HAKOL - June 2016

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HAKOL LEHIGH VALLEY The Voice of the Lehigh Valley Jewish Community

JUNE 2016 | IYYAR/SIVAN 5776

Healthcare innovator to join Maimonides Society for 30th anniversary By Stephanie Smartschan JFLV Director of Marketing Though he is currently living in Philadelphia, by way most recently of Tampa, and serving as the president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, Dr. Steve Klasko’s ties to the Lehigh Valley run deep. His older brother attended Lehigh University and invited him to a fraternity party there. “I knew nothing about colleges or universities, but I really liked that fraternity party,” he said. He applied early decision to Lehigh and graduated in 1974. After attending medical school at Hahnemann University in Philly, he married a “nice Jewish girl” from York and decided to apply to the residency program at what was then Allentown Hospital. After his residency, he started a private OBGYN practice in Allentown, delivering over 2,000 babies in the Lehigh Valley area from 1982 to 1991. Just as Klasko’s practice was really taking off, a group of local Jewish doctors were coming together to form a society that would come to be modeled across the country. “I made the mistake of complaining about something about

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the Jewish Federation,” said Klasko during a recent interview. “I opened my big mouth … [and] they did the worst thing they could possibly do to somebody whining and said let’s get you involved.” Klasko was asked to become the first president of the Maimonides Society of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley. He will speak at the society’s 30th anniversary celebration on June 9. “Steve was always full of energy, enthusiasm, vision and good ideas, characteristics that proved most helpful in leading our Maimonides Society,” said Dr. Larry Levitt, one of the society’s founders. Around 1992, Klasko became the program director of the OBGYN Department at Lehigh Valley Hospital. He had also started to build up his academic resume. In the 1980s, he said, 97 percent of OBGYNs were male and the number one procedure performed was a hysterectomy. “I happened to be at a Penn Sate lecture where a very, very old professor of OBGYN … was talking about hysterectomy,” Klasko said. “He was saying removing the uterus is no big deal, it’s like taking out an appendix.”

Soon after, he came across several books in Barnes & Noble about how hysterectomies had impacted women’s lives. It was like “the first time you realize your parents may have lied to

you,” he said. He did some of his early work about how to avoid hysterectomies.

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Two Jewish community leaders and the leadership of the state of Pennsylvania will be honored by the Jewish Federation this year at its annual meeting on June 14. Eric Fels, chairman of the Federation’s Community Relations Council, former president of Congregation Keneseth Israel and nominee for the next president of the Jewish Day School, will receive this year’s George Feldman Achievement Award for Young Leadership. The award recognizes the finest of our community’s emerging volunteer leadership and recent winners have included Robby Wax, Nicole Rosenthal, Iris Epstein and Frank and Tama Tamarkin. “I can think of no one who Non-Profit Organization

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better epitomizes a well-rounded young Jewish leader than Dr. Fels,” Rabbi Seth Philips of Congregation Keneseth Israel said in his nomination for Fels. “As president of Congregation Keneseth Israel, he literally saved the congregation from self-destructing and closing. He is intimately involved with Jewish education, both for his own children and now at the Jewish Day School. As a non-parent board member, he brings an unmatched perspective and enthusiasm.” Bob Wilson, second-time president of the Federation’s Maimonides Society and past campaign chairman, will be this year’s recipient of the Pomerantz Award for Campaign Excellence. “Bob demonstrates a strong desire to work on our annual campaign and is always ready to reach out to others for their support,” said Jeri Zimmerman, assistant executive director of the Federation. “He was a tremendous asset to our 2016 campaign and is helping to make a difference in the Lehigh Valley, in Israel and around the world.” Wilson also helped this year to secure sponsorships for the Maimonides Society’s 30th anniversary gala. The Mortimer S. Schiff Award for Prejudice Reduction this year will go to the Pennsylvania General Assembly for its work on the Holocaust Education Bill, which passed unanimously in the

Eric Fels, Feldman Award

Bob Wilson, Pomerantz Award

House and Senate in 2014 and is currently being implemented across the state. The law encourages schools to teach their students about the Holocaust, genocide and human rights violations. It directs the state to develop a curriculum, distribute the curriculum to all school districts, train teachers to teach the subject effectively and assess schools’ use of these resources. If a certain number of schools are not voluntarily participating in the program, the curriculum may become a mandate. “The Pennsylvania General Assembly has done what only it can do in terms of blanketing the state with the goal that all of the students will be exposed not just to the history of the Holocaust, but to the lessons of morality that emanate from the Holocaust,” said Mark L. Goldstein, executive director of the Jewish Federa-

tion. “The goal is not to teach the Holocaust, the goal is to promote prejudice reduction and tolerance, and that’s what the Schiff award stands for.” The Federation will also elect its new board and a full slate of officers and honorary officers at the annual meeting. Mark H. Scoblionko has been nominated for a third year as president. Yaron Sideman, consul general to Israel for the mid-Atlantic region, will pay his last official visit to the Lehigh Valley before the Philadelphia consulate’s closure in August (see story on page 6). The Jewish Federation’s annual meeting will be held Tuesday, June 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the JCC of the Lehigh Valley. There will be heavy hors d’oeuvres and an open bar and it is free and open to everyone. Please RSVP to 610-821-5500 or mailbox@ jflv.org.



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The ones who cause others to do During my years in St. Louis working for that Jewish Federation, I taught a seminar at the Washington University George Warren Brown School of Social Work and the Olin School of Business on nonprofit management. Most of the MBA students had little knowledge of the nonprofit world. They were challenged to intellectually understand that nonprofit work, with little-to-no “cost of goods,” was actually product driven. We don’t count our work on the number of widgets we produce each year or our ability to make those widgets for a lower cost. We do count our work on the number of lives we impact: the teens who go to Israel and have an enriched Jewish experience; the graduates of our Jewish Day School or synagogue confirmation classes; the adults who learn Hebrew; the families being assisted at the JFS food pantry; the elderly in Eastern Europe who are assisted with meals and social programs at the local Chesed Centers; the college students exploring their own Jewish identity; the efforts to combat the BDS movement; the young children who read Jewish-themed books from PJ Library with their parents and siblings; and the JCC day campers, or those who go to Jewish resident camps, who celebrate Jewish programming and learning without even realizing it.

But key to the products we produce are those who do the work. As I write, we are in the middle of our annual Allocations process, so I am quite familiar with lots of budgets. All of our beneficiaries have occupancy expenses, IT costs and office consumables. But the majority of every budget, averaging 60 to 80 percent, is personnel. And this is across the board in the Jewish community. We do what we do because of the staff engaged by our Federation, our agencies, our synagogues and our programs. We do what we do because of the quality staff engaged to enhance Jewish life in our community. At the risk of minimizing the role of volunteers and board members – which I definitely do not intend – a tremendous amount of credit is due to the wonderful professionals employed by our Jewish communal agencies: rabbis; cantors; supplementary school teachers; synagogue administrators; program directors; Jewish family life educators; office and administrative staff; day care staff; counselors and therapists; case managers; day school teachers; principals, heads of school, and executive directors; bookkeepers and CFOs, cafeteria staff; facility maintenance staff; health and fitness professionals; fundraisers; programmers; and caring and patient professionals



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who work with our emotionally challenged children, our skeptical teens, our precious preschoolers and our fragile elderly. Jewish communal professionals chose this profession for a myriad of reasons: passion, drive, a calling, a job, a career. Most – I for one – stay in this profession for one reason: to make a difference. Jewish and non-Jewish staff, alike, speak with pride about working for organizations which make a difference and have an impact. Our wonderful staff seek to improve the quality of Jewish life, strengthen our communities and impact change, working long hours in a challenging profession with rules that constantly change in communities and organizations that sometimes do and sometimes don’t. We work days and evenings, weekdays and weekends, targeting our efforts to strengthen Jewish life. We work for a constituency that demands nothing short of excellence. I have not worked outside of the Jewish community since I was a team leader at Baskin Robbins during my high school 10th grade year. I transitioned to an afterschool job at the Nashville Jewish Community Center and have never looked back. And I have had no regrets. I am immensely proud of my profession, a feeling reinforced daily as I observe and






interact with Jewish communal professionals throughout the Lehigh Valley. The employees of our agencies are immensely competent and caring. As this school, program and campaign year is drawing to a close, take a moment to marvel in the awesome work of Lehigh Valley Jewish communal professionals who help make our community so special. Let them know you respect their commitment and value their efforts. The Talmud (Baba Batra 9a) teaches us that one who causes others to do is greater than one who does. For it is said, the work of righteousness shall be peace and the effect of righteousness shall


be calm and confidence forever. This idea is fairly straightforward: There are people who do good, and there are people who cause others to do good. The former are praiseworthy, but the latter are exemplary.

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Israeli Consul General to make final appearance in Allentown By Sara Vigneri Special to HAKOL In 2012, Yaron Sideman came to the U.S. with his wife and child to serve as the Israeli Consul General for our region. Four years later, his tenure completed, Sideman is heading back home to Rechovot, Israel, with two children and leaving behind a host of partnerships that he created here in the Valley. With Sideman’s departure, the region is not only saying goodbye to a consul general dedicated to the Lehigh Valley; we are also saying goodbye to the Philadelphia consulate, which closes permanently in August. When Sideman first started in this position, he met with the mayors of Easton and Allentown and made a commitment to bring Israeli culture and ideas to the Lehigh Valley community. And, in fact, numerous Israeli artists traveled to the Valley to work with college faculty and students at Muhlenberg and Lehigh. There were film festivals and master classes, performances and lectures. There was also an exchange of knowledge and ideas in the areas of technology and business including a visit by Israeli-based company BIRD Aerosystems to meet with Air Products, which also has a facility in Israel, to discuss water technology. Before Sideman heads home, he plans on making a stop in Allentown to say farewell to the Lehigh Valley. He will be the featured speaker at the Jewish Federation’s Community Celebration & Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the JCC. It is free and open to the public. “I wanted to thank the community and Federation for being such a strong, committed, proIsrael community and for being such dear close friends and allies, particularly for this consulate, for so long,” Sideman said. The consulate is in the business of building relationships, Sideman said, and he said the relationship that has developed over the years between the Lehigh Valley Federation and the Israeli Consulate in Philadelphia is especially strong. “Our number one task at hand,” Sideman said, “was to have these two centers of Jewish life engage in an honest and open dialogue.” With that in mind, Sideman plans to ensure that our new consulate partner in New York will be just as committed to fostering this relationship and maintaining the dialogue. “We will have a

transition process, but I can assure you that the consulate in New York will cover this region just as effectively,” he said. “It’s in everyone’s interest to make sure we have a smooth transition.” The New York consulate has plenty of resources to make sure all the relationships the Philadelphia consulate forged will continue and that new ones will be created, assured Sideman. And while Sideman is sentimental about leaving the U.S., he is also excited to get back home, where he will commute to Jerusalem to work for the foreign ministry. He hopes the legacy of his tenure is that the consulate did more than just represent Israel to our region. “I hope we can be seen as being part of the region, that we immersed ourselves in it and were part of the dynamic of the Lehigh Valley,” he said. “In my time here, we’ve developed solid relationships and I couldn’t be more grateful for this partnership.”

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In 1994, he “got tired of listening to all these neurosurgeons whining about the business of medicine” and started in the MBA program at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. While attending Wharton, he also became the interim chair of the OBGYN Department at Lehigh Valley and later the chair. After he graduated from Wharton in 1996, he helped form the Lehigh Valley Physician Group and served as its first chair. In 1999, Klasko had just written a book called “The Phantom Stethoscope,” a parody of the things that are not taught in medical school, when he was recruited by the Drexel University College of Medicine. From 2000 to 2004, he served a variety of positions including dean of the College of Medicine, professor of OBGYN and CEO of Drexel University Physicians. In 2004, he joined the University of South Florida as dean of the College of Medicine and vice president of the USF Health Sciences Center. While at USF, he collaborated with Dr. Elliot Sussman, his good friend and then-CEO of Lehigh Valley Health Network, to create the SELECT Program by which medical students are chosen on quantitative emotional intelligence parameters.


Because of this partnership, he also served on the Lehigh Valley Health Network board. When he was brought back to Philadelphia in 2013 for his current position at Jefferson University, he had to give up his seat on the LVHN board, but now he serves on the board of Lehigh University. “I can’t get away from the Lehigh Valley,” he said. At the Maimonides Society gala, Klasko will focus his talks on his just-released new book, “We CAN Fix Healthcare: The Future is NOW.” Like his previous book, which used the premise of an alien abduction to talk about what is wrong with healthcare, this book also has a science fiction spin. The concept behind it is President Obama gives it one last shot and brings everyone involved in healthcare together and says let’s figure it out, Klasko said. The stakeholders do what they do best and start blaming everyone else for what is wrong. Then there’s a “science fiction event with blackout and vapor and all we can do is look in the mirror,” he said. The free community program with Dr. Klasko to celebrate the Maimonides Society’s 30th anniversary will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the JCC. To RSVP, call 610-821-5500, email mailbox@jflv.org or visit www. jewishlehighvalley.org/gala30.





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THURSDAY, JUNE 2 JCC Israeli Film Festival: ‘A Borrowed Identity’ Gifted Eyad, a Palestinian Israeli boy, is given the chance to go to a prestigious Jewish boarding school in Jerusalem. As he desperately tries to fit in with his Jewish schoolmates, Eyad develops a friendship with another outsider – Jonathan, a boy suffering from muscular dystrophy, and gradually becomes part of the home Jonathan shares with his mother. Faced with a choice, Eyad will have to make a decision that will change his life forever. ”A Borrowed Identity” is adapted from Sayed Kashua’s autobiographical writings. Presented in partnership with Congregation Keneseth Israel. $10 general community, $7 JCC members. FRIDAY, JUNE 3 Brotherhood Shabbat Service 7:30 p.m., Congregation Keneseth Israel. The men of Brotherhood will be participating in the service along with the Congregational Choir. SUNDAY, JUNE 5 Shalom Baby Reunion 10 a.m to 12 p.m., JCC of the Lehigh Valley. Join Shalom Baby for a fun family reunion. Meet other Shalom Baby families and enjoy a play date for the little ones and for the parents, too. Snacks, playground time and fun. Free and open to all families who have been welcomed by the Shalom Baby program of the Jewish Federation’s Women’s Division. MONDAY, JUNE 6 Women’s Division Bus Trip: Woman in Gold Neue Galerie, New York City; Bus departs JCC 7:30 a.m. Join the Women’s Division to see “The Woman in Gold” at the Neue Galerie in New York City. The painting by Gustav Klimt and Adele Bloch-Bauer was featured in the film “Woman in Gold” starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds. Tour the gallery’s beautiful works of art, including a current exhibition on Munch and Expressionism. Bus departs from the JCC at 7:30 a.m., returns approximately 4 p.m. Lunch on your own. $65 per person. Space is extremely limited. Call 610-821-5500 to learn more. MONDAY, JUNE 6 Divas on the Bima 6:30 p.m., Bnai Abraham Synagogue. Divas on the Bima will feature acclaimed cantors Magda Fishman, Alisa Pomerantz-Boro, Elizabeth Shammash and Jen Cohen. We hope you will join us for an amazing evening with four incredible women. Tickets are $54. To learn more, call 610-258-5343. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8 Jewish Icons: The Origin, History, and Meaning of the Torah Scroll 7 p.m., Congregation Sons of Israel. Part of Sons of Israel’s spring adult education series. Taught by Rabbi David Wilensky. Free and open to the public. THURSDAY, JUNE 9 Maimonides Society 30th Anniversary Celebration Maimonides & Sponsor Reception 6 p.m., Community Lecture 7:30 p.m., JCC of the Lehigh Valley. The Maimonides Society will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a reception and free community program featuring Dr. Steve Klasko, president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health and former Maimonides president. Dr. Klasko was recently featured in Philadelphia Magazine and as a TED talk presenter. A reception for sponsors and Maimonides members will be held at 6 p.m. Dr. Klasko will then speak to the community at 7:30 p.m. The community lecture is free and open to the community. To learn more or register, visit www.jewishlehighvalley.org/gala30. 30 JUNE 2016 | HAKOL LEHIGH VALLEY

FRIDAY, JUNE 10 Friday Night Live 7:30 p.m., Congregation Keneseth Israel. Lots of singing, special music and live musicians! SATURDAY, JUNE 11 Shavuot and Confirmation Service 7 p.m., Congregation Keneseth Israel. Let’s celebrate our teens as they come to an end of their formal education at KI. This is an accomplished and special group You won’t want to miss the evening. TUESDAY, JUNE 14 Jewish Federation Community Celebration & Annual Meeting 6:30 p.m., JCC of the Lehigh Valley. Join the Jewish Federation to honor our amazing volunteers and leaders. With special guest speaker Yaron Sideman, consul general of Israel for the mid-Atlantic region, for his last local speaking engagement before the Philadelphia consulate’s closure. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and open bar. Free and open to everyone. To RSVP, call 610-821-5500 or email mailbox@ jflv.org. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15 Simcha Club 12 p.m., Congregation Brith Sholom. The program will feature a deli lunch (cost $5). Please make a reservation by calling 610-866-8009. This is a senior program, but everyone from 5 to 105 is welcome. Contact Tammy@brithsholom.net for more information. THURSDAY, JUNE 16 JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival Bonus Film: ‘Dough’ 7 p.m., JCC of the Lehigh Valley. To thank our sponsors and partners for their phenomenal support, the JCC’s Jewish & Israeli Film Festival will add a bonus event: a presentation of the highly-acclaimed British comedy “Dough” starring Jonathan Pryce and Pauline Collins. Pryce stars as a curmudgeonly kosher baker who struggles to keep his business afloat until his young Muslim apprentice drops cannabis in the dough and sends sales sky high. This newly released film opened in select theaters in May. The discounted rate will be $5 for the general community, $3 for JCC members. All of our sponsors and community partners are invited to attend free of charge. Complimentary refreshments will be served. FRIDAY, JUNE 17 Special Shabbat Service with Cantor Jenn 7:30 p.m., Congregation Keneseth Israel. This will be the last service in the sanctuary with Cantor Jenn. She will be chanting Torah and has some musical surprises in store. MONDAY, JUNE 20 5th Annual Mortimer S. Schiff Memorial Golf Tournament 10 a.m., Lehigh Country Club. In the spirit of Mortimer S. Schiff, who cared deeply about bringing together people of all backgrounds, the Memorial Golf Tournament honors the theme of prejudice reduction. Mort, along with his wife Vera, taught those around him to be tolerant and accepting, to look for similarities, not differences. This tournament, like the annual award for prejudice reduction established in his name, continues to unite and inspire. To learn more or register, visit www.jewishlehighvalley.org/golf.

include the State of the J remarks by President Andy Karn and Executive Director Jeff Rembrandt. A slate of directors will be presented and voted upon. Staff will be acknowledged for their years of service. A cookie and ice cream bar will follow the gathering. Please RSVP your attendance to news@lvjcc.org by June 15. FRIDAY, JUNE 24 Shabbat Under the Stars 6 p.m., Congregation Keneseth Israel. Bring a dish to share at KI then enjoy services outdoors on the Muhlenberg lawn. Then back to KI for dessert! RSVP to 610-435-9074 by June 15. FRIDAY, JUNE 24 TBE Congregational Dinner 6:30 p.m., Temple Beth El. Please join your Temple Beth El family for Shabbat dinner. The cost for dinner is $45/household or $18/per person. If you would like to purchase wine with dinner, please notify us when you are making your reservation. To make your reservation, please contact Ilene at the Temple office at 610-435-3521. Please RSVP by June 10. FRIDAY, JUNE 24 TBE Shira Chadasha Shabbat Outdoor Service 7:30 p.m., Temple Beth El. You and your family are invited to “Service Under the Stars” to be held on the temple’s patio. Welcoming Shabbat, surrounded by G-d’s creations, trees and plants, clouds and stars enhance understanding to the words of the Kiddush, “Then G-d blessed the seventh day and called it holy because on it He ceased from all his work creation.” Join your fellow congregants at this special service. TUESDAY, JUNE 28 The GO Program Volunteer Driver Training 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Jewish Family Service of the Lehigh Valley. The GO Program offers a wonderful opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of Jewish seniors. These seniors rely on our dedicated volunteers for much-needed rides to doctors’ appointments, the grocery store and more. You get to choose who you drive and when you drive. Insurance is covered and mileage is reimbursed. ShareCare Faith in Action, our partner in providing these rides, is offering a training session at Jewish Family Service for new volunteers. We hope you will join us. Contact Beth Healy at 610-821-8722 or bhealy@jfslv.org to learn more. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29 Jewish Heritage Night at the IronPigs 7:05 p.m., Coca-Cola Park. Join the Jewish community for the 3rd annual Jewish Heritage Night at the IronPigs.The game will begin at 7:05 p.m. against the Clippers. $20 Tickets Include: IronPigs Hebrew Tshirt and a food voucher good for kosher food stand (LVKC supervised, includes kosher hot dog or knish, chips, can of soda or bottled water). $15 Tickets Include: IronPigs Hebrew T-shirt, $2 ballpark credit on each ticket. To purchase package tickets, call your local synagogue, the Federation or the JCC or visit www.jewishlehighvalley.org/ironpigs. Packages will not be sold individually by the IronPigs. SATURDAY, JULY 2 A Fond Farewell to Rabbi Stein 9:30 a.m., Bnai Abraham Synagogue. Join us as Bnai Abraham Synagogue bids farewell to Rabbi Stein, Dena, Miri and Judah.

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Ongoing Events SUNDAY to FRIDAY DAF YOMI 7:30 a.m., Congregation Sons of Israel Meeting all year long, this class covers the gamut of Talmudic law, studying one page of the talmud each day, and completing the talmud over the course of seven and a half years. Basic Jewish background is recommended. SUNDAYS JEWISH WAR VETERANS POST 239 2nd Sunday of the month, 10 a.m., JCC of the Lehigh Valley Veterans and their significant others are invited as the guest of the Ladies Auxiliary. Come and enjoy comradeship; we’ll even listen to your “war stories.” A brunch follows each meeting. Questions? Contact Commander Sheila Berg at 610-360-1267 or sh-berg1@hotmail.com. TEFILLIN CLUB & ADULT HEBREW SCHOOL 9:30 a.m. Tefillin; 10 to 11 a.m. Adult Hebrew, Chabad Tefillin is for Jewish men and boys over the age of Bar Mitzvah, to learn about, and gain appreciation for, the rich and enriching Jewish practice – the mitzvah – of donning Tefillin. Contact 610-351-6511. TALMUD CLASS FOR BEGINNERS! 10 to 11 a.m., Congregation Beth Avraham of Bethlehem-Easton For information,contact Rabbi Yitzchok I. Yagod at 610-905-2166. MONDAYS FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., JCC of the Lehigh Valley Friendship Circle is a place for people to meet, make new friends and enjoy each other’s company. We welcome all adults over 50. Friendship Circle meets weekly for lively and enjoyable programs and a delicious lunch. Annual dues $25; paid up members are treated to two major programs with a catered luncheon. Regular weekly meetings and lunch – $6. First visit – NO CHARGE. Weather permitting. Contact Betty at 610-395-6282 for reservations. THE ROSH CHODESH SOCIETY: ART & SOUL Once a month, at 7 p.m., Chabad Taught by Rebbetzin Devorah Halperin, a seven-part course for women exploring seven art forms – painting, music, literature, dance, architecture, clothing design, and the culinary arts – from the perspective of Jewish teaching and Jewish life. Cost is $60 (including textbook). For more information contact 610-351-6511 or events@chabadlehighvalley.com. TUESDAYS ANCIENT PRAYERS...ANCIENT YEARNINGS... THEECHO OF YESTERDAY...CAN THEY BE HEARD IN OUR LIVES TODAY? 11 a.m., Temple Beth El Join Cantor Wartell in exploring the historical roots of the prayer service with contemporary application. TORAH STUDY 12 p.m., at the home of Cindy Daniels, 3630 Corriere Rd., Apt. 100, Easton Join Rabbi Melody of TCP to delve into the heart and soul of the Torah and how it applies to your life! No knowledge of Hebrew is necessary, nor is registration. Join us when you can and do the Jewish thing: LEARN! Contact 610-253-2031 for information. PIRKEI AVOT (THE ETHICS OF THE FATHERS) 1:15 p.m., at the home of Cindy Daniels, 3630 Corriere Rd., Apt. 100, Easton Join Rabbi Melody of TCP for this wonderful new class. All welcome! Contact 610-2532031 for information. YACHAD TORAH STUDY GROUP 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., JCC of the Lehigh Valley Bring your curiosity to thet Yachad Torah study group and discover the wonders, adventures and meaning of the Torah. Moderated by Rabbi Yehoshua Mizrachi.

Held in the Teachers’ Learning Center/Holocaust Resource Room (lower level, JCC). Call 610-435-3571 for information. 100,000 MILES/YR FOR KOSHER! First Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m., Congregation Beth Avraham Open to all. Fascinating vignettes from a mashgiach who drives approximately 100,000 miles/year (yes, per year!) to keep the kosher supply chain intact. From rural Arkansas to frigid Nova Scotia, winter and summer, the demands are always there. Contact Rabbi Yitzchok I. Yagod, Kashruth Hotline (24/6), 610-905-2166, rabbiyagod1@gmail.com. I ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT JUDAISM 7 p.m., Temple Beth El Taught by Rabbi Moshe Re’em. The course is designed for those wishing to learn more about the religious observances of Judaism, theology of the Jewish holidays and ritual practices. It serves as an introduction to daily Jewish rituals, including prayer and the Jewish dietary laws. HEBREW LANGUAGE: GETTING BEYOND THE BASICS 8 p.m., Temple Beth El Are you interested in learning more Hebrew or polishing up your Hebrew skills? Facilitated by Rabbi Re’em, take the step beyond basic reading in Hebrew. LATTE & LEARN 8 to 9 p.m., Starbucks, Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem Grab your favorite Starbucks quaff and jump right in as we relate the weekly Torah portion to world events, western civilization and even our own relationships. No Hebrew is required. Contact Rabbi Mizrachi 207-404-0474; opshiloh@gmail.com; www.torahovereasy.blogspot.com. WEDNESDAYS 101 JUDAISM CLASS 10 a.m., Temple Covenant of Peace Join Rabbi Melody for the 101 Judaism Class. All welcome! Contact 610-2532031 for information. HADASSAH STUDY GROUP Every other Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., Temple Beth El Allentown Hadassah presents a stimulating series of short story seminars. All are welcome to attend these free sessions in the Temple Beth El library. The group will be reading selections from anthologies available from Amazon.com. For dates and stories, e-mail Lolly Siegel at spscomm@ aol.com or call 610-439-1851. BETH AVRAHAM TORAH STUDY 7 p.m., Congregation Beth Avraham Torah: It is the common heritage that binds all Jews together. Explore the ancient healing wisdom of Torah together. All are welcome. Who knows? It might even be fun! RSVP: Rabbi Yitzchok I. Yagod, 610-9052166, rabbiyagod1@gmail.com. HUSBANDS ANONYMOUS First Wednesday of the month, 7:30 p.m., location upon signup Calling all wives! Send your husbands to this class! Rabbi WIlensky guides us on how to become more attentive, caring, sensitive partners, and how to strengthen and deepen our spousal relationships in the context of Torah. Contact Sons of Israel for exact dates and locations. TORAH STUDIES: A WEEKLY JOURNEY INTO THE SOUL OF TORAH 7:30 p.m., Chabad of the Lehigh Valley Torah Studies by JLI presents: Season Three: A 12-part series. Cost is $36 for the complete series (textbook included). For more information contact 610-351-6511 or Rabbi@chabadlehighvalley.com. ORTHODOX JEWISH LIVING: WHAT IS IT & HOW? 8 p.m. Contact Rabbi Yizchok I. Yagod, 610-905-2166 or rabbiyagod1@gmail. com.

THURSDAYS CHRONIC CONDITIONS GROUP 2nd Thursday of the month, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Jewish Family Service The group is open to anyone that is coping with living with a chronic condition and looking for others to share life issues and garner support. Co-lead by Susan Sklaroff-VanHook and Rebecca Axelrod-Cooper. Call 610821-8722 to learn more. There is no charge for the group. MOMMY & ME 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., Chabad Led by Devorah Halperin and Alli Lipson, Mommy & Me is an innovative program for babies and toddlers to experience Jewish traditions in a stimulating, fun and creative atmosphere. Cost is $10 per class, $40 for full session. For information and to register, morahdevorah@chabadlehighvalley.com. CONVERSATIONS THAT MATTER: THE MAKING OF A MENSCH 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Congregation Keneseth Israel Join a welcoming group of KI members and their friends to discuss a variety of topics relevant to the Jewish lives we have – or want to have. No prerequisites except an open mind and a willingness to listen to each other. For more information or to get on the email list, contact shari@kilv.org or call 610-435-9074.

Congregations BNAI ABRAHAM SYNAGOGUE 1545 Bushkill St., Easton – 610.258.5343 Rabbi Daniel Stein, Conservative MORNING MINYAN services are Thursday mornings at 7:25 a.m., SHABBAT EVENING services are Fridays at 8 p.m., SHABBAT MORNING services are Saturdays at 9:30 a.m., RELIGIOUS SCHOOL classes are Wednesdays at 4:15 p.m. and Sundays at 9:30 a.m.. CHABAD OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY 4457 Crackersport Rd., Allentown – 610.336.6603 Rabbi Yaacov Halperin, Chabad Lubavitch SHABBAT EVENING services are held once a month seasonally, SHABBAT MORNING services are held Saturdays at 10 a.m., RELIGIOUS SCHOOL classes are held Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m. CONGREGATION AM HASKALAH 1190 W. Macada Rd., Bethlehem – 610.435.3775 Student Rabbi Leiah Moser, Reconstructionist Weekly Shabbat services and a monthly family service with potluck dinner. Religious school meets Sunday mornings. Email am.haskalah.office@gmail.com to learn more. CONGREGATION BETH AVRAHAM 439 South Nulton Ave., Palmer Township – 610.905.2166 | Rabbi Yitzchok Yagod, Orthodox SHABBAT EVENING starts half an hour after candle lighting. SHABBAT MORNING starts at 9:30 a.m., followed by a hot kiddish.

TORAH ON TILGHMAN 12:15 p.m., Allentown Wegmans Cantor Ellen Sussman of Temple Shirat Shalom leads a lunch and learn on the Torah. RSVP to contactus@templeshiratshalom. com or 610-820-7666.

CONGREGATION BRITH SHOLOM 1190 W. Macada Rd., Bethlehem – 610.866.8009 Rabbi Michael Singer, Conservative MINYAN is at 7:45 a.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. on Saturdays and holidays. RELIGIOUS SCHOOL classes every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at Brith Sholom and Sundays at 9:30 a.m. at Bnai Abraham Synagogue.

EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT JUDAISM BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK! 5 p.m., Temple Covenant of Peace This class is one which a person may drop in when one can. Available via Skype. If you are interested, please send rabbi a Skype invitation at Rebmelody.

CONGREGATION KENESETH ISRAEL 2227 Chew St., Allentown – 610.435.9074 Rabbi Seth D. Phillips Cantor Jennifer Duretz Peled, Reform Services begin at 7:30 p.m. every Friday night. The first Friday of the month is a FAMILY SERVICE and celebration of birthdays and anniversaries. RELIGIOUS SCHOOL classes are held Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

THE SEVEN QUESTIONS YOU WILL BE ASKED IN HEAVEN...HOW TO LIVE A LIFE OF FULFILLMENT TODAY 7 p.m., Temple Beth El A discussion of the new book by the same title by Dr. Ron Wolfson led by Cantor Wartell. The group will explore the thoughts, motivations and behaviors of our lives and consider how to enrich our daily living.

CONGREGATION SONS OF ISRAEL 2715 Tilghman St., Allentown – 610.433.6089 Rabbi David Wilensky, Orthodox SHACHARIT: Sundays at 8:30 a.m., Mondays and Thursdays at 6:30 a.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:45 a.m. MINCHAH/MAARIV: 20 minutes before sunset. FRIDAY EVENING: 20 minutes before sunset, 7 p.m. in the summer. SHABBAT MORNING: 9 a.m. SHABBAT AFTERNOON: 90 minutes before dark.


TEMPLE BETH EL 1305 Springhouse Rd., Allentown – 610.435.3521 Rabbi Moshe Re’em | Cantor Kevin Wartell Conservative Weekday morning minyan services at 7:45 a.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. Shabbat evening services at 7:30 p.m. with the last Friday evening of the month featuring our Shira Chadasha Service . Shabbat morning services at 9 a.m. followed by Kiddush. Religious school classes every Tuesday/ Thursday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. Midrasha school classes Monday at 7 p.m. Shalshelet — Temple Beth El’s new innovative high school program — meets bi-monthly on Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. Shalshelet (the chain) is open to ALL 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students in the Lehigh Valley. For more information contact Alicia Zahn, religlious school director, at bethelallentown.org.

SIMCHA SHABBAT 1st Friday of the month, 6:30 p.m., Bnai Abraham Synagogue Please join us for our musical Simcha Shabbat and stay for a special oneg. For more information please call Bnai Abraham Synagogue at 610-258-5343. SHABBAT BEGINNER’S GEMARA 8 a.m., Congregation Sons of Israel Facilitated by Dr. Henry Grossbard, this is an excellent primer for developing the analytical tools necessary for in-depth study of the Talmud. CHAVURAT TORAH STUDY Each Shabbat following kiddush lunch, Temple Beth El No sign-up needed for this class. Taught by Shari Spark. Enrich your Shabbat experience by studying the parashat hashavua, the weekly Torah portion, with other congregants, each Shabbat in the library at approximately 12:45 p.m. No previous knowledge or longterm commitments are required. ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY HALACHAH 12 p.m., Congregation Sons of Israel Join Rabbi Wilensky as he takes Halachah from the weekly Torah portion and brings it to bear on some of the most pressing issues of our time. BNEI AKIVA 5:45 p.m., Congregation Sons of Israel An Israel-centered fun program for kids ages eight to 14. This program is free and open to the public. For information and to RSVP, call 610-433-6089.

TEMPLE COVENANT OF PEACE 1451 Northampton St., Easton – 610.253.2031 Tcp@rcn.com; tcopeace.org Rabbi Melody Davis | Cantor Jill Pakman Reform TCP holds Shabbat evening services every Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and a Renewal Style Shabbat morning service on the 4th Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. A family Shabbat service is held on the second Friday night of each month at 6:30 p.m. Our services reflect a diverse culture of traditional, innovative and musical experiences with a Reform Jewish context. Religious school meets on Sunday mornings from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. We have a Family Game / Movie night on the first Saturday of every month at 6 p.m. For more information about our Temple and activities, see our website at www.tcopeace.org or look us up on Facebook. TEMPLE SHIRAT SHALOM 610.820.7666 Cantor Ellen Sussman Friday night SHABBAT WORSHIP SERVICES held at 7 p.m. at The Swain School, 1100 South 24th St., Allentown. For more information, Contact Us at templeshiratshalom.org or 610-820-7666.



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