Community News

JCC ECE Director Sheryl Block to Retire

By Sara Ritter

At the end of June, Sheryl Block, director of early childhood education at the Jewish Community Center, will retire after more than 30 years on the staff. As she moves toward the end of her tenure as director, Block has taken the opportunity to reflect on her time at the JCC …

Rabbi Seth Phillips to be Installed at KI

By Raymond L. Singer, M.D.

“There are great chaplains, and then there’s Seth Phillips.”

You might think this was a cordial compliment from one of the many clergy who Rabbi Seth Phillips has come to know in Allentown since arriving in 2012 at Congregation Keneseth Israel, where he is …

Holocaust Education Advocate to Receive Schiff Award

Marylou Lordi’s efforts at prejudice reduction started small – literally. She knew she wanted to help her children and others develop empathy. At the same time Lordi, a Catholic, was learning about the Holocaust while waiting in the library of her children’s nursery school at Bnai Abra…

Bethlehem's Rabbi Juda to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

By Jennifer Lader
​Editor, HAKOL

Editor's Note: Rabbi Juda will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Jewish Federation's Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the JCC of Allentown. Free and open to the community.

The house in Fall River, Massachusetts, in …

New Jewish War Veterans Commander Up to the Challenge

By Jennifer Lader
Editor, HAKOL

The Jewish War Veterans have a dynamic new Commander, retired senior master sergeant Sheila Berg. Originally from Westbury, Long Island, Berg joined the United States Air Force reserves because she wanted to serve our country and sought a challenge. She found…