Planting the seeds of connection with 10xChai

By Amy Zylberman
JFLV Director of Community Development

A new level of giving is creating opportunities to help the Federation bloom. Join Women’s Philanthropy’s 10xChai’s first event, “Planting the Seeds of Connection,” on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. over Zoom. Attendees will have the chance to come together with friends old and new to learn more about the interconnectedness of gardening, pollinators like birds and bees, and Judaism — and what can be done to connect with both the earth and the Lehigh Valley Jewish community.

Event chairs Tracy Sussman and Kimberly Valuntas will be joined by Janna Siller, who serves as the Farm Director and Advocacy Coordinator at Adamah Farm, part of Hazon, an organization leading a transformative movement weaving sustainability into the fabric of Jewish life in order to create a healthier, more sustainable and more equitable world for all. Siller will share how to garden and plant to benefit pollinators, like birds, bees, beetles and more:  nature’s helpers who are responsible for one out of every three bites of food. 

Attendees will be invited to visit the Washington Street Parking Lot at the Jewish Community Center on Sunday, Feb. 6 from 10 to 11 a.m. to receive a gardening gift from Women’s Philanthropy. For those who cannot drive by on Sunday, gift bags will be at the JCC front desk.

Valuntas is looking forward to reaching out to more in the community, saying, “We hope this program is just one of the ways we will reach and engage many to come together to ‘plant seeds of connection’ and form or further relationships that will empower themselves to continue their individual journeys of growth as well as recognize and continue the impact they are already making in the Jewish community as a whole.”

We hope you take this moment to contribute and to connect by joining us in planting the seeds of connection during the 60 Day Challenge!

Register at A minimum individual gift of $180 to the 2022 Annual Campaign for Jewish Needs required to attend.