From the Desk of Jeri Zimmerman

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

Out of darkness comes light

This month, we celebrate Chanukah, an ancient story of Jewish strength and resilience that nevertheless continues to have meaning in modern times. These days, due to its December celebration, Chanukah has been conflated with Christmas as a holiday celebrated by gift giving and winter themes.…

An attitude of gratitude

When I think back on my early years at Hebrew school, I recall that the first song/prayer we learned was “Modeh Ani.” My teacher explained that this was the first prayer we should recite upon waking, while still in bed. I always thought it was funny to be lying in bed singing this song. …

Volunteering, a work of heart

As I think about the beginning of our new campaign year, what stands out for me is the commitment of volunteers who are ensuring the vibrancy of our Jewish community. 

Volunteerism is deeply rooted in Jewish tradition as gmilut chasadim (acts of loving kindness). Judaism teaches us that pe…

Hello 2020

Although it is sad to see the summer fly by, the anticipation of a new year brings with it the hopes and possibilities of wonderful things to come. While we at the Jewish Federation have spent a good part of the summer planning for our new program year, scheduling committee meetings, prepari…

Tending the blossoms of friendship in Yoav

It is always special to visit Israel, but even more so when you are welcomed with open arms. In June, I had the wonderful opportunity of being in Israel with Miriam Zager and Aaron Gorodzinsky to visit our Partnership2Gether community in Yoav. We were there to reimagine our partnership and t…