Community News

Mark Scoblionko Elected President of the Jewish Federation

By Monica Friess

Mark Scoblionko, a native Allentonian, had been back in the area for about 15 years in the 1980s when he was asked to join the board of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley. He has been a steady member since then, both on the general board and on the executive commi…

Outstanding Leaders Honored at Annual Meeting

By Stephanie Smartschan

The Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley honored leaders who embody community at a celebration on June 12.

Dr. Frank Tamarkin was this year’s recipient of the George Feldman Achievement Award, which recognizes the finest in our community’s emerging volunt…

JCC ECE Director Sheryl Block to Retire

By Sara Ritter

At the end of June, Sheryl Block, director of early childhood education at the Jewish Community Center, will retire after more than 30 years on the staff. As she moves toward the end of her tenure as director, Block has taken the opportunity to reflect on her time at the JC…

Rabbi Seth Phillips to be Installed at KI

By Raymond L. Singer, M.D.

“There are great chaplains, and then there’s Seth Phillips.”

You might think this was a cordial compliment from one of the many clergy who Rabbi Seth Phillips has come to know in Allentown since arriving in 2012 at Congregation Keneseth Israel, where he…

Holocaust Education Advocate to Receive Schiff Award

Marylou Lordi’s efforts at prejudice reduction started small – literally. She knew she wanted to help her children and others develop empathy. At the same time Lordi, a Catholic, was learning about the Holocaust while waiting in the library of her children’s nursery school at Bnai Abra…