Community News

Hot Israeli band to perform at mega community concert

By Stephanie Smartschan
JFLV Director of Community 
Development & Operations

The Lehigh Valley will come together for a one-night-only, all-the-way-from-Israel performance by popular band Hatikva 6 on Nov. 21 at the Musikfest Café at SteelStacks.

With 40 million YouTube views and countle…

Mark Klein Vacation Camp brings Jewish children together through JCC & JDS

By Stephanie Bolmer
HAKOL Editor

This fall, a new initiative is kicking off which will bring more Jewish Day School students into the Jewish Community Center. The newly created Mark Klein Vacation Camp aims to bring Camp JCC fun to JDS students on days when school is out. 

On Jewish holid…

Federation staff take on new roles

Two long-time Federation staff members have taken on increased responsibilities to help lead the Jewish community into the future.

Stephanie Smartschan is serving as the new director of community development and operations after spending the past eight years as director of marketing. 

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Q&A with Liat Efraim, Yoav’s resident cheesemaker

Editor’s Note: In advance of the program “Say Cheese: Make & Taste with an Israeli Cheese Expert” on Aug. 8, co-sponsored by Partnership2Gether and Congregation Keneseth Israel, HAKOL had a few questions for Liat Efraim, the cheesemaker of Yoav.

Q: Tell us about yourself and how you c…

Lions and Poms learn that Israeli company is about more than jewelry

By Stephanie Bolmer
HAKOL Editor

There was a lovely array of delicious Mediterranean-style foods in the kitchen, but most of the crowd was in the dining room, which had been turned into a mini-jewelry store for the night. The Megemeria Collection, the line of silver and gold jewelry hand ma…