Community News

First Presbyterian Church Affirms Partnership with Jewish Community

By Jennifer Lader

The First Presbyterian Church of Allentown has reaffirmed its ties with the Jewish community of the Lehigh Valley in anticipation of a recent vote at the Presbyterian Church USA’s [PCUSA’s] general convention. PCUSA voted in Detroit to divest from certain companies w…

Compromise Ushers in PA Holocaust Education Bill to Become Law

By Stephanie Bolmer

To those impacted, it seems unthinkable that anyone could deny that the evils of the Holocaust took place. But, without proper education, it will become easier for proponents of anti-Semitism to do just that. As more and more of the last survivors of the Holocaust pass…

HAKOL Senior Living Feature: On the Rewards and Struggles of Volunteering

Reported by Ben Notis

As a volunteer for Jewish Family Service, Ron Segel gets around town. “I drive an extremely bright lady,” he said in a recent interview, referring to the JFS program that matches drivers with seniors who need rides. Segel is happy to help her get to doctor’s ap…

When the Sirens Sound: Federation Leaders Visit Yoav

Federation leaders Iris Epstein, Vicki Glaser and Judy Diamondstein are currently in Israel, showing solidarity with our brothers and sisters during this difficult time. Their first stop was Yoav, our Partnership2Gether community. Below is a note from Iris after Day 1.


We are hav…

Jewish Community Launches Israel Emergency Campaign

A letter from Federation President Mark H. Scoblionko, Executive Director Mark L. Goldstein and 2015 General Campaign Chair Iris Epstein, June 10, 2014:

We are writing to you today as we learn more about Operation Protective Edge and the immediate and growing humanitarian crisis in Israel…