Community News

Israel Next Dor Graduates Reflect on a Year of Learning

Editor’s Note: The first class of Israel Next Dor in the Lehigh Valley will graduate on June 14 at the Jewish Federation’s Community Celebration & Annual Meeting. These 12 up-and-coming leaders traveled to Israel together last summer and spent the past year learning and building connecti…

High Schoolers Celebrate Confirmation at KI and Beth El

A new group of high school students will affirm their commitment to the Jewish faith this year as they lead services for their confirmations at Congregation Keneseth Israel and Temple Beth El.

Confirmation, according to Rabbi Seth Phillips of KI, is “a new Jewish ceremony that comes from …

Shalshelet Teens Enjoy Trip to DC

By Sophie Valuntas
Shalshelet Student
On April 29, students from the Shalshelet class, comprised of Jewish teens from all over the Lehigh Valley, departed on our annual out-of-town trip. This year would be especially unique because not only did we travel to Washington D.C., but we also st…

Allentown Couple Shares Moving Family Holocaust Story

By Stephanie Smartschan
JFLV Director of Marketing

Editor’s Note: A recent trip to Germany to lay stones at the site of Ruth Hamburger’s childhood home led her son Henry Luftman and his wife Pat down a path of rediscovery. The Allentown couple shared what they found and what they experi…

Parkland Teens Study the Holocaust with a Survivor and Survivor’s Daughter

By Michelle Cohen
HAKOL Editor

In a large auditorium at Parkland High School, 300 teenagers watched Marcel Guindine gesture with his hands, pointing to a small group of people. “If you were Jewish children in the Holocaust, only you 30 would have survived,” he said solemnly, as pens fle…