From the Desk of Jeri Zimmerman

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

Community check-up and check-in

The New Year is filled with such optimism — the promise of fresh starts, new beginnings. It’s also a time when many people take the opportunity to reflect inward and recommit to improving their own health and well-being.

In Judaism, health and wellness are held in high regard, and the T…

Be the Light!

One for each night, they shed a sweet light to remind us of days long ago …

We are reminded of days not so long ago when antisemitism was less prevalent. While antisemitism has been on the rise in the United States, focusing on the digitization of this vile prejudice is essential to stopp…

I Appreciate You

It is at this time of year, with Thanksgiving and the end of the year quickly approaching, that I am always reminded of the expression “an attitude of gratitude.” As I may have noted before, this is the notion of making it a habit to express thankfulness and appreciation in all parts of …

What kind of community do we want to be?

As we celebrate the High Holiday season, this time of reflection and renewal allows us to think about the kind of community we want to be and what it might take to have the desired impact.

While we anticipate wonderful celebrations with our young families and their children — PJ Library e…

Hope and Optimism, 5783

“Optimism is the belief that things are going to get better. Hope is the belief that we can make things better. … It takes no courage to be an optimist, but it does need courage to hope.”
— Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, chief rabbi of England (1991-2013)

Coming through challenging times giv…