Community News

Gaines Family Pursues Philanthropic Interests Through Federation

By Stephanie Smartschan
JFLV Director of Marketing

On a recent trip to Israel, Lewis and Roberta Gaines visited “Nirim in the Neighborhood” and met an Ethiopian woman in her 20s.

Growing up as one of eight siblings, the woman’s parents demanded she stay home and take care of the…

Volunteers to Cook and Deliver Kosher Food to Older Adults on Super Sunday

By Michelle Cohen
HAKOL Editor

The Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley will partner with Jewish Family Service for a fourth year on Super Sunday to debut a new program for the Valley: a kosher food delivery service based on Meals on Wheels.

“It’s a really nice partnership betwe…

Keneseth Israel Welcomes Iraqi Family through Refugee Resettlement Project

By Elsbeth Haymon
Congregation Keneseth Israel

Since June 7 when they arrived from a refugee camp in Turkey, the Battah family, originally from Iraq, has seen lots of change and progress. Sabeeha and her five boys arrived at Lehigh Valley International Airport to a group of over 40 very …

Harlan Cohen Advises, Entertains at Federation Main Event

People, places and patience: those are the three things one needs, Harlan Cohen says, when transitioning to a new situation or stage of life.

Cohen, the New York Times bestselling author of “The Naked Roommate” and one of the few male syndicated advice columnists, brought his TEDx tal…

Teams to Compete to Make the Best Latke

Five teams will face off in front of a sold-out crowd on Dec. 14 to see whose latke reigns supreme. 

The teams will also make their own vodka cocktails and will present their offerings to three judges and 100 audience taste-testers. Their creations will be judged on taste, presentation, …