From the Desk of Jeri Zimmerman

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

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…

Camp is part of our community

As the month of February begins, despite the cold weather, it’s time to think about summer plans. (Hard to believe it’s that time already!) Our focus is on the summer camp experience and encouraging others to consider this as a summer option for your children or grandchildren.

Jewish su…

Bring on 2022!

A New Year filled with the promise of fresh starts and new beginnings. It’s also a time when many people take an opportunity to reflect inward and recommit to improving their circumstances both personally and communally.

In an article by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, of blessed memory, he shared …

Much appreciated

With Thanksgiving and Chanukah just behind us and year-end quickly approaching, I am reminded of the expression “an attitude of gratitude.” This is the notion of making it a habit to express thankfulness and appreciation in all parts of your life, on a regular basis.  For both the big t…