HAKOL LEHIGH VALLEY The Voice of the Lehigh Valley Jewish Community
JUNE 2014 | SIVAN/TAMUZ 5774
Outstanding leaders to be honored
MAZEL TOV, RABBI SETH KI makes it official on June 13. See page 4.
DR. FRANK TAMARKIN
DR. BOB WILSON
RABBI ALLEN JUDA
George Feldman Achievement Award for Young Leadership
Pomerantz Award for Campaign Excellence
Kobrovsky Chairman’s Award for Campaign Leadership
Schiff Award for Prejudice Reduction
Lifetime Achievement Award
By Stephanie Smartschan JFLV Director of Marketing The Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley will honor leaders who embody community at a celebration on June 12. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the JCC of Allentown and feature heavy Israeli-themed hors d’oeuvres and open bar. It is free and open to everyone, but reservations are required. Dr. Frank Tamarkin is this year’s recipient of the George Feldman Achievement Award, which recognizes the finest in our community’s emerging volunteer leadership. Tamarkin serves on the Federation’s Board of Directors and is president of its Maimonides Society. He also serves the community in many other ways, including as a member of the Board of Trustees for Pinemere Camp and as a major supporter of the JCC, Jewish Day School and Temple Beth El. “Frank and his wife Tama have been extremely active in many organizations, as much behind the scenes as they are out in front,” said Judy Diamondstein, assistant executive director of the Federation. “Frank is responsible for recruiting many new physicians into the Maimonides Society and several have become actively engaged. Most
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ISRAEL! Community and elected leaders join together. See page 6.
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Men’s Night Out annual event. Marylou Lordi, who will also be honored at the Mortimer S. Schiff Memorial Golf Tournament on June 9, will officially receive the Schiff Award for Prejudice Reduction at the community celebration. She will be honored for her work with Holocaust education, including the extremely successful Holocaust Resource Center Legacy Exhibit, which visits about 10 schools per year. For his 39 years at Congregation Brith Sholom, Rabbi Allen Juda will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Throughout his years in Bethlehem, Juda has maintained a strong involvement with the Jewish Federation. He has been a constant supporter of senior life in the Valley, a valuable asset to Jewish Family Service and a leader in the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding at Muhlenberg College. The Federation will also honor Barry J. Halper for his term as president of the Federation and welcome new president Mark Scoblionko (see story on Page 3). Please, join us for this community celebration. The event and annual meeting will be held Thursday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the JCC of Allentown and is free and open to the public.
Heritage Society stalwart ‘dynamite’ in the Valley By Jennifer Lader Editor, HAKOL
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importantly, Frank is a true role model and inspiration to his peers.” Vicki Glaser, who will receive this year’s Pomerantz Award for Campaign Excellence, devotes her time and energy to outreach and interface with fellow community members to encourage their participation and support of the Federation’s campaign. This year, she graciously spearheaded a new initiative of board phone-a-thons, a successful model that will continue into the future. The Kobrovsky Award is presented to the Federation’s campaign chairman upon completion of his or her term of service. The award is named for Bernard Kobrovsky, a true leader and builder of our Jewish community who believed that you make tzedakah an inherent part of your life. Dr. Bob Wilson will receive the Kobrovsky Chairman’s Award for Campaign Leadership this year after serving three years as chair of the Annual Campaign for Jewish Needs. Under Wilson’s leadership, the campaign expanded its offerings to broaden the tent and engage more people in the work of the Federation. Wilson oversaw the reinstatement of the Mortimer S. Schiff Memorial Golf Tournament, the very successful Comedy Night with Bob Alper and the creation of the
Phoebe and Art Altman know how to close a deal. Art demonstrated considerable tenacity in courting Phoebe and, later, Phoebe gained renown for her fundraising abilities with the Jewish Federation. Now Art and Phoebe together are endowing her annual Lion of Judah level contribution to ensure that what they care about most lives on. In so doing, they join a group of dedicated and generous individuals who are members of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley’s Heritage Society because they made planned or endowed gifts of $100,000 or more. Non-Profit Organization
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Art first noticed Phoebe at the synagogue in Pottsville where she grew up. Walking downstairs, he looked across the room and noticed a girl with the most beautiful complexion. He got a little closer and beheld her eyes and that’s when he turned to his brother Paul and asked the fateful question, “Does she have a boyfriend?” Being a helpful brother, Paul replied, “I don’t know, but probably.” Paul’s answer only deterred Art for two years. It took a few tries, but then “I guess she got tired of my calls,” Art said recently at Moravian Hall in Nazareth, where the couple lives.
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‘It’s a great family!’ says Art Altman, shown in the foreground with, from left, wife Phoebe, and their children Julie, Howard, Suzanne and Holly. Son Peter was away in Israel at the time.
For one night only, ‘Pigs’ are kosher Closing out an outstanding two years as president of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley, Barry J. Halper throws out the first pitch at Jewish Heritage Night at the IronPigs on May 22. Halper’s efforts were integral to bringing the first-ever Jewish night to Coca-Cola Park. Kosher
food vendors offered hotdogs and knishes and a sea of blue hats with “IronPigs” written in Hebrew filled the stands. Shlock Rock performed before the game and Jewish music could be heard through the speakers between innings. See more photos on page 5.
FROM THE DESK OF MARK L. GOLDSTEIN
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Unfortunately there are winners and losers in real life The only surfing I do is with a remote control. And that’s what I was doing the other night. I came across the finals, or near finals, of “The Voice,” “Dancing with the Stars,” and “American Idol.” A few months ago, attention was drawn to “The Sing Off” and in a few weeks “Americas Got Talent” will begin a new season. As these shows progress to the final rounds, all of the remaining contestants emit amazing talent. While some performances are better than others, all the contestants – if they can maintain consistency – could easily win the season’s contest. While the talent captivates us, the producers know well the drama of winners and losers. Week after week we tune in to watch the competitions as the margins narrow. Excellence abounds and we struggle trying to determine who was best, who will move to the next round and who will go home with dreams abated. We actually have a reality show going on right now in our Jewish community. It is the Federation’s annual
allocations process. A group of committed Jewish community volunteers meets with agencies and organizations to determine how to best divide the monies raised in the Federation’s annual campaign. But this is not a reality show on television that is scripted and sculpted to artificially elicit your emotions. This is real life; and unfortunately, there are winners and losers in real life. I have been doing this work for nearly 30 years, and frankly, I enjoy raising the money more than spending the money. Even the Talmud points out how difficult it is to allocate limited funds. In Tractate Shabbat, it is written “May I be among the collectors of communal funds, and not among the allocators.” Don’t get me wrong; I do marvel in the impact of our funding on our community and in Israel. But, since there is not enough money to go around, and most – if not all – of the requests deserve funding, the prospect of winners and losers leaves me wanting. On the reality television shows there might be a winner, but
we know that runners-up don’t go wanting: Clay Aiken, Jennifer Hudson, and Chris Daughtry did not win their Idol competitions, but neither were they losers. However, our runners-up do not get recording contracts, Broadway starring roles or movie deals. They simply go unfunded. This is our reality. Scholarships for Jewish teens to visit Israel, go to Jewish summer camps or attend Jewish youth group conferences. Services for the Jewish elderly such as counseling, activity groups and congregate meal programs. Welfare relief efforts in Ukraine for Jews confronted with a collapsed economy and a civil war. Subsidies enabling quality family and adult Jewish education programs. Jewish education scholarships for children. Programs designed to help Jewish middle- and high-school students confront anti-Semitism and the lack of accommodation in our schools. This is our reality. I really hate the thought that there are winners and losers in our reality. But there are. Some
They’ve thrown down the gauntlet: The Altmans in endowing Phoebe’s Lion of Judah pin, the proposed Federation officers in stepping up to the plate, the graduates whose beautiful faces reveal hopes and ideals. The same is true of our fathers who we honor this month and our country whose flag many of us will display on Flag Day. They are a testament to commitment. However, commitment isn’t about the past; not at all.
Commitment is a pledge, a standard to be attained, and many to whom we look have set quite a high standard. This summer, we send off our young to camp or to their future abodes; we honor retirees like the JCC’s Sheryl Block and Congregation Brith Sholom’s Rabbi Allen Juda. We welcome guests such as our Israeli shlichim and newcomers to our community -- all on the strength of their commitment. In the process, we are sure to ask what is promised to us. But here’s a better
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of our “contestants” go home empty-handed, meaning some very deserving programs in our Jewish community go unfunded each year. Our judges (the allocations committee) will present their recommendations in June to the Jewish Federation Board of Directors … sort of our “the envelope, please” to see who wins. You can help stave off the losers by contributing to the Federation’s Annual Campaign before June 30. If you have already made a contribution, consider increasing your pledge or contribution by then. Call us. Send in a check. Find the “Donate Now” button online at www.jewishlehighvalley.org. I’m not above pleading for your support if that means we can allocate more funds to needed services. Your contribution now can
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• Supporting Jews in need wherever they may be. • Supporting Israel as a Jewish homeland. • Supporting and encouraging Jewish education in the Lehigh Valley as a means of strengthening Jewish life for individuals and families. • Supporting programs and services of organizations whose values and mission meet local Jewish needs. To accomplish this mission the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley is committed to the following operating guidelines: • Raising and distributing funds to support the core values. • Developing Jewish leaders. • Building endowments to support implementation of core values. • Committing to ongoing Jewish community strategic planning. • Fostering cooperation among organizations and community building. • Evaluating all decisions with respect to fiscal responsibility. • Identifying unmet needs and investing in community initiatives to help get them started. • Coordinating and convening a community response as an issue or need arises. • Setting priorities for allocation and distribution of funds. • Acting as a central address for communication about events, programs and services of the Jewish community as a whole. Approved by the JFLV Board of Directors on November 15, 2000
Scoblionko brings ‘humble leadership style’ to Federation presidency By Monica Friess Special to HAKOL Mark Scoblionko, a native Allentonian, had been back in the area for about 15 years in the 1980s when he was asked to join the board of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley. He has been a steady member since then, both on the general board and on the executive committee, serving as a vice president for many years. In 2012, he “retired” from the board, yet clearly he felt there was much more to achieve in his lifetime. “I was off the board for one year and found I missed the connection,” said Scoblionko. In June of 2013 he rejoined, and next month Scoblionko will begin his tenure as president of the JFLV. “Mark has had a distinguished involvement in the Jewish community, both as a board member and in his pro bono legal work,” said Mark L. Goldstein, executive director of the Federation. A senior partner in Scoblionko, Scoblionko, Muir & Melman, Scoblionko has been president of the Jewish Day School Endowment Fund for over 20 years and has served as legal counsel for the JDS and the JCC. He co-chaired the Federation’s Strategic Planning Commit-
tee with outgoing Federation President Barry J. Halper, and is eager to continue its implementation. “One of the strongest findings to come out of the strategic plan was the need for services for senior citizens,” said Scoblionko. Services such as transportation, easy home “fixes” and community programming to increase socialization will continue to be addressed under his term. Scoblionko cites other areas that the board will focus on. He will continue the commitment of his predecessor in working to promote increased collaboration among our local agencies and organizations and building bridges across the Lehigh Valley. “When I first joined the board, I was involved in the merger of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton into a single Federation,” Scoblionko said. “I want to see greater overall participation and exchanges among the three communities, and among our local agencies.” A major issue and one of his greatest challenges will be addressing the financial status of the Federation’s primary agencies. “Everyone is stretched quite thin,” he said, “and we will have to broaden the campaign to serve the needs of those agencies while also maintain-
ing a strong commitment to Israel and Jews abroad.” To this end, Scoblionko is looking at the success of such philanthropic trends as donor-directed giving. Scoblionko grew up in a family devoted to Jewish volunteerism. His father, E. G. Scoblionko, served as president of the World Council of Conservative Synagogues as well as president of Temple Beth El in Allentown, whose religious school is named for him. He met his wife Deena at Cornell University, and they have two children and three grandchildren. Scoblionko brings an unassuming, humble leadership style to the office, Goldstein said, and will continue Halper’s good work. “He won’t be satisfied with a status quo or with doing things a
certain way just because that’s the way they’ve always been done. “Mark has a great respect for those who take time to volunteer on behalf of their community,” Goldstein added. Indeed, Scoblionko praises those who have contributed their time and their talent, and says he wants to “emulate those leaders who have set and who continue to set great examples.” “I look forward to Mark’s tenure as Federation President,” outgoing President Halper said. “Mark brings to the position an in-depth knowledge of the Lehigh Valley Jewish community, and a desire to have Federation make a very positive impact on the people and institutions in our community.”
Scoblionko said he looks forward to the challenges to be undertaken as president. “I have a lot of respect for the office and for all of those who have preceded me, and I want my leadership tenure to be meaningful for the community and for me.”
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A worldly rabbi makes a world of difference at home By Raymond L. Singer, M.D. Special to HAKOL “There are great chaplains, and then there’s Seth Phillips.” You might think this was a cordial compliment from one of the many clergy who Rabbi Seth Phillips has come to know in Allentown since arriving in 2012 at Congregation Keneseth Israel, where he is to be installed as rabbi on June 13. The quote, however, is not local or recent. It comes from Commander Stephen Schutt, Executive Officer of Naval Support Activity in Naples, Italy, in 2009, where Rabbi Seth served for three of his 20 years as Navy chaplain. Where did this story of Navy Chaplain Phillips begin and how did he come to call Allentown his home? Born in Brooklyn, New York, Phillips and his family soon moved to Richmond, Virginia, where he grew up and eventually attended the Douglas S. Freeman High School. Prior to graduation in 1970, young Seth Phillips took a career aptitude test known as the “Strong Interest Inventory” which remarkably told him that he would be good at two things: the ministry and the military. Inspired by having the thrill of meeting Moshe Dayan after the Six Day War, Rabbi Seth majored in history at Penn State and began his rabbinical studies in Jerusalem at the Hebrew Union College in 1973. Though still holding an interest in the military, Rabbi Seth began as a pulpit rabbi first in Ohio for two years and then made the extraordinary move to lead a congregation in Melbourne, Australia, for the next eight years. Rabbi Seth returned to the States in 1989, settling in Naples, Florida, where he led the only synagogue in town for three years. But the winds of change, chance and good fortune were about to bring all of his passions together, seemingly overnight. The First Gulf War -- Operation Desert Storm -- captured the world’s attention in 1990-91. Approaching
a birthday with a zero, Rabbi Seth received a simple postcard from a Navy chaplain inviting him to consider serving Uncle Sam and Uncle Moses. At age 40, Rabbi Seth received his U.S. Navy commission and would spend the next three years at Camp Smedley D. Butler in Okinawa, Japan, where more than 10,000 Marines were based. There he developed a passion for marathon running, which continues to this day. Lieutenant Commander Rabbi Seth Phillips then became the first Jewish chaplain to serve on a Navy destroyer. DDG-51, USS Arleigh Burke was a guided-missile destroyer that was part of a squadron of five ships that served on a fleet to protect the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, a nuclear aircraft carrier. With few to no Jews on board and no other clergy, Rabbi Seth worked with Catholic and Protestant lay leaders on these ships to meet the religious needs of all sailors. Once while on a Mediterranean deployment, Rabbi Seth was invited to the carrier to offer the “Evening Prayer at Sea” from the bridge. Imagine the scene of pitch black darkness at sea, sailors praying for peace and missing their loved ones at home, interrupted every 23 seconds by a fighter jet taking off or landing. As spoken to the sailors at the time and as he continues to reiterate after saying Kaddish in Allentown for today’s military casualties, “No greater love a man hath this, but to lay down his life for his friends.” After serving in Italy and heading for his last three years of service in Annapolis, Maryland, the U.S. Naval Academy named Rabbi Seth the first rabbi ever to serve as chaplain of the Navy football team. Only one player on the team was Jewish, but the team accepted and loved Rabbi Seth. They were particularly touched when he taped a pregame message for their game against Southern Mississippi that happened to fall on Yom Kippur. Although it came time to retire
from the Navy, Rabbi Seth was not about to retire from his passions for teaching Judaism, serving the community and helping those in need of spiritual and emotional understanding and support. Former Congregation Keneseth Israel Rabbi Donald Berlin, now retired in Annapolis, Maryland, reached out to Rabbi Seth to consider the role of interim rabbi at KI in Allentown. The location was ideal as his wife Marge loved New York City and had hoped to spend more time there. But what truly drew Rabbi Seth to take on this new challenge was his need to continue to work in a team setting. After only a few meetings, it was apparent to Rabbi Seth, KI board members and the congregation that all of his passions for teaching, community, diversity and team play would continue well in his new spiritual home on Chew Street in Allentown. To say that Rabbi Seth has raised the spirits of Congregation Keneseth Israel and of the community is an understatement. His passion transcends all religions and cultures, as he continues to break down barriers by organizing and participating in interfaith services as well as a vast array of diverse cultural community events. Rabbi Seth has worked with the congregation, together rejuvenating the health of KI. The congregation is overjoyed and humbled that he has accepted the permanent position of rabbi. It can be seen on the faces of the many new young family members whose children are immediately drawn to Rabbi Seth’s humor, warmth and passion. Most of all, it can be seen on the faces of the many longtime loyal members who have remained devoted to this historic synagogue. As for me, I have a smile on my face as I drive to the hospital at 6 a.m.
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Women celebrate Greek life at Dollar-A-Day Spring Event After pledging their support of $365 or more to the 2014 Campaign for Jewish Needs, Federation women got to hear about more pledges -- to Jewish sororities in the post-World War II years. Guest speaker Shira Kohn enlightened the women about Jewish college sororities and their encounters with social and political movements in postwar America at the Spring Event on May 7. The women were wined and dined at a brand new event venue on Hamilton Street in Allentown, Vault 634. The renovated bank provided a great backdrop for the evening.
Celebrating the excellent results of their event creativity, some members of the Spring Event committee enjoy a glass of wine.
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Proclamations celebrate Israel’s birthday
What you do when you have a choice
For Israel’s 66th birthday this year, the community celebrated at a picnic at the JCC while elected officials weighed in with proclamations of celebration and support. For the complete text of the proclamations, visit www.jewishlehighvalley.org/crc. Photo highlights of the community event are shown at right. “Generations of Jews dreamed of the day when the Jewish people would have their own state in their historic homeland, and 66 years ago today that dream came true. Today, Israel thrives as a diverse and vibrant democracy and as a ‘start-up nation’ that celebrates entrepreneurship and innovation” (PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA) … “I want to extend my warmest congratulations on the 66th anniversary of the founding of the modern state of Israel” (SEN. BOB CASEY) … For over six decades, the Jewish State has been a symbol of democratic courage in the Middle East and around the world. Without question, Israel is the United States’ closest ally and friend in the region and among its best allies in the world” (SEN. PAT TOOMEY) …
Primo Levi, Holocaust survivor and noted author, wrote “Monsters exist, but they are too few in numbers to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are (those who are) ready to believe and act without asking questions.” With these words, Regina Brenner opened this year’s Yom HaShoah observance. “We learn in other words, that it is not what you do when you have no choices, but it is what you do when you have a choice,” Brenner said. The Lehigh Valley Jewish community turned out both to remember those who died and to recognize the actions of the late Jose Arturo Castellanos, a Salvadoran diplomat who issued illegal certificates of Salvadoran citizenship, thereby saving tens of thousands of Jews, mainly in Hungary. His daughter, Frieda Garcia, addressed a full house at the JCC on the evening of April 27.
“As the Israeli people celebrate 66 years of independence, America remains committed to working closely with Israel to support a future of peace and prosperity” (REP. MATT CARTWRIGHT) … “It is my fervent hope that our countries’ ties will be long, intertwined and mutually beneficial. Shalom” (REP. CHARLIE DENT).
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Wax Fellows connect with Azerbaijan Editor’s Note: The Wax Family Fund Leadership Fellows are a committed group of community leaders participating in a yearlong program which included the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., and features high-level speakers and a mission abroad. This story highlights one of their recent programs. Nestled between Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Iran and the Caspian Sea is Azerbaijan, a small country with a remarkably strong relationship with Israel. Roughly the size of Maine and with about nine million citizens, Azerbaijan includes a Jewish community practicing freely within the majority Shia Muslim country. After Azerbaijan gained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, it emerged as a Western-looking, independent, secular state with a vibrant and diverse culture. Its commitment to multiculturalism and religious freedom, as well as its strong partnerships with Israel strikes a dramatic contrast to its immediate neighbors. On May 7, the Wax Fellows enjoyed a firsthand account of this country’s fascinating story when Rauf Mammadov, a director with the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR), and Ari Mittleman, formerly a senior staff member with Sen. Bob Casey and currently a consultant with a bipartisan federal government affairs and public relations firm based in New York City and Washington, D.C., visited with the group in the Lehigh Valley. SOCAR delivers natural gas, crude oil and refined petrochemicals across Europe and it serves as the largest energy supplier to Israel. Mammadov also explained that Israeli defense firms now sell more than $1.6 billion annually in products to
Azerbaijan. Mammadov and Mittleman discussed the country’s unique climate, geography and topography, including its snowy mountainous regions, nature reserves and beaches. As Mittleman pointed out, “Where else can you ski, go to the beach, visit Jewish communities that have survived since the Babylonian Empire and walk the same cobblestone streets as Marco Polo explored, all in the same day?” The Azerbaijan story was not always peaceful. While it is believed that the earliest settlers moved into the area around 1000 B.C., Alexander the Great conquered the land in the fourth century and the Mongolians invaded in the 13th century. The land later became part of the Ottoman Empire until the Russians wrestled away control in the 18th century. Except for a brief independence between 1918 and 1920, the country remained under Soviet rule until 1991. It was also invaded by the Nazis with the goal of controlling gas and oil resources and more than 400,000 Azerbaijanis died defending the land. Although Azerbaijan has developed ties with the United States and enjoys a seat on the United Nations Security Council, it remains concerned about its neighbors, specifically Iran and Armenia. Mammadov now spends a considerable amount of time meeting with American politicians and community leaders in an effort to strengthen his country’s relationships in the U.S. The cross country tour with Mittleman seems to be paying dividends. Following the event with the Wax Fellows, it is clear that, at a minimum, he has some new friends in the Lehigh Valley.
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LEHIGH VALLEY JEWISH FOUNDATION
JEWISH FEDERATION OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY
Nominees for the 2014-15 Board of Directors
The Federation’s Board consists of thirty-three (33) elected directors serving staggered three (3) year terms. Each year, therefore, the Nominating Committee nominates eleven (11) directors for three-year terms. The nominated directors will be presented for election at the:
Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley ANNUAL MEETING Thursday, June 12, 2014, at 6:30 PM at the Jewish Community Center The Officers Nominating Committee recommendations are: President Mark Scoblionko
Secretary Lawrence Center
Vice Presidents Karen Cooper Dr. Carol Bub Fromer Sandra Goldfarb Nan Ronis Dr. Nicole Rosenthal Dr. Robert Wilson
Treasurer Iris Epstein HONORARY President Ross Born
HONORARY Vice Presidents Leonard Abrams Bob Born Nathan Braunstein Barnet Fraenkel Murray Goodman Stanley Wax Martin Zippel
Treasurer Roberto Fischmann
The Board Nominating Committee recommendations are: DIRECTORS, 3-YEAR TERMS (ENDING IN 2017) Dr. Jeffrey Blinder Richard Bub Dr. Lisa Ellis Vicki Glaser Ellen Hof
Stuart Krawitz Dr. Michael Notis Nan Ronis Dr. Frank Tamarkin
Robert Wax Dr. Israel Zighelboim
HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS Rita Scheller Ronnie Sheftel Jean Weiner
Mayor Matti Sarfatti Harcavi, Yoav Israel
Pursuant to the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley by-laws, “any twenty (20) members of the Federation may, by petition, present to the Secretary the name of any one qualified member for nomination. No member may sign more than one such petition. No person shall be eligible for election as a member of the Board of Directors unless his or her name shall thus have been submitted to the Secretary or nominated by said Nominating Committee.”
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HILDA BRETT (Mother of Erica Silverman) Lisa and Ellis Block LEAH BUB (Mother of Sam Bub) Bill and Pauline Trachtenberg CHARLES GOLDBERG (Husband of Darlyne Goldberg) Selma Roth INEZ GROSS (Sister of Baron Jasper) Jeanette and Eduardo Eichenwald Lynda and Stuart Krawitz Arlene and Richard Stein DANIEL HERTZ (Brother of Morty Hertz) Joan Lichtenstein CHARLES KAPLAN (Stepfather of Suzanne Lapiduss) Jeanette and Eduardo Eichenwald The Ford Family Lisa and Barnet Fraenkel Beth and Wesley Kozinn Merry Landis Elaine and Leon Papir Donald and Randi Senderowitz Stan and Vicki Wax JANET LINDSLEY (Wife of Eric Boswell) Jay Haltzman MIRIAM MARIN (Mother of Eydie Glickstein) Jeanette and Eduardo Eichenwald Ann and Gene Ginsberg Jane and Arthur Kaplan Beth and Wesley Kozinn Stan and Vicki Wax DIANE MELTZER (Mother of Josh Meltzer) Lisa and Barnet Fraenkel HAROLD “SPIKE” ROTH (Brother of Monro Roth) Betty Greenberg Selma Roth ABRAM SHNAPER (Father of Sara Schonbach) Jeanette and Eduardo Eichenwald Beth and Wesley Kozinn Eileen and Richard Lewbart
Evelyn and Jay Lipschutz HILLEL SILBERG (Husband of Haralyn Silberg) Lisa and Barnet Fraenkel FLORENCE SNYDER (Daughter-in-Law of Stuart and Janice Schwartz) Mark Goldstein and Shari Spark JFLV Staff EDITH STRAUSS (Mother of Jay Strauss) Ross and Wendy Born LORRAINE LESAVOY WEISBERGER (Mother of Lynda Krawitz) Cathy Sacher Donald and Randi Senderowitz BEATRICE ROTH ZIMMET (Sister of Jean Mandel) Jeanette and Eduardo Eichenwald
MARILYN CLAIRE Happy Special Birthday Bill and Pauline Trachtenberg THE ROBERT COHEN FAMILY Happy Pesach! The Shimon Family LYNN AND SAM FELDMAN Engagement of son Peter to Deena Carol and Stewart Furmansky Jane and Arthur Kaplan Jennifer Kaplan Elaine and Leon Papir JULIE FRAENKEL Graduation from Bucknell University Serita Silberg BOBBY AND BONNIE HAMMEL Birth of grandson, Jackson Hammel Lisa and Ellis Block EVA AND LARRY LEVITT Bat Mitzvah of granddaughter Danielle Jeanette and Eduardo Eichenwald DORIS LIFLAND Happy 90th Birthday Shirley and Lou Furmansky JAY AND EVELYN LIPSCHUTZ Birth of grandson, Adam Leisawitz Lisa and Ellis Block CARL AND JUDY OLESH Tracey’s graduation
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Stan and Vicki Wax JEFF AND SUSAN NULLMAN Birth of granddaughter, Jolie Stan and Vicki Wax RANDI AND DONALD SENDEROWITZ Graduation of daughter Rissa from University of Pittsburgh Judy, Marc, Noah & Molly Diamondstein Betty Greenberg MICKEY AND EILEEN UFBERG Bat Mitzvah of granddaughter Alexa Karl and Sara Glassman Bill and Pauline Trachtenberg Stan and Vicki Wax LORA AND SHARONE VAKNIN Bat Mitzvah of daughter Danielle Arlene and Richard Stein
HELEN & SOL KRAWITZ HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL FUND IN MEMORY ABRAM SHNAPER (Father of Sara Schonbach) Lisa and Ellis Block LORRAINE LESAVOY WEISBERGER (Mother of Lynda Krawitz) Marjorie and Baron Jasper
STUART KRAWITZ Speedy recovery Joani Lesavoy and Sid Greenberg Marjorie and Baron Jasper BOB MALENOVSKY Continued good health Joani Lesavoy and Sid Greenberg JULIAN RAPPAPORT Speedy recovery Joani Lesavoy and Sid Greenberg We gratefully acknowledge those individuals who have offered expressions of friendship through recent gifts to the Lehigh Valley Jewish Foundation. The minimum contribution for an Endowment Card is $10. Call 610-8215500 or visit www.jewishlehighvalley.org to place your card requests. Thank you for your continued support.
WRITINGS FROM THE
CANTOR ELLEN SUSSMAN Temple Shirat Shalom
One of the most profound quotes from our Torah comes from Vayeitzei, in Genesis. Jacob awakes from his dream and says, “Truly, God is in this place, and I did not know it.” He is awestruck, and says, “How awe-inspiring is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!” (Genesis 28:16-17). I serve Temple Shirat Shalom, a new congregation in the Valley, only three years old. We have religious school at the JCC, services at the
'Everything was included' Swain School and sometimes in people’s homes. We have to find our spirituality in ourselves. The beautiful edifices are not there to aid us in our learning or worship. Oftentimes on a Friday night, I refer to the room in which we worship as our sanctuary. I have asked congregants whether they feel that the room we worship in is a sanctuary; they all say yes. This made me think about the nature of prayer and community. We have celebrated many of our congregants’ life cycle events on a Friday night. For our size, I cannot believe how many times people wish to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, as well as all the ufrufs, baby namings, yahrzeits and of course b’nai mitzvahs at our services. It is the desire to share their lives in a Jewish context with their fellow congregants that compels them. Obviously, the being together brings God into our midst. It is not the trappings that are needed, it is amcha, the people of Israel, that are needed. A few weeks ago, I officiated at a b’nai mitzvah that took place at home. There were many logistical
issues, but once we began I felt something very special. The Jacob quote was in my mind. It was a beautiful service filled with love and pride, for the young adults, God and the Jewish people. The sun was shining through the windows and the twins were surrounded by everyone and everything they love. The intimacy of the service was lovely. I think everyone who attended was surprised at how moving it was. We are used to services in large sanctuaries with many people participating. This was just the basics and that was more than enough. Everything was included; our tradition was able to shine through with nothing between us and the Presence of God. When I was in seminary, we would joke that we should guard against an "edifice" complex. It certainly is moving to enter a lovely space; however, as I have learned over these past three years, what is lasting and important is what you walk in with. Religious experiences can happen anywhere. As Jacob realized, God can dwell in a place where you use a rock for a pillow.
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Daughter of Lori and Houman Ahdieh PARKLAND HIGH SCHOOL Varsity Cross Country (Lettered), Varsity Lacrosse (Lettered), Key Club. Scholastic Art and Writing Regional Gold Key Winner for Photography. National Art Honor Society. BBYO, Shalshelet, Super Sunday volunteer, LVHN volunteer, Lacrosse referee, YoFresh employee. Plans to attend Temple University College of Health Professions and Social Work to study occupational therapy.
Son of Cindee Belman and Neil Belman PARKLAND HIGH SCHOOL Spanish Honor Society, Varsity Track and Field, Varsity Soccer, Frisbee Golf. NFTY, BBYO, Lehigh Valley United Boys 95 (nationally and regionally ranked US Youth soccer team). Camp Harlam. Plans to attend Elizabethtown College and play soccer there.
Daughter of Francyne and David Bernfeld PARKLAND HIGH SCHOOL Welcome Pack. BBYO (Vice President 2010-11), JFS-LV Junior Volunteer of the Year (2009). Bowling, Religious School aide at Temple Beth El. Plans to attend Bloomsburg University to study early childhood education.
Son of Heidi and Eric Coolidge PARKLAND HIGH SCHOOL Varsity Debate Team, Mr. Parkland, Symphonic Band. AZA (godol, s’gan, and shaliach). Kuhnsville Car Wash, Elevation Burger, Grand Lawn Baseball, Allentown Blues Rugby Club, volunteer at Parkland Public Library. Plans to attend Penn State-University Park to study English and pre-law.
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Daughter of Rebecca and Mitchell Cooper JACK M. BARRACK HEBREW ACADEMY Varsity Lacrosse, Varsity Swim, Chesed Club (community service organization). Friendship Circle. Plans to attend Colorado College.
Daughter of Marc and Judy Diamondstein PARKLAND HIGH SCHOOL American Sign Language Club, Symphonic Band, Girls Lacrosse, Key Club, Debate Team. National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, National Math Honor Society, American Sign Language Honor Society. United Synagogue Youth, North American Federation of Temple Youth, BBYO. LVAIC Scholar Athlete. Plans to attend Colgate University to study political science and has been recruited to the Colgate Women’s Lacrosse team.
Son of Mark and Alyssa Emswiler PARKLAND HIGH SCHOOL Engineering Club (Vice President), Science Olympiad. National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society (Vice President), Math Honor Society, Science Honor Society, Participant in VEX Robotics World Championship 2014, Da Vinci Science Center Youth Volunteer of the Year. Lifeguard, Lawn Mowing Entrepreneur. Plans to attend University of Pittsburgh to study chemical engineering.
Daughter of Jeffrey and Nancy Gevirtz PARKLAND HIGH SCHOOL Key Club, Lacrosse. Spanish Honor Society, English Honor Society, Math Honor Society, National Honor Society. Plans to attend Lehigh University.
Son of Marla Freedman and Moody Hedden LEHIGH VALLEY ACADEMY REGIONAL CHARTER SCHOOL Choir, Glee Club, Guitar Club, Technology Student Association. National Honor Society, AZA (Mazkir), non-voting Board Member of Jewish Family Service. BBYO, Lutron Explorer Post, Camp Ramah. Plans to attend Penn State Lehigh Valley to study computer engineering.
Son of Phyllis and Jay Kaufman MORAVIAN ACADEMY Soccer, Basketball, Moravian Academy Ringers, MA Links, Model UN, Coffeehouse. Comenius Project. Red Cross Club (President). Friendship Circle, Lehigh Valley Hospital Volunteer, Da Vinci Science Center, Parkland Community Library. Plans to attend University of Rochester to study chemical engineering.
Daughter of Sam and Sharon Land EMMAUS HIGH SCHOOL Costume Crew (Co-head), 4-H Riding Club (President), Drama Club, School Band, Women’s Choir. National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Certificate of Merit from Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency. Horseback Riding Counselor, Muhlenberg College Costume Shop Employee, Animal Sanctuary Volunteer, Dance, Knitting, Sewing. Plans to attend Muhlenberg College to study theatre, dance, and costume design
Daughter of Rob and Heidi Lennick PARKLAND HIGH SCHOOL National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society (Vice President), PALs Club, Spanish Club, Lacrosse. Undercover Tobacco Buyer for FDA. Plans to attend Virginia Polytechnic Institute to study international relations.
Son of Dion and Mindy Manhoff MORAVIAN ACADEMY Varsity Soccer, Varsity Basketball, Varsity Baseball, Moravian Academy Links, Orche Student Government Class Representative Rotary Club, Scholastic Scrimmage, Peer T American Mathematics competition Nomin Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science, Woodworking. Presidential Academic Awa High Honor Roll. Most Improved Baseball P 2012. Habitat for Humanity (Volunteer), JC Youth Basketball Team, Hanover Township Community Center (Volunteer), Green Pon Day Camp (Counselor), Sacred Heart Hos (Volunteer). Attended Georgetown Univers Medical Institute. Jewish Genetic Diseases Campaign. Plays piano and drums. Plans t Attend Bucknell University on a pre-med tr
Daughter of Michael and Deborah Nelso PARKLAND HIGH SCHOOL Litmag, Chorus. BBYO, Wesleyan Univers Liberal Arts Center for Creative Youth Inten Syracuse University Summer College, Confirmation. Plans to attend West Cheste University to study communication.
Son of Tova Goldstein and Bernie Newm LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL National Honor Society, Cross Country, Track and Field, Relay for Life, School Sto (Manager). Plans to attend Temple Univers study business.
Daughter of Amy and Rick Sams PARKLAND HIGH SCHOOL German Club. National Honor Society, English Honor Society, German Honor Society. Keneseth Israel Temple Youth
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(President), SPYA softball, works at Keneseth Israel Religious School. Plans to attend University of Pittsburgh.
Professional Engineers scholarship recipient. Plans to attend Georgia Institute of Technology to study engineering.
Son of Elizabeth Citron and Joseph Sanabria EMMAUS HIGH SCHOOL AZA. Plans to attend the Antonelli Institute to study photography.
Son of Anat and Oded Schor PARKLAND HIGH SCHOOL Future Business Leaders of America, GEO, NHS, MHS, Spanish Club, Global Awareness Club (President). Senior Academic Distinction Award. BBYO, Shalshelet. Plans to attend Pennsylvania State University.
Daughter of Sharon and Gregg Schubach PARKLAND HIGH SCHOOL Art Club, Club Med (Vice President), Track and Field. National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, English Honor Society, Science Honor Society, Art Honor Society. Camelot for Kids junior board member. USY, Friendship Circle, Camp Ramah. Plans to attend Franklin & Marshall College to study biological foundations of behavior and neuroscience.
Daughter of Randi and Donald Senderowitz MORAVIAN ACADEMY Links, Pride Mentor, Scholastic Scrimmage, Prom Committee, Peer Tutor. Mensa, President’s Education Award, International Leadership Network Young Achiever Award, Carson Scholar Award, Leader of Tomorrow Award, Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Award, Society of Women Engineers scholarship recipient, AXA Achievement Community Scholarship finalist, PA Society of
Daughter of Ofer and Miriam Shustik MORAVIAN ACADEMY Moravian Academy International Club (President), Moravian Academy Student Ambassador, Moravian Academy Student Council. Paula Ward Leadership Award. BBG (President 2012-13). BBG Treasurer 2011-12. BBYO. Plans to attend Emory University.
Son of Jen and Steve Topp LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL Marching Band (1st Company), Orchestra (1st Chair), Swim Team. Plans to attend either Boston University or Northeastern University to study engineering.
Daughter of Russell Wild and Susan Wild PARKLAND HIGH SCHOOL PASC Soccer, photography. Plans to attend Kutztown University.
Son of Brian and Kym Zionts-Bernstein SOUTHERN LEHIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra. Low Brass Section Leader, Lehigh County Honors Band, AZA Aleph of the Month, Boy Scouts Star Rank. BBYO, NFTY, and NFTY Eisendrath International Exchange High School in Israel (Spring 2013). Plans to attend Lock Haven University to study physics in the preengineering program.
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Phoebe agreed to go on a double date to the movies and, a few weeks later, Art called again and offered to ride the bus up to her house – in the wealthier part of town -- and then they would ride back down to his part of town together. The bus wasn’t Phoebe’s style; she had a car available and, seemingly against her better judgment, responded that she was going to a dance but would stop by and see him first. Art knew the evening would be his last chance to impress Phoebe, but he needed some money to pull it off. He was signed up as an Rh-negative blood donor at the hospital, so he went ahead and sold some blood. With the money, he said, “I bought an authentic leather jacket with real sheepskin lining and put on my ruby-encrusted President’s pin.” Art said he was the second “Jewish guy” ever initiated into his fraternity and the first Jewish president of his fraternity. At that time, he was a student at Muhlenberg College. “They really gave me my start” by finding a scholarship and giving it to him, he said. He is now an emeritus trustee for the school. True to her word, Phoebe drove to town and the two went over to her father’s store, The Music Mart. They spent 20 minutes together and then Phoebe went to her dance as planned. However, she later admitted to having said that evening, “If I’ve met the man I’m going to marry, I met him today.” For his part, Art recalled that his eyes popped when he saw the classical record collection at the shop of Phoebe’s father and said, “This is a family I’d like to belong to.” Art and Phoebe married in 1955 on Art’s birthday, which is June 19. After college, Art attended medical school and served as a pathologist for the Air Force. He and Phoebe lived in various locations while starting their family of five children. Art eventually got permission from the Air Force to cover a local hospital – something that was “unheard of” – and at times even found himself covering several hospitals at a time, enabling him to pay off his school loans in just four years. Both Art and Phoebe were profoundly affected by the support for Israel that they witnessed through the years. In 1947-49, Pottsville was very active in raising money for weapons for Israel and Phoebe’s family was much involved in that. During the Six Day War in 1967, Art was amazed to find that his one-time Air Force Base in the small town of Chanute, Illinois, took up collections for Israel. Upon completing Art’s service in the Air Force and settling in Palmer Township in the Lehigh Valley, the couple joined Bnai Abraham Synagogue. Art worked for Warren Hospital and Phoebe cared for their children and household. But she also had a mentor in the congregation who
urged her to get involved in the Jewish community. Although Phoebe’s health has declined in recent years, “she was [a] really red hot worker for Federation,” Art said. “She started getting the Federation known and entrenched in the east end of the Valley and was one of the pioneers of Women’s Division.” Phoebe became a Lion of Judah “as soon as we could afford the $5,000,” he added. Not so long ago, Art began to talk with Phoebe about endowing her annual Lion of Judah level contribution. “I knew it was something she would like,” he reflected. Besides her children, he said, Phoebe’s work for the Federation and, thereby, all the people and programs it supports, was “more important than anything” for her. “She was dynamite,” Art recalled. “One of her things was to say, ‘What do you spend on milk and bread a day? Why don’t you figure a dollar a day to Federation?’” In addition to volunteering for the Federation, Phoebe worked hard for the hospital and, Art said, “We were [one] of the original couples with ProJeCt,” a multidenominational social service organization in Easton. They continue to enjoy their family, which now includes 12 grandchildren. Although the two have excellent accommodations and care, it is naturally difficult for Art to witness in Phoebe the changes time has wrought. With tears in his eyes, Art quietly spoke of why endowing the Lion of Judah pin is so
Phoebe Altman is a longtime supporter of the Lehigh Valley’s Jewish community. She earned a reputation as a “red hot Federation worker.”
important to him, saying: “I would hope as long as possible people would remember Phoebe Altman.”
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JCC ECE Director Sheryl Block to retire By Sara Ritter JCC Teacher and Mazel Tots Director At the end of June, Sheryl Block, director of early childhood education at the Jewish Community Center, will retire after more than 30 years on the staff. As she moves toward the end of her tenure as director, Block has taken the opportunity to reflect on her time at the JCC and share some wisdom with us about what her career means to her. As one of the longest-term employees of the JCC, Block feels strongly about the value of the organization. The seeds of this feeling were sown during her early days as a member of the JCC, when she was a stay-at-home mother to her first child, Andrew. Block remembers fondly one of her first experiences with the JCC, an encounter with Executive Director Lenny Gurvitz, who greeted her by name and welcomed her to the building even though, she contended, she was “no one to him.” She still isn’t sure how Gurvitz knew who she was, but she felt this individual greeting evidenced such a warm, welcoming atmosphere that she remains impressed by it even now. The feeling of community expanded for Block as she
became involved in the Women’s Auxiliary, where she found the opportunity to meet other members, get involved in activities and hone her skills in public speaking. Her involvement in the community started strong and has never wavered since. Block eventually found a place to engage her passion as a part of the ECE staff. When asked how she started on this career path, Block said, “When I first started at the JCC [as a preschool teacher], I was having such a great time that I thought, ‘I can’t believe they pay me for this!’” Even as she has taken on more responsibility and many more hours over the years, she said, “being with children is my number one choice of what to do with my life. I still love it. I never want to stop.” As to what helped her to become the teacher and leader she is for the ECE today, Block was clear. The JCC afforded her not just a strong sense of community, but also the opportunities she needed to pursue her interest in working with children. She joked, “I am so old that I’ve worked for a series of directors, gathering valuable ideas from each one.” In response to everincreasing demands on teachers, Block committed to ongoing professional
Sheryl Block with husband Rance. Known to many Lehigh Valley youngsters as “Miss Sheryl,” she is set to retire after more than 30 years with the JCC early childhood education program.
development for herself and her staff, introducing new online and in-service trainings for the ECE staff and constantly seeking feedback and suggestions from parents, teachers and community members to help make the JCC preschool the best it can possibly be. During retirement, one of Block’s projects, the ECE library at the JCC, will receive much of her attention; she intends to organize and expand the collection of books provided for the children’s
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use. She also intends to continue the Jewish Journeys program about the Jewish holidays that she began while director. Overall, Block said, she sees retirement as “a gift of time to do things that I’ve always wanted to see for the school.” We thank Sheryl Block for her many years of leadership and guidance; the ECE and the community as a whole have benefited greatly from her presence on the staff and we look forward to continuing to see her at the JCC.
Rabbi Seth Phillips reads to kids at a PJ Library event at the JCC. Rabbi Seth leapt wholeheartedly into community life here in the Lehigh Valley.
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each morning knowing that, as is his habit, Rabbi Seth is out there somewhere running his miles though the community that I, too, have come to love and call home. The symbolism is quite personal for me. Rabbi Seth and I have enjoyed many wonderful conversations about
both physical and spiritual health. Indeed, as a cardiac surgeon I know that the heart is more than just a pump that keeps blood circulating in our bodies. It is the symbol of the love that we share with our families and our faith community. While I can repair a heart with sutures, Rabbi Seth knows how to nourish it with spirit and love. Thank you Lieutenant Commander Rabbi Seth Phillips
and yasher koach! Dr. Raymond Singer is Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Vice Chair for Quality and Patient Safety at Lehigh Valley Health Network. He is a past board member for Congregation Keneseth Israel.
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BBYO stands up for autism awareness Allentown AZA boys participated in Walk Now for Autism Speaks on April 25. The BBYO boys got sponsors for the walk and raised over $800 so far toward autism research and resources. The walk was part of their Stand Up Cause, a community service initiative that they choose each year. Their Stand Up Cause also included learning about the effects of autism and raising awareness. Some of the AZA boys also participated in activities throughout the year working with autistic children, such as TopSoccer and Friendship Sunday Circles. Donations are still being accepted at www.WalkNowforAutismSpeak.org/ LehighValley/AllentownAZA.
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EITC program a win-win for businesses and Jewish students By Michael Miller JFLV Board Member If you are or know a Pennsylvania business owner, you have a great opportunity to help students at the Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Day School. As a CPA and board member of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley, I wanted to make sure you know that Pennsylvania businesses, or pass-through owners, can receive substantial tax breaks and directly help low-income students at the JCC and JDS. Actually it will cost the business or its owners almost nothing! Offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC) allows Pennsylvania businesses to receive tax credits when they contribute to state-approved scholarship organizations such as the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley. Because of the limited funds budgeted by the state, businesses need to apply ON July 1 for the first-come, first-served tax credits. Through the Jewish Federation, EITC monies help fund scholarship programs to enable children from lowincome families to participate in first-rate academic programs at the JCC and JDS. The Jewish
Federation has participated in the program for over 12 years. A business will receive a 90 percent state tax credit if it agrees to participate in the program for two years; a 75 percent tax credit is offered for a one-year contribution. And, because the net charitable contribution remains eligible for the Federal tax deduction, the net cost to help these children is pennies on the dollar, or less! Businesses authorized to do business in Pennsylvania who are subject to one or more of the following taxes are eligible to participate in the EITC Program: • Corporate Net Income Tax • Capital Stock Franchise Tax • Bank and Trust Company Shares Tax • Title Insurance Companies Shares Tax • Insurance Premiums Tax • Mutual Thrift Institution Tax • Personal Income Tax of S-Corporation Shareholders, Partners in a General or Limited Partnership, or Members of a Limited Liability Co. (LLC) The application process is extremely efficient and it is all done online. The first step requires an interested business or business owner to complete a simple online application. After the DCED reviews the application and confirms there is money available in the program, tax credits will be
awarded on a first-come, firstserved basis. Once approval is received by letter from DCED, businesses have 60 days to make their contribution(s). More information about the program, including the application, can be found at www.jewishlehighvalley.org/ eitc. The deadline for 2014-15 is July 1! Time is of the essence and applications must be entered online on the deadline day or risk losing out on this win-win opportunity. The Jewish Federation professional staff and volunteers are available to assist with your application process to make certain that the online entry is completed on July 1, 2014. Certain parts of the application can be completed prior to July 1, making the process even easier on July 1. For more information, visit www.jewishlehighvalley.org/ eitc. If you have any questions, contact your tax advisor or the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley at 610-821-5500 or email@example.com. This is a tremendous opportunity for tax-paying businesses and partnership partners. You will be helping children from low income households at practically no cost to you or your business. And we all know that strengthening our community is a wise business decision.
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Defying most prognosticators, Israeli underdog Maccabi Tel Aviv won its sixth European basketball title on May 18, with a 98-86 victory over Real Madrid at the Mediolanum Forum in Milan. After the final buzzer sounded, Maccabi players and coaches celebrated on the court while the more than 9,000 Maccabi fans who made the trip to Milan cheered on ecstatically in the stands. Back in Tel Aviv, the victory set off festive revelry in the streets, with thousands of people filling Rabin Square. During the game, bars throughout the city were packed with fans watching the action on large screens. Both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres called Maccabi coach David Blatt that evening to congratulate him on the win. “You did it big time,” Netanyahu told Blatt. “We have always been on the map, but you kept us on the map in such an impressive way.” Peres, who is 90, joked that the game had almost given him a heart attack.
A Maccabi Tel Aviv game. “The whole country is yellow tonight,” Peres said. “The team fought like lions and won. It was amazing. Congratulations Maccabi -- Israel is proud of you.” Guard Tyrese Rice led Maccabi with 26 points, 21 of which came in the fourth quarter and overtime. Rice, who hit the game-winning shot in Maccabi’s semifinal victory over CSKA Moscow on May 16, was named the MVP of the 2014 Euroleague Final Four.
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Basketball for Peace Alex Becker’s bar mitzvah is still several months away, but when it comes to doing a mitzvah project, Alex is on the ball. The Swain School seventh grader will become a Bar Mitzvah on Oct. 18, 2014, at Congregation Keneseth Israel. “I’m on the basketball team at school and I really like basketball, so my mom and I started Googling bar mitzvah projects for basketball. Right away, we found PeacePlayers International. I loved the idea of raising money for such a great organization, so that’s what I decided to do for my mitzvah project,” Alex said. PeacePlayers International (PPI) is a non-profit organization that brings children in conflict together to play basketball. Its goal is to unite, educate and inspire young people to create a more peaceful world. PPI was founded in 2001 on the premise that “children who play together can learn to live together.” It has reached more than 59,000 participants through a groundbreaking peacebuilding and leadership development curriculum. It uses basketball to bring chil-
dren together and teach them proven tactics for improving their communities. One of the places where you will find PPI is in the Middle East. PeacePlayers International - Middle East is quite active in Israel and the West Bank. It unites and educates Jewish and Arab young people and their communities through the game of basketball. It operates several multifaceted, year-round programs based on a groundbreaking curriculum developed in partnership with the Arbinger Institute. This curriculum combines on-court, experiential learning with frank and open discussion. To raise money for PPI, Alex held a basketball tournament on May 11, 2014, at the Swain School in Allentown. Seventh and eighth graders participated in teams of three at a $10 per person donation and spectators donated $5 each to watch the tournament. Alex also collected used basketball equipment at the tournament for PPI. If you’d like to contact Alex to make a donation of equipment, you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alex’s mom, Julie Becker said she and Alex’s dad, Eric, are proud of Alex. “It’s all for such a good cause. PeacePlayers International gave us great guidance and support.
Alex loves basketball and this just seemed to be the perfect way to share his enthusiasm with others and do some real good.” And all this, of course, is part of the very important event in Alex’s life which is about to take place. “I’m very excited about becoming a Bar Mitzvah,” Alex said. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s a lot of fun, too.” In addition to his mitzvah project, Alex has made his first adult gift of tzedakah to the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley Annual Campaign for Jewish Needs. For help developing your mitzvah project, contact Abby Trachtman, program coordinator, at email@example.com or 610821-5500.
PJ LIBRARY Celebrates Shavuot JOIN US FOR A FREE PROGRAM (JUST PAY FOR YOUR OWN FROZEN YOGURT). Our special guest reader will teach us about Shavuot as we eat our dairy treats. Crafts, some surprises and, of course, a PJ Library story. All yogurt products at Menchies are LVKC-supervised.
DATE: SUNDAY, JUNE 1, 2014 TIME: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. LOCATION: Menchies Frozen Yogurt 353 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown Pre-register at the JCC Welcome Desk 610-435-3571. For more information, contact Brenda Finberg at firstname.lastname@example.org. HOSTED BY THE IMERMAN AND GOLDBERG FAMILIES.
Shabbat With a Little Help From My Friends It’s Friday, you don’t want to make dinner. Let the JCC and PJ Library help you bring in Shabbat with music, friends, dinner and of course a PJ Library story. Dinner is LVKC-supervised. Special guest reader Rabbi David Wilensky. Camp music leader Michael Smolin will lead a Shabbatone with a sing a long.
DATE: FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014 TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. LOCATION: JCC Campsite, 5831 Vera Cruz Rd., Center Valley $18 per family. Please pre-register at the JCC Welcome Desk by July 20 or by calling 610-435-3571. This is a family event, parents are responsible for supervision of children at JCC campsite. Children who are in camp may stay at camp and will be supervised until parents arrive with registration and permission slip. We know this is early for working parents. Please let us know if you will be joining us a little late.
PJ Library is brought to you by the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley, the Jewish Community Center of Allentown and the Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley, in partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.
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Community Calendar To list an event in the Community Calendar, submit your information on our website, www.jewishlehighvalley.org, under the “Upcoming Events” menu. All events listed in the Community Calendar are open to the public and free of charge, unless otherwise noted. Programs listed in HAKOL are provided as a service to the community. They do not necessarily reflect the endorsement of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley. The JFLV reserves the right to accept, reject or modify listings.
SUNDAY, JUNE 1 PJ Celebrates Shavuot 10:30 a.m., Menchies Frozen Yogurt, 353 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown. Join us for a free program (just pay for your own frozen yogurt). Our special guest reader will teach us about Shavuot as we eat our dairy treats. Crafts, some surprises and, of course, a PJ Library story. All yogurt products at Menchies are LVKC-supervised. Preregister at the JCC Welcome Center, 610-435-3571. For more information, contact Brenda Finberg at bfinberg@ lvjcc.org. Hosted by the Imerman and Goldberg families.
Family Service of the Lehigh Valley. SUNDAY, JUNE 8 Shalom Baby Reunion 10 a.m., JCC of Allentown. Shalom Baby families – don’t miss our annual reunion playdate! Make new friends for you and the kiddos! Snacks and drinks on us, and pictures too! RSVP to Abby Trachtman at 610-821-5500 or email@example.com. Shalom Baby is a project of the Women’s Division of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley. MONDAY, JUNE 9 3rd Annual Mortimer S. Schiff Memorial Golf Tournament 10 a.m., Lehigh Country Club. An allinclusive day including a decadent dairy brunch, 18 holes of golf, and catered dinner in the clubhouse. To make a reservation for dinner, visit www.jewishlehighvalley.org/golf. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 Pomegranate and Lion of Judah Chocolate Luncheon 11:30 a.m., private residence. Pomegranate and Lion of Judah women are invited to a special chocolate luncheon with “the chocolate rabbi,” Deborah R. Prinz. Rabbi Prinz is the author of “On the Chocolate Trail: A Delicious Adventure Connecting Jews, Religions, History, Travel, Rituals and Recipes to the Magic of Cacao.” To RSVP, call 610-821-5500 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Open to women who have made a minimum commitment of $1,800 to the 2014 Campaign for Jewish Needs.
SUNDAY, JUNE 1 Love, Limits, and Letting Go: Preparing to Send Children into an Unpredictable World 7 p.m., Congregation Sons of Israel. THURSDAY, JUNE 12 Phyllis Ringel Memorial Lecture. Talk Kindergarten Graduation Hakol 4x4_June_UnderTheStreetlampt_Layout 1 JCC 5/2/2014 3:26 PMKline Page 1 by social worker Marcie Lightwood. 1 p.m., of Allentown AudiAdmission free. Sponsored by Jewish torium. This afternoon is dedicated to
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the first of many important milestones, kindergarten graduation. THURSDAY, JUNE 12 Jewish Federation Community Celebration 6:30 p.m., JCC of Allentown. Please join us in honoring outgoing leadership, presenting special awards and celebrating the end of the 2014 campaign year. Heavy Israeli-themed hors d’oeuvres and open bar. Buffet and bar open at 6:15 p.m. See story on Page 1 for more details. To RSVP, contact 610-821-5500 or mailbox@ jflv.org. THURSDAY, JUNE 12 The Gallery at the JCC Art Exhibit Reception 6:30 to 8 p.m., JCC of Allentown. Ann Jeppesen, sculptor, enjoys both gardening and working with clay. She has combined her favorites by creating pots and sculptures for outdoor beauty. Anne Marie Young creates amazing acrylic portraits. Her recent Hawaiian trip inspired the use of vivid colors and island landscapes. This colorful exhibit ends on Thursday, July 24. THURSDAY, JUNE 12 Temple Beth El Healing Service 7 p.m., Temple Beth El. We will be creating a safe space to bring our pain, our questions, and our yearning. This one-hour service will be held in the Hammel Family Chapel. The service will include music, silent meditation, traditional prayers and Torah study. The entire community is invited to participate.
FRIDAY, JUNE 13 Formal Installation of Rabbi Seth Phillips 7:30 p.m., Congregation Keneseth Israel. Oneg Shabbat reception following services. FRIDAY-SATURDAY, JUNE 13-14 Scholar-In-Residence Rabbi Jonathan Porath Temple Beth El. Rabbi Porath is a speaker with the Jewish Federations of North America, past member of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and country director for Western Russia and Belarus. He will enlighten us with his “175 Trips to the Jews of Russia” on Shabbat morning and will “Nurture our Jewish Hearts and Souls” on Friday evening. Friday, dinner at 6 p.m., services at 7:30 p.m. Shabbat morning service at 9 a.m. Cost: Dinner - $18 per person or $40 per household. Please RSVP to Temple Beth El with your check for the Friday night dinner, 610-435-3521. There will also be a kiddush luncheon following Shabbat services. SATURDAY, JUNE 14 Celebrating Rabbi Seth’s Installation 6 p.m., Congregation Keneseth Israel. Celebrate the official installation of Seth Phillips as the rabbi at KI. Elegant cocktail reception featuring tastes from around the world. Entertainment at 7:30 p.m., “From Bimah to Broadway,” starring Cantor Jennifer Duretz Peled. Followed by a sumptuous dessert reception. Seating is limited and is first come, first served. Contact KI at 610-435-9074 for prices and reservations.
MONDAY, JUNE 16 J Gourmet at Artisan Wine & Cheese Cellars 6 p.m., Artisan Wine & Cheese Cellars 55 W. Lehigh St., Bethlehem. Private wine tasting -- Old World vs New World. Hand-crafted hearty appetizers and hors d’oeuvres. Freshly made chocolates from Bethlehem’s Chocolate Lab. All registered guests in attendance are eligible to win a wine gift basket. Price: $50 per person; JCC Member Value Price: $40 per person. Stop by or call the JCC Welcome Center at 610-435-3571. Limited spaces available. Adults 21 and up are welcome. No registrations after June 11. NO walk ins. Sponsored by Adults at the J. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 Simcha Club 12 p.m., Congregation Brith Sholom. Musical event featuring Cantor Kevin Wartell and Cantor Ellen Sussman. Please make a reservation and come and enjoy! Call Tammy at 610-8668009 to register or learn more. THURSDAY, JUNE 19 JCC Annual Meeting and Celebration 5:30 p.m., JCC of Allentown Pre-event BBQ dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Annual Meeting at 6:30 p.m. State of the JCC, tribute to retiring ECE Director Sheryl Block, sports awards, Volunteer of the Year, presenting slate of directors, remarks, coffee bar and desserts. RSVP to news@lvjcc. org or 610-435-3571. SUNDAY, JUNE 22 Retirement Celebration Honoring Rabbi Allen and Toby Juda 5 p.m. Congregation Brith Sholom. After 39 years as the spiritual leader of Brith Sholom, Rabbi Allen Juda is retiring. Come and join us for a night of celebration, nostalgia, memories and surprises as we bid farewell. Cocktails at 5 p.m., followed by dinner. $75 per person. Seating is limited. Call Tammy at 610-866-8009 to register or learn more.
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FRIDAY, JUNE 27 Temple Beth El Shira Chadasha Under the Stars 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, enhances understanding of 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.
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FRIDAY, JUNE 27 Mizmor Shir Musical Shabbat Experience 7:30 p.m., Temple Covenant of Peace. Featuring Bob Cisik on klezmer clarinet and Gene Gelfenson on piano with Bill Morrison on bass. Cantor Jill Pakman, music director. Dinner catered by Boscov’s at 6:30 p.m. A special Oneg Shabbat is planned. All are welcome - call for dinner reservations, 610-253-2031. The event is made possible with a grant from the Easton Leadership Council of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley.
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Community Calendar Ongoing Events SUNDAY to FRIDAY DAF YOMI 7:30 a.m., Congregation Sons of Israel Are you intrigued by thought-provoking, stimulating and provocative religious discussion? Are you enamored by the depth and scope of the Jewish legal system? Are you curious about Judaism’s perspective on marriage, tort law, Jewish burial, holiday observance, prayer, blessings and, for that matter, nearly any Jewish topic? Then Sons of Israel’s daily “Daf Yomi” class is for you. 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 Allentown A brunch follows each meeting – bagels, cream cheese, lox, herring, pastry and coffee. The veteran and significant other are invited as the guest of the Ladies Auxiliary. Come and enjoy camaraderie and we will even listen to your “war story.” Questions? Call Commander Sheila Berg at 610-285-2729 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. Adult Hebrew is an opportunity for you to learn about your heritage and expand your Jewish knowledge so that you can keep up with your child. Contact 610-351-6511. TSS HEBREW & ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES 10 a.m., JCC of Allentown Interested in learning Hebrew for the first time or brushing up your skills? Marcia Berkow teaches adult Hebrew beginning at 10 a.m., followed at 11 a.m. by David Vaida, who will you take you through the great moments across all 5,774 years of Jewish history. Free and open to all. RSVP at learnwithus@ templeshiratshalom.org or 610-820-7666. 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 Allentown 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. Regular weekly meetings and lunch - $6. First visit - NO CHARGE. THE RHYTHM OF JEWISH LIVING 8 to 9 p.m., Temple Beth El Taught by Rabbi Moshe Re’em. This course will examine the ideas, beliefs and practices that define and shape Jewish life through daily, weekly, annual and life-cycle observances. The is designed as a year-long course for those wishing to learn more about the religious observances of Judaism, theology of the holidays and ritual practices. The course is organized around the Jewish calendar, but includes other daily Jewish rituals. TUESDAYS THE EVOLUTION OF JEWISH PRAYER 10:45 a.m., JCC of Allentown Rabbi Wilensky takes this class through time and space as he traces the development of Tefillah from antiquity to modern times. Sponsored by Congregation Sons of Israel. YACHAD TORAH STUDY GROUP 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., JCC of Allentown It doesn’t matter how much you know, it matters how much you want to know. Bring your curiosity to thet Yachad Torah study group and discover the wonders, adventures and meaning of the Torah. Each FREE session is taught by one of our dedicated clergy members or a respected Jewish educator. Held in the Teachers’ Learning Center/Holocaust Resource Room (lower level, JCC). Call 610-435-3571 for information about individual sessions. JFS-LV’S YIDDISH CLUB 1:30 p.m., Jewish Family Service Kibbitz in the mama loshen! You don’t need to be fluent — just come and enjoy! Call 610-8218722 for more 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, email@example.com. 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, but a spirit of inquiry and a sense of humor might come in handy! Contact Rabbi Mizrachi 207-404-0474; firstname.lastname@example.org; www. torahovereasy.blogspot.com.
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.
SEALED IN THE BOOK OF LIFE 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Congregation Keneseth Israel Join Rabbi Seth and a friendly group of seekers who are exploring the proposed new Reform High Holy Day Machzor to discover its ancient wisdom and modern sensibilities. Newcomers always welcome. Knowledge of Hebrew not required. Come with an open heart and do your part to improve your High Holy Day experience. Contact Ms. Sandra Hari, 610-435-9074. Free and open to the community.
CHRONIC CONDITIONS SUPPORT GROUP Second Wednesday of the month, 10 a.m., Jewish Family Service This new support group is meeting monthly through July. Cost is $5 per group, assistance available if needed. If interested, contact Rebecca Axelrod-Cooper at 610-821-8722 to set up a pre-screening appointment.
WHERE CHRISTIANITY & JUDAISM DIFFER 10:45 a.m., JCC of Allentown Have you ever had to explain Judaism to nonJewish co-workers? With sensitivity and tact, Rabbi Wilensky discusses both the commonalities and divergences between the Jewish and Christian faith systems. Sponsored by Congregation Sons of Israel.
FOOD AROUND THE WORLD: ITS IMPACT ON HISTORY AND CULTURE 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Congregation Brith Sholom A new course on the history of food and its connection to culture and belief. The course will be presented through watching Professor Ken Albala (PhD Columbia University) deliver two halfhour lectures each session (via DVD), interrupted by supplementary presentations and discussion. Tuition for the course is $18 (make check payable to Congregation Brith Sholom) which covers 18 class sessions this spring and next fall along with all supplementary donations of food samples and invitations to a variety of lunches following most classes. Register with Tammy at Brith Sholom: 610-866-8009. Questions? Call Rabbi Gerard at 610-248-1588. Rabbi Gerard will moderate the course.
TORAH ON TILGHMAN 12:15 p.m., Allentown Wegmans Cantor Ellen Sussman of Temple Shirat Shalom leads a lunch and learn on the Torah. Shopping is optional. RSVP to email@example.com or 610-820-7666.
JEWISH CURRENT EVENTS First Wednesday of the Month, 1:15 p.m., Country Meadows, Bethlehem Rabbi Stein conducts a current events class at Country Meadows. Residents express their opinions and have the opportunity to ask questions. Sponsored by Bnai Abraham Synagogue. For more information, call 610-258-5343. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, 610-905-2166, rabbiyagod1@gmail. com. EXPLORATIONS IN SHOFTIM (JUDGES) 7 p.m., Sons of Israel Facilitated by Mrs. Abby Weiner, this is one of the Allentown’s most popular classes and a continuation of last year’s Explorations in Yehoshua. This class provides in-depth study of the text, and provides critical historical context for the events that follow in Jewish history. HUSBANDS ANONYMOUS First Wednesday of the month, 7:30 p.m., location provided 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 Torah Studies by JLI presents: Season Three: A 12-part series. Cost is $36 for the complete 12-week series (textbook included). For more information contact 610-351-6511 or Rabbi@ chabadlehighvalley.com.
FRIDAYS TCP TOT SHABBAT SERVICE 4th Friday of the month, 5 p.m., Temple Covenant of Peace This wonderful program introduces children to Shabbat ritual and songs with activities designed especially for our youngest congregants and their families. Arts and crafts, stories and prayer round out the children’s activities. 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 to follow. 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. Dr. Grossbard, a dynamic and erudite scholar in his own right, helps students understand the argument-behind-the-argument, using Rashi, Tosafos and commentaries. JAVA AND JEANS 4th Saturday of the month, 10 a.m., Bnai Abraham Synagogue Join us for our monthly Shabbat service to discuss current topics of interest as they relate to Jewish laws and practices. For more detailed information, call 610-258-5343. 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 long-term commitments are required to participate as we discuss Torah together. ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY HALACHAH 12 p.m., Congregation Sons of Israel Applying the ancient wisdom of Jewish Law to modern challenges is one of the most fascinating aspects of Jewish life. 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.
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ORTHODOX JEWISH LIVING: WHAT IS IT & HOW? 8 p.m. To learn more, contact Rabbi Yizchok I. Yagod, 610-905-2166 or rabbiyagod1@gmail. com THURSDAYS ADULT EDUCATION CLASS 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., Bnai Abraham Synagogue No preparation or prior knowledge is required. Rabbi Daniel Stein leads an eager-to-learn group. We examine the Torah, Judaism, the holidays, Hebrew and Yiddish literature, well-known stories and poetry. Cost: $10 each semester. Contact 610-258-5343, office@bnaiabraham. org. MOMMY & ME 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., Chabad Led by Morah Devorah Halperin and Mrs. Alli Lipson, Mommy & Me is an innovative program for babies and toddlers to experience Jewish
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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 Tamara Cohen, Reconstructionist Weekly Shabbat services and a monthly family service with potluck dinner. Religious school meets Sunday mornings. Email email@example.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. CONGREGATION BRITH SHOLOM 1190 W. Macada Rd., Bethlehem – 610.866.8009 Rabbi Allen Juda, Conservative MINYAN is at 7:45 a.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. on Saturdays and holidays. RELIGIOUS SCHOOL classes every Tuesday/Thursday at 4:15 p.m. 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 Wednesdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 9:30 a.m. 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 school at bethelallentown.org. 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 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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