From the Desk of Jeri Zimmerman

The monthly column of Jeri Zimmerman, executive director of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley

Here for Good 2024

While it continues to be the Federation’s campaign slogan, we are able to do our important and noble work because of our commitment to be: Here for Good. The Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley ensures that our Jewish community thrives from dor l’dor. Good doesn’t just happen on its…

What makes this year different from all other years?

The Jewish calendar reminds us that this is an eventful time from Passover through the Season of Independence, including Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Yom HaZikaron (Israel Memorial Day), and Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israel Independence Day). It is with all these events in mind that we s…

Purim 2024

This year, Purim begins the evening of Saturday, March 23, and continues through the following evening, Sunday, March 24.

While looking for ways to frame the Purim story and the current mood of our community since October 7, I came across an article written by Alesandra Dubin in the January…

The time of your life...

Despite the cold weather of February, it’s already time to start thinking about summer camp! Camp is all about fun and real-world learning. Going to summer camp helps kids form their Jewish identities. In addition to being totally fun, Jewish camp is a place for young Jews to learn more ab…

Together, we will be OK

Since October 7, 2023, I have read a number of blogs from Israel addressing the basic conversational question How are you? What was once a simple greeting has become complex, leading to a new response: We’re not OK. 

I cannot remember a time when our concerns for the well-being of oursel…