Ongoing Events

SUNDAY to FRIDAY


DAF YOMI 
7:30 a.m., Congregation Sons of Israel
Meeting all year long, this class covers the gamut of Talmudic law, studying one page of the Talmud each day, and completing the Talmud over the course of seven and a half years. Basic Jewish background is recommended. 

 

SUNDAYS 

 

JEWISH WAR VETERANS POST 239
2nd Sunday of the month, 10 a.m., JCC of the Lehigh Valley 

Veterans and their significant others are invited as the guest of the Ladies Auxiliary. Come and enjoy comradeship; we’ll even listen to your “war stories.” A brunch follows each meeting. Questions? Contact Commander Sheila Berg at  610-360-1267 or sh-berg1@hotmail.com.

 

TEFILLIN CLUB & ADULT HEBREW SCHOOL
9:30 a.m. Tefillin; 10 to 11 a.m. 
Adult Hebrew, Chabad

Tefillin is for Jewish men and boys over the age of bar mitzvah, to learn about, and gain appreciation for, the rich and enriching Jewish practice – the mitzvah – of donning tefillin. Contact 610-351-6511.

 

TALMUD CLASS FOR BEGINNERS!
10 to 11 a.m., Congregation 

Beth Avraham of Bethlehem-Easton
For information,contact Rabbi Yitzchok I. Yagod at 610-905-2166.

 

MONDAYS  

 

FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., JCC of the Lehigh Valley

Friendship Circle is a place for people to meet, make new friends and enjoy each other’s company. We welcome all adults over 50. Annual dues $25; paid up members are treated to two major programs with a catered luncheon. Regular weekly meetings and lunch – $6. First visit – NO CHARGE. Weather permitting. Contact Cynthia at 610-739-2755 for reservations.

 

LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF! A CODE OF JEWISH ETHICS
Through April 30, 7:15 p.m., Congregation Brith Sholom

Loving your neighbor as yourself seems like a vague, simple, yet profound Commandment. In the second volume of Rabbi Joseph Telushkin’s, “A Code of Jewish Ethics,” we will explore the ethics of hospitality, visiting the sick, comforting mourners, and giving tzedakah to name a few. The focus of this class will be on how Judaism understands the dynamics between the individual and the community as well as the how and why of bringing the value of kindness to others. Class dates: Monday evenings 7:15 p.m. beginning Feb. 6 and run until May.

 

TUESDAYS 

 

TORAH STUDY
12 p.m., at the home of Cindy Daniels, 3630 Corriere Rd., Apt. 100, Easton

Join Rabbi Melody of TCP to delve into the heart and soul of the Torah and how it applies to your life! No knowledge of Hebrew is necessary, nor is registration. Contact 610-253-2031 for information.

 

PIRKEI AVOT (THE ETHICS OF THE FATHERS) 
1:15 p.m., at the home of Cindy Daniels, 3630 Corriere Rd., Apt. 100, Easton
Join Rabbi Melody of TCP for this wonderful new class. All welcome! Contact 610-253-2031 for information.

 

YACHAD TORAH STUDY GROUP
1:30 to 2:30 p.m., JCC of the Lehigh Valley

It doesn’t matter how much you know, it matters how much you want to know. Bring your curiosity to Yachad’s Torah study group and discover the wonders, adventures and meaning of the Torah. Moderated by lay leaders. Held in the front gallery at the JCC. Email barbart249@aol.com for information about individual sessions.

YIDDISH CLUB
2 to 3:30 p.m., JCC of the Lehigh Valley

Experience the joys of Yiddish. The group meets weekly to discuss topics like cooking, politics, humor, music and all kinds of entertainment in the Yiddish language. All are welcome to join this lively, weekly discussion. There is something for everyone no matter if you know a few words, or are a fluent speaker. Enjoy fun, fellowship, stories and more. Coffee and cookies served. Questions? Contact Amy Sams at asams@lvjcc.org. New members welcome. Walk-ins welcome.

 

100,000 MILES/YR FOR KOSHER!
First Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m., Congregation Beth Avraham  

Open to all. Fascinating vignettes from a mashgiach who drives approximately 100,000 miles/year (yes, per year!) to keep the kosher supply chain intact. From rural Arkansas to frigid Nova Scotia, winter and summer, the demands are always there. Contact Rabbi Yitzchok I. Yagod, Kashruth Hotline (24/6), 610-905-2166, rabbiyagod1@gmail.com.

 

CHOVOT HALEVAVOT: NURTURING THE INNER FEELINGS OF A JEW
8:45 p.m., Congregation Sons of Israel

For both men and women and no prior knowledge of Jewish texts is necessary. The class will be studying the classic work of Rabbi Bachya Ibn Pekudah of 11th century Spain which will focus on cultivating the thoughts and emotions of self-reflection, trust, belief, humility, devotion and love.

 

LATTE & LEARN
8 to 9 p.m., Starbucks, Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem

Grab your favorite Starbucks quaff and jump right in as we relate the weekly Torah portion to world events, western civilization and even our own relationships. No Hebrew is required. Contact Rabbi Mizrachi 207-404-0474; opshiloh@gmail.com; www.torahovereasy.blogspot.com.

 

WEDNESDAYS  

 

101 JUDAISM CLASS
10 a.m., Temple Covenant of Peace

Join Rabbi Melody for the 101 Judaism Class. All welcome! Contact 610-253-2031 for information.

 

GAMES FOR ADULTS AT THE J
1 to 3:30 p.m., JCC of the Lehigh Valley

Join other adults for your choice of game such as mahjong, canasta, checkers and more. Gather your friends and make new ones. Visit the JCC Welcome Desk or call 610-435-3571 to learn more.

 

HADASSAH STUDY GROUP
Every other Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., Temple Beth El

Allentown Hadassah presents a stimulating series of short story seminars. All are welcome to attend these free sessions in the Temple Beth El library. The group will be reading selections from anthologies available from Amazon.com. For dates and stories, e-mail Lolly Siegel at spscomm@aol.com or call 610-439-1851.

 

BETH AVRAHAM TORAH STUDY
7 p.m., Congregation Beth Avraham 

Torah: It is the common heritage that binds all Jews together. Explore the ancient wisdom of Torah together. All are welcome. RSVP: Rabbi Yitzchok I. Yagod, 610-905-2166, rabbiyagod1@gmail.com. 

 

TORAH STUDIES: A WEEKLY JOURNEY INTO THE SOUL OF TORAH
7 p.m., Chabad of the Lehigh Valley

Torah Studies by JLI presents: Season Two 5777: A 12-part series. Cost is $36 for the complete series (textbook included). For more information contact 610-351-6511 or Rabbi@chabadlehighvalley.com.

THE HITCHIKERS GUIDE TO EVERYTHING JEWISH
Through April 25, 7:15 p.m., Congregation Brith Sholom

“The Hitchhikers Guide to Everything Jewish: The What, Why and How of Judaism” with Rabbi Michael Singer. Don’t miss the spring’s most riveting class! An exciting course on Jewish customs and traditions, taught by Rabbi Singer, and designed especially for busy parents, teens and anyone who wants to explore why we do what we do and where it came from. We will focus on the Jewish calendar, life-cycle and assorted rituals. But all questions and topics about Jewish practice are open for learning and discussion. Class Dates: 14 Wednesdays nights, 7:15 p.m., starting Feb. 1. Sign up by calling Tammy at 610-866-8009. Rides available upon request.

 

ORTHODOX JEWISH LIVING: WHAT IS IT & HOW?
8 p.m. Contact Rabbi Yizchok I. Yagod, 610-905-2166 or rabbiyagod1@gmail.com.

 

THURSDAYS

 

CHRONIC CONDITIONS GROUP
2nd Thursday of the month, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Jewish Family Service 

The group is open to anyone that is coping with living with a chronic condition and looking for others to share life issues and garner support. Co-led by Susan Sklaroff-VanHook and Rebecca Axelrod-Cooper. Call 610-821-8722 to learn more. There is no charge for the group.

 

A MOTHER'S DELIGHT: MAIMONIDES - RABBI AND DOCTOR 
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Congregation Keneseth Israel

Join a welcoming group of KI members and their friends to discuss a variety of topics relevant to the Jewish lives we have – or want to have. No prerequisites except an open mind and a willingness to listen to each other. For more information or to get on the email list, contact shari@kilv.org or call 610-435-9074.

 

TORAH ON TILGHMAN
12:15 p.m., Allentown Wegmans  

Cantor Ellen Sussman of Temple Shirat Shalom leads a lunch and learn on the Torah. RSVP to contactus@templeshiratshalom.com or 610-820-7666. 

 

CBS CONFIRMATION PROGRAM CBS
Twice monthly 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Congregation Brith Sholom

THIS IS NOT RELIGIOUS SCHOOL! Open only to 8th - 12th Graders. Come and enjoy snacks, dinner, some Jewish learning, discussions, field trips and creative projects with your friends and Rabbi Singer. This year we will explore the theme of “Food Glorious Food.” Study Program: This year we will be cooking and eating together while learning about how food is at the heart of Jewish living, values and culture. To learn more, contact tammy@brithsholom.net.

 

SHABBAT  

 

BEGINNER'S GEMARA
8 a.m., Congregation Sons of Israel

Facilitated by Dr. Henry Grossbard, this is an excellent primer for developing the analytical tools necessary for in-depth study of the Talmud. 

 

CHAVURAT TORAH STUDY
Each Shabbat following kiddush lunch, Temple Beth El

No sign-up needed for this class. Taught by Shari Spark. Enrich your Shabbat experience by studying the weekly Torah portion, with other congregants, each Shabbat in the library at approximately 12:45 p.m. No previous knowledge or long-term commitments are required.

 

ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY HALACHAH
12 p.m., Congregation Sons of Israel

Join Rabbi Wilensky as he takes Halachah from the weekly Torah portion and brings it to bear on some of the most pressing issues of our time.

 

BNEI AKIVA
5:45 p.m., Congregation Sons of Israel

An Israel-centered fun program for kids ages eight to 14. This program is free and open to the public. For information and to RSVP, call 610-433-6089.