From the Desk of Jeri Zimmerman

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

Welcome!

Welcoming guests is a Jewish value. It is also a mitzvah, a commandment. This value is modeled by Abraham and Sarah, who warmly welcomed three visitors to their tent only to discover that they were angels, messengers of G-d. The virtue of hospitality is not simply about standing at a door an…

Here for Good

The Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley is Here for Good to ensure that our Jewish community thrives from dor l’dor. Good doesn’t just happen on its own. It comes from our collective dedication, to the promise of a flourishing Jewish future. It is also our commitment to intergeneratio…

Season of independence

Having recently returned from an incredible mission experience in Israel (please see pages 14-15 with more detail about the trip itself), we are looking forward to hosting a delegation of volunteers from our Partnership2Gether community, Yoav. Our Israeli partners are arriving just in time f…

The timeless search for the afikomen

When I stop to think about family traditions and how the past is reflected in our present holiday celebrations, I am struck by their evolutionary nature and the influence of the times. I am also amazed by the idea that when we sit down to seder, we are four generations coming together. How t…

The trails we blaze

In honor of Women’s History Month, I’ve chosen to write about important, inspirational, leading Jewish women. It is a somewhat difficult task when you consider how many there are who fit that role as we think about those whom we should hold in high esteem.

We can begin with our four mat…