jewish Women

By Michelle Cohen
HAKOL Editor

Jodi Eichler-Levine is an associate professor of religious studies and serves as the Berman Professor of Jewish Civilization at Lehigh University. She holds a Ph.D. in religion from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in Near Eastern and Judaic studi…

Local Jewish Winemaker Pursues his Passion at Maple Springs

By Monica Friess
Special to HAKOL

“Remember the Sabbath day to sanctify it.” Every week Jews around the world perform this mitzvah with a kiddush (sanctification) over wine. It is fitting, then, that one of our region’s premier winemakers is Jewish.

Native Californian Jef Stebben has…