‘Meaningful Mindfulness’ will connect new residents to Federation

By Amy Zylberman
JFLV Director of Community Development

Chanukah may end on Dec. 6 this year, but Women’s Philanthropy’s New in the Valley affinity group is sharing one more gift on Dec. 7, a present focusing on presence. Meaningful Mindfulness will take place over Zoom at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7, with an invitation extended to anyone who has relocated to the Lehigh Valley since 2020. Holly Hebron Moyer, a social studies teacher at JDS, will guide participants through mindfulness exercises, providing new, creative outlets to achieve mindfulness during the winter months.

Event co-chair Alli Lipson shared the value of mindfulness as the cornerstone of the program. 

“Mindfulness promotes health and healing and is so beneficial in our very stressful everyday life,” she said.

New in the Valley is an initiative connecting new women in the Lehigh Valley with the community through the Jewish Federation. Programs and events lend an opportunity for connection, which can be especially meaningful during winter.

Lipson looks forward to building relationships where she lives, sharing “The Lehigh Valley is a small Jewish community that is very close-knit. People are supportive of each other during the wonderful milestones as well as through the difficult times. That’s what makes the Lehigh Valley so special.”

Event co-chair Emily Ford hopes that “participants learn some tips on how to practice mindfulness in their everyday lives, meet other newcomers, and feel a sense of connection to the Jewish community of the Lehigh Valley.”

Participants will receive a bag with items focused on wellbeing, that can be picked up from the JCC front desk or Federation offices. Mindfulness itself can be an invitation towards meaningful Judaism, so if you’re New in the Valley, we hope to see you there.

RSVP to Amy Zylberman at amy@jflv.org or 610-821-5500 by November 30 to guarantee your bag.