Community News

Federation Offers Exciting New Opportunity for Jews Ages 27-35

By Stephanie Smartschan
JFLV Director of Marketing

The Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley is pleased to announce a new leadership program for young adults that will include a heavily subsidized nine-day trip to Israel. The program is made possible by the generous underwriting…

Allentown Woman Reflects on Past Missions in Preparation for Spring Trip

By Michelle Cohen
HAKOL Editor
Eva Levitt, a longtime resident of Allentown who has been involved with the Jewish community in many different ways, has enjoyed deepening her connections to Israel over the course of eight Jewish Federation missions. Now she’s getting ready for mis…

Karen Dacey Becomes First Female President of Maimonides Society

By Stephanie Bolmer
Special to HAKOL
Dr. Karen Dacey has only been in the Lehigh Valley five years, but she has already made local history as the Jewish Federation’s Maimonides Society’s first female president. Dacey took over from Dr. Bob Wilson to lead the organization, which…

Being the Impact

Editor's Note: During the month of impact in November, the Federation asked donors what inspires them to make an impact and give to the Federation’s Annual Campaign. Here are some of their responses:
Chelsea Busch
I grew up in a family where philanthropy and donating money to Isr…

Muhlenberg Names Hillel House: The Leffell Center for Jewish Student Life

Neighbors, faith and community leaders and Muhlenberg alumni, students, faculty and staff, gathered for a Nov. 13 naming ceremony that recognized a gift to Muhlenberg Hillel made by Lisa and Michael Leffell, parents of two alumni.
The Leffell family's generous gift was pledged in 2008, just…