Your guide to the dynamic, warm and welcoming Jewish community in Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton 


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In This Issue

Community and Why It Matters


Careers, schools and charitable organizations all thrive on community and relationships. Many experts agree that communities are actually necessary to every individual in order to live a fulfilling life. That’s because being part of a community provides an individual with resources they would not have access to by themselves, said Debbie Zoller, executive director of Jewish Family Service of the Lehigh Valley. And, she pointed out, there’s also the possibility of being a resource to others ... READ MORE

Manhattan, Oshkosh ... Allentown!


After seven years in Manhattan followed by eight years in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, we’ve found the best of both worlds: a cozy but thriving region that is religiously and ethnically diverse, with lively downtowns and all of the bagels — and Indian food, and olives, and sushi, and tapas — our hearts desire ... READ MORE

One Tree, Many Branches: Lehigh Valley Jewish Clergy


The tree with its many branches seems a fitting place for the Lehigh Valley Jewish Clergy Group to gather during one of its monthly meetings. “It’s like an embrace,” Rabbi Seth Phillips of Congregation Keneseth Israel said of the tree, but he could just as well have been referring to the group itself​ ... READ MORE


Jewish Values Tie to Organic Food Products, Charitable Giving


Just down the street from Congregation Brith Sholom in Bethlehem sits Monocacy Farm, property of the School Sisters of St. Francis. A large portion of the farm relies on the work of volunteers. The harvest — mainly staples like green beans and carrots — is donated to soup kitchens and food pantries across the Lehigh Valley, including Jewish Family Service ... READ MORE


Opportunities Abound for Older Adults


The Lehigh Valley offers lots of opportunities for older adults to socialize, exercise, volunteer and have fun! At the JCC, older adults can experience a variety of ongoing events designed to give people a fun reason to go out in the middle of the day ... READ MORE


From Israel to Allentown: An Adjustment


We came to Allentown from Israel in August 2012, a relocation for work. My wife, Hagit, works as a director of manufacturing at Palram Americas, an Israeli company that produces thermoplastic sheets. With us are our three children, now ages 7 to 15. We had decided to move to the U.S. because we wanted to make some changes in our life — to experience new places, new culture, and to travel ... READ MORE

Newcomers' Events


Have you recently moved to the area? Are you looking to connect with a wonderful group of Jewish women? Join the Women's Division for one of its upcoming newcomers' events. Contact the Federation at 610-821-5500 or to learn more.