Community News

Jewish philanthropic leader: ‘You have the power to make it happen’

By Stephanie Smartschan
JFLV Director of Marketing

Don’t let life happen to you, Vicki Agron, a long-time leader in Jewish philanthropy, told the group of Lehigh Valley women sitting before her. Happen to your life.

Agron presented at a Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley Women’s Ph…

HAKOL welcomes new editor

The Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley is pleased to announce that Stephanie Bolmer has been named the new editor of HAKOL.

While she is new to the Marketing Department, Bolmer is well-known in the community: she has worked as an administrative assistant at the Federation for the past f…

Lunch and Learn sheds light on an unsung Jewish-American hero

By Stephanie Bolmer
HAKOL Editor

Maybe you’ve never heard the name Haym Salomon, but you know his friends. Alexander Hamilton. John Adams. George Washington. The name of Salomon—known as the “financier of the American Revolution”—belongs among these revered heroes, but when author…

Lehigh Valley stands together against hate

By Stephanie Smartschan
JFLV Director of Marketing

One by one, standing side by side, each member of the clergy announced his or her name and place of worship. They came from churches, mosques and temples across the Lehigh Valley. Sixty in all.

They spoke to the more than 1,000 people gath…

Workshop Gives Students Tools to Combat Anti-Semitism

By Stephanie Smartschan
Director of Marketing

One day after the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 Jews dead, students and parents in the Lehigh Valley gathered at Temple Beth El for a workshop on anti-Semitism.

The workshop had been planned by the Jewish Federation’s Commun…