Community News

Lehigh Valley to Welcome Shlicha for Upcoming Year

By Michelle Cohen
HAKOL Editor

This fall, a new shlicha  – Israeli emissary – will join the Lehigh Valley Jewish community in honor of Israel’s 70th birthday. From community events to educational opportunities, Rotem Bar will be leading a variety of activities to help bring Israel to…

Community Gathers for Yom HaShoah Commemoration Exploring Israeli Culture

By Michelle Cohen
HAKOL Editor

On April 11, a packed room of people gathered to commemorate the Holocaust in a variety of ways, including a feature presentation based on the Holocaust’s perception in Israeli society.

The ceremony opened with an hour-long recitation of names in which chil…

Yoav Teen Delegation Prepares for Summer at Camp JCC

Editor’s Note: Each year, four teens from Yoav, the Lehigh Valley’s Partnership2Gether community in Israel, are selected to spend the summer working at Camp JCC in Center Valley. They bring their culture to the campers, particularly during “Israel Week.” Meet this year’s delegation…

Allentown Woman Plans to Donate her House to Jewish Community

By Stephanie Smartschan
JFLV Director of Marketing

Juana del Solar is not Jewish, yet she attributes all the good things that have happened in her life to the Jewish people.

Now, at almost 91, she hopes to give something back – by donating her Allentown duplex to benefit the Jewish commu…

New JWRP Participants Prepare for Exciting Israeli Self-Discovery Journey

By Michelle Cohen
HAKOL Editor

For Naomi Schachter, the decision to join the new Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project group was easy. “I loved the idea of women supporting women, and coming together as a group” to learn more about Israel, Judaism and how to find the best version of your…