Community News

Lehigh Valley Stands with Israel

The auditorium at the Jewish Community Center of Allentown was packed on July 22 as more than 400 people turned out for a gathering in support of Israel.

“Unlike festive Yom Haatzmaut gatherings and programs which have occurred this past year, this is a time of solidarity, not celebration…

Shalom Lehigh Valley Debuts in Lehigh Valley Style

The brand new Shalom Lehigh Valley makes its debut as the August edition of Lehigh Valley Style magazine hits newsstands.

The 24-page supplement at the back of the magazine showcases all that the Lehigh Valley Jewish community has to offer. The magazine reaches 80,000 people and marks the f…

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 who…

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 a…

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 appo…