Community News

Author to Talk About 'Larger Than Life' Great-Uncle

By Monica Friess
Special to HAKOL

“When I was a kid,” Mace Bugen once said, “I’d ask myself, ‘Why is that guy on the football team? Why can’t I be on the team? Why didn’t God give me the height so I could be the hero?’ Then at some point I figured it out: I gotta do somet…

VISIT Israel Makes Extended Israel Trips Affordable for Local Families

By Stephanie Smartschan
JFLV Director of Marketing

Lisa and Moshe Markowitz know they want their two daughters to have an immersive experience in Israel while they’re in high school. They also know such trips – through Jewish overnight camps, BBYO or a vast array of other organizatio…

JCC to Offer New Themed Specialty Camps This Summer

By Brenda Finberg

The Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley will be offering a series of specialty camps this summer geared toward all different interests. The camps will be held at the JCC building in Allentown and run concurrently with the eight-week Camp JCC day camp in Cen…

Ferne’s Knitting Club Brings Warmth to JFS Clients This Winter

By Michelle Cohen
HAKOL Editor

“I know there’s always a need” at Jewish Family Service, Ferne Kushner explained as her reasoning for sponsoring a project where her knitting club’s members donated hats and scarves for clients in need this winter. 

Although the club is a new ad…

‘Loom Ladies’ at Sons of Israel Oversee 872nd Tallis

By Jeannie Miller
Special to HAKOL
Saturday, Dec. 30, was a celebratory Shabbat for Congregation Sons of Israel (SOI) in Allentown, because after the services, the synagogue held a kiddush in honor of the “Loom Ladies,” Helen Besen and Elaine Atlas. These two women have consistentl…