Community News

Federation Accepts Donations to Help with Cemetery Repairs After Vandalism

Less than a week after vandals desecrated a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis, knocking over 154 headstones and causing considerable damage, the same thing has happened closer to home outside Philadelphia.

On Feb. 26, more than 100 (some reports estimate upwards of 500) headstones were overt…

Lehigh Valley Ambucycle Delivers Healthcare and Hope in Ma’alot, Israel

Editor’s Note: With sponsorship money from its 30th anniversary celebration last year, the Jewish Federation’s Maimonides Society was able to purchase a new ambucycle, a vehicle used to reduce response times on Israel’s crowded streets. Below is a report from United Hatzalah about the …

Local Family Reflects on Anti-Semitism After Workshop

By Chelsea Karp
Special to HAKOL

Editor’s note: The Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley brought the Anti-Defamation League to the Lehigh Valley for a workshop with middle and high school students and their parents on Feb. 12 on confronting anti-Sem…

Same Moon Hangouts Call Brings International Pen Pals Together

By Alicia Zahn
Temple Beth El

Even thousands of miles and a bad internet link could not keep our pen pals from connecting with each other! On Sunday, Feb. 5, religious school students at Temple Beth El and Congregation Keneseth Israel came together so they could all chat on Google Hangou…

JCC Begins Garden to Teach Children Tikkun Olam and Sustainability

By Michelle Cohen
HAKOL Editor

The Early Childhood Education program at the JCC of the Lehigh Valley will be starting a community garden founded on the principles of “tikkun olam and sustainability,” said Coach Terrence Baker, recreation and fitness director at the JCC.