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Our Stories: Jewish Life in the Lehigh Valley

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…

A recipe inspired by local history

By Sandi Teplitz

There are so many things to see and do here in the Lehigh Valley Jewish community that contribute to our quality of life. Some of you may have heard about and visited the Sigal Museum in Easton. Located on Northampton Street, it has a rich and interesting history that needs…

A place where business booms—big or small


Ross Born considers it “beshert” that his grandfather moved his candy business to Bethlehem in 1932. Just Born Quality Confections has been here ever since, now run by Born and his cousin, David Shaffer.

Born attended the Jewish Day School, “lived” at the JCC as a kid, an…

Jewish families enjoy the pace of Valley living

Megan Hyman and her husband, Adam, were living in New York City with young children at the beginning of the pandemic, so they wanted to find somewhere with a little more open space. Luckily, her position with J. P. Morgan Chase allowed her to work from home, and they packed up and returned …

Lehigh Valley clergy wish you 'Shalom'

By Rabbi Steven Nathan

Jewish tradition teaches "each Jew is responsible for one another." We are an interdependent people. That is how we have survived and thrived over so many millennia in spite of the fact that so many have tried to destroy us.

The Lehigh Valley Jewish community certain…