Community News

Lehigh U. Welcomes New Chaplains to Campus

By Shelley Drozd
Lehigh University

Lehigh University’s Dialogue Center is a bit more crowded these days, thanks to the recent hiring of two new chaplains. 

The arrival of Walead Mosaad, Ph.D. as the new director of Muslim student life marks a historic beginning for religious life o…

Women’s Philanthropy Hosts Chanukah Event for Newcomers

By Michelle Cohen
HAKOL Editor

The room was filled with friends new and old as Women’s Philanthropy gathered on Dec. 6 to create coasters at a Chanukah gift make and take event.

The event, which was organized by the Shalom Lehigh Valley Committee of Women’s Philanthropy, was desig…

Gaines Family Pursues Philanthropic Interests Through Federation

By Stephanie Smartschan
JFLV Director of Marketing

On a recent trip to Israel, Lewis and Roberta Gaines visited “Nirim in the Neighborhood” and met an Ethiopian woman in her 20s.

Growing up as one of eight siblings, the woman’s parents demanded she stay home and take care of the…

Volunteers to Cook and Deliver Kosher Food to Older Adults on Super Sunday

By Michelle Cohen
HAKOL Editor

The Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley will partner with Jewish Family Service for a fourth year on Super Sunday to debut a new program for the Valley: a kosher food delivery service based on Meals on Wheels.

“It’s a really nice partnership betwe…

Keneseth Israel Welcomes Iraqi Family through Refugee Resettlement Project

By Elsbeth Haymon
Congregation Keneseth Israel

Since June 7 when they arrived from a refugee camp in Turkey, the Battah family, originally from Iraq, has seen lots of change and progress. Sabeeha and her five boys arrived at Lehigh Valley International Airport to a group of over 40 very …