Community News

LIFE & LEGACY: Celebrating a Successful Year 2!

The 10 local Jewish organizations who have been participating in the LIFE & LEGACY program run by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation are closing out a second successful year. The focus for Years 1 and 2 was to have legacy conversations and generate commitments. In Year 2, which ended on April 3…

Jewish Federation to honor award winners and leaders

By Stephanie Smartschan
JFLV Director of Marketing

The Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley will honor individuals who exemplify leadership and elect its new board and officers at its Community Celebration & Annual Meeting on June 12.

The event will include a buffet dinner, open bar, and…

Young Israelis remembered through a Taste of Memories on Yom Hazikaron

By Stephanie Bolmer
HAKOL Editor

An intimate group gathered in the auxiliary auditorium of the Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley on the evening of May 6. Community shlicha Rotem Bar had prepared a special evening for them to commemorate the lives of two young men from Israel. One…

JDS students lobby for scholarships and school security in Harrisburg

By Stephanie Bolmer
HAKOL Editor

On May 7, Rabbi Seth Phillips sent off a bus full of Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley fifth- through eighth-graders, along with educators and community members, with a blessing and a charge to remember that they represented both “Jewish and American …

IJCU director says goodbye after 20 years

By Stephanie Bolmer
HAKOL Editor

After 20 years of building bridges between the Jewish and Christian – and more recently, Muslim – communities in the Lehigh Valley, the Rev. Dr. Peter Pettit has departed from his role as director of Muhlenberg College’s Institute for Jewish-Christian …