Shalom Lehigh Valley Magazine

Interfaith group has a BIG vision for Bethlehem (and beyond)

By Stephanie Goodling

In 2017, Rabbi Michael Singer of Congregation Brith Sholom in Bethlehem saw the spikes of antisemitism and hate on the national news and wanted to change interfaith relations in his city. To do so, he ended up going door to door at local houses of worship to get the co…

Finding a New Home in Allentown

By Aviva Marlin

I am a New Yorker and Evan is a Texan. Five months after we got married, the residency match placed us in Columbus, Ohio. Fast forward seven years, we have a family – a dog and two children, Gabriel and Yael – and the ability to choose where to settle.

There were sever…

Lehigh Valley Jewish Clergy Group Offers You a Warm Welcome

By Rabbi Seth Phillips

Have you talked to a rabbi recently? Not since you were 13? Services aren’t your thing?

Rabbis and cantors here are so much more than service leaders. Why not join one of us for a cup of coffee and ask the questions you’ve always wanted to ask. We’re here for t…

New Families Find Ways to Connect

The Fleisch Family

After 18 months of living in the Lehigh Valley, Eric Fleisch, his wife Rebecca, and their three sons feel more welcome here than they did in over a decade living in Boston. When they first arrived in Allentown, Congregation Sons of Israel set up a meal train where friendl…

Three Common Yiddish Words You Didn’t Know You Knew

By Rabbi Allen Juda

I have many distinct memories of my great uncle Sam. When I was a little boy, he would greet me with a strong, twisting pinch of my cheek. Uncle Sam was a Yiddishist, a lover of the Yiddish language, and our family called him, my great aunt and their eight children by th…