Maimonides celebrates 35 years with mission and events

The Maimonides Society of the Lehigh Valley is marking its 35th anniversary this year in a variety of exciting ways. 
On Sunday, Jan. 30, at 10:30 a.m. Eli Beer, president and founder of United Hatzalah of Israel, will address the Lehigh Valley Jewish community. Beer will speak about not only the origin story of his organization — the largest independent, non-profit, fully volunteer Emergency Medical Service organization providing the fastest emergency medical first response throughout Israel — but also about the connections that have formed because of it among their thousands of volunteers from all walks of life.

At this event, the Maimonides Society will also celebrate the purchase of the second ambucycle that they, with the support of the greater Jewish community, have been able to donate to United Hatzalah. The ambucycle will be on display in the lobby of the Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley. These vehicles, which are able to maneuver through traffic and bring volunteers and basic medical supplies to emergencies within minutes, save lives in Israel every day.

A special PJ Library Goes to the Doctor event for families will follow this event at 12:30 p.m. Pediatrician Dr. Nicole Rosenthal will be there to teach kids about what a doctor is looking for when they examine you.

The anniversary year will continue to be marked with a Maimonides Journey Through Israel from March 23 through April 2. This mission is open to the entire community, who are invited to “choose their own adventures” with two different tracks — biking or touring. Many activities will bring the two tracks together, and highlights of the trip will include road bike trails through different landscapes, staying in five-star hotels and resorts, a visit to the Beit Guvrin caves in the Lehigh Valley’s Partnership2Gether region in Yoav, Shabbat in Jerusalem, visiting the Western Galilee Medical Center and donating the ambucycle to honor the memory of Dr. Mickey Ufberg, z”l, one of the founders of Maimonides Society.

To attend the event with Eli Beer, RSVP by Jan. 24 to To learn more and register for the mission, visit For questions, contact Aaron Gorodzinksy at or 610-821-5500.

To pre-register for the PJ Library event, visit For questions, contact Abby Trachtman at or 610-821-5500.