2019 Year in Review

In our Inaugural year, the Adult and Community Programs offered everything from food to holiday celebrations to laughter:

  • We served 3,340 Congregate meals and continued our delicious tradition of “Chicken Thursday.”
  • More than 1,800 people in need received food from Sara’s Pantry. All the food is donated through the generosity of the Commission on Economic Opportunity and community members.
  • Michael Smerconish, radio host, tv presenter, columnist, author, lawyer, presented to a standing room only crowd at our first major program.
2019 Year In Review | Friedman JCC | The Center For Everyone
  • We asked four questions, drank four cups of wine or grape juice, munched on matzah and found the afikomen at our annual Community Passover Seder, offering a place for more than 200 people to begin the holiday.
  • In honor of Yom HaShoah, more than 200 people attended as we screened the film, “Who Will Write Our History,” produced by Nancy Spielberg which included a live Skype call to the producer, Roberta Grossman.
  • We ate and laughed with comedian Joel Chasnoff and Israeli chef Lior Lev Sercarz during “Belly Laughs,” a live cooking and comedy show.
  • We commemorated the 80th Anniversary of the St. Louis with Scott Miller of the US Holocaust Museum. JCC Board Member David Schwager shared the harrowing story of his family who were passengers on the St. Louis.
  • The Israeli Scouts performed at the JCC and at the JCC Camp. They sang and danced and introduced our Jewish and general community to the meaning of ruach, spirit.
  • Jan Kasoff, Emmy Award winning cameraman, shared stories from “Behind the Scenes of Saturday Night Live.”
  • We hosted an Israeli Scholar in Residence and enjoyed classes on the art of Israeli paper cutting.

Upcoming Events

Bread Baking With Adam Thalenfeld

When: October 20, 2021 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: The Sidney and Pauline Friedman Jewish Community Center

$20 Members | $25 Non Members Learn how to make foccacia from start to finish Tasting and take home your own loaf Snacks provided Bring your own 10″ cast iron frying pan Classes limited to…

Annual Members Meeting

When: November 14, 2021 @ 11:00 am


JCC Book Club

When: November 4, 2021 @ 1:00 pm

JCC BOOK CLUB Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett | November 4 at 1:00 Brit Bennett’s debut novel, The Mothers—about motherhood, female friendship, and finding love with a broken heart—was one of the most talked-about books…

Yiddish Class

When: November 4, 2021 @ 11:00 am

Yiddish Class November 4th | 11:00am Come share the phrases you remember in Yiddish! We need you, and we need your memories. Evelyn Orlov will facilitate the class. See you here! Any questions, call Barbara…

PAK and Friedman JCC Covid Vaccine Clinic

When: October 26, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Covid vaccine clinic for Pfizer 1st and 2nd dose and booster sponsored by PAK and the Friedman JCC We will not be offering Moderna at this time, this is subject to change based on most up…

Book Club – Florence Adler Swims Forever

When: September 23, 2021 @ 1:00 pm

“The perfect summer read” (USA TODAY) begins with a shocking tragedy that results in three generations of the Adler family grappling with heartbreak, romance, and the weight of family secrets over the course of one…

Pizza In The Hut – Fall Fest

When: September 19, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
Where: The Sidney and Pauline Friedman Jewish Community Center


911 Service of Remembrance and Resolve

When: September 11, 2021 @ 2:00 pm
Where: First Presbyterian Church Wilkes-Barre

911 Service of Remembrance and Resolve Saturday September 11, 2021 at 2:00pm First Presbyterian Church Wilkes-Barre (Sponsored by the Interfaith Council Wyoming Valley and the Wilkes-Barre Downtown Clergy) Live-Streaming Link: https://cutt.ly/wb911remembrance Join your community in…

American Red Cross Community Blood Drive

When: September 22, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Friedman JCC, 613 S.J. Strauss Lane, Kingston, Pa

American Red Cross Community Blood Drive Hosted by the Friedman Jewish Community Center Wednesday, September 22, 2021 – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm Scheduled appointments are strongly recommended. Please bring a valid photo I.D. Please…

JCC & PAK Joint Food Distribution at the Friedman JCC

When: September 3, 2021 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Where: Friedman JCC – Rear