From the Desk of Jeri Zimmerman

The monthly column of Jeri Zimmerman, executive director of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley

You are connected

Judaism teaches, “al tifrosh min hatzibur”— do not separate yourself from the community. This idea of communal connection, expressed in Hillel’s saying, is foundational to Judaism. Fortunately, today we can maintain that feeling of connectedness without compromising one another physi…

Embrace the opportunities this Passover presents

Why is this Passover different from all other Passovers? In the age of coronavirus, social distancing and “flattening the curve,” the celebration of Pesach 5780/Passover 2020 is shaping up to be MUCH different than many of us have ever experienced previously. While families and friends n…

Celebrate good times

In just a short time, Jewish communities all over the world will be sharing in one of the most festive and celebratory chagim (holidays) in the Jewish calendar – Purim. Purim is observed with a public reading of the Megillah, the Book of Esther, re-telling the story of Queen Esther and her…

Summer camp is in our roots

It is February, and although the weather outside is cold and it is hard to imagine, it is already time to start thinking about summer camp!

Jewish summer camp, particularly overnight camp, has long been a mainstay of American Jewish life and culture. It has been featured in media culture, r…

A healthy outlook

A new year is filled with the promise of fresh starts and new beginnings. It’s also a time when many people take an opportunity to reflect inward and recommit to improving their health and wellbeing.

In Judaism, health and wellness are held in high esteem, and the Torah commands us to res…