Community News

Israeli Teens Reflect on Allentown Visit

It was another great summer in the Lehigh Valley for four Israeli teens and one summer shlicha. Here, they reflect on their experiences:

Shlicha Rivka Elbert:
It’s been an experience of a lifetime, being in the Lehigh Valley community. It feels like home to me. Everyone is very warm an…

JFS and JCC Team Up to Bring Yiddish Club to Country Meadows

By Michelle Cohen
HAKOL Editor

Twenty older adults, including members of the Yiddish Club as well as residents of Country Meadows of Allentown, gathered together to share stories, sing songs and interact in Yiddish on July 25.

The event, which was sponsored by Jewish Family Service of…

Yoav Committee Member Reflects on Cooperation through Partnership2Gether

By Michelle Cohen
HAKOL Editor

Richard Shecory, a member of the Lehigh Valley’s Partnership2Gether coalition in Yoav, is a 55-year-old IDF Air Force veteran who has worked for Intel for 30 years and speaks four languages. His wife, Iris, is a 3rd-6th grade teacher, and they have three …

18 Lehigh Valley Women Experience ‘Trip of a Lifetime’ in Israel

By Lauren Rabin
Special to HAKOL

When I heard about joining the 2017 summer trip to Israel led by the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Program (JWRP), in partnership with the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley, my first response was “absolutely not!” How would I do it, even if I want…

Partnership2Gether is Going Strong

By Carolyn Katwan
P2G Chair - Lehigh Valley

Our community’s relationship with Israel has always been important.

For many years, we participated in Project Renewal, a Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) program that matched Diaspora communities with Israeli cities, with an emphasis on he…