From building body and mind through athletics and wellness, educating our children and youth, sparking excitement through informative programs and entertaining events, engaging young people with our famous JCC Camp and celebrating all aspects of Jewish culture and life, we’ve got it covered.
In 2019 we opened the doors of our bright new facility to the entire community. Designed to be vibrant and welcoming, our bright new 57,000sq. ft. facility features a full gym with for basketball, pickle ball, squash and other court sports, a state-of-the-art social hall for lectures and programmed events, multiple meeting rooms, catering and dining from both kosher and non-kosher kitchens, a relaxing outdoor patio, and so much more.
Special features of this new JCC include the Illumination Early Childhood Education Center, Sara’s Pantry food bank, and a Weaving Room, just to name a few.
You are invited! Please join us for a tour, meet our staff, and experience a spirit of involvement that will make you and your family feel right at home, no matter your race or religious affiliation. We’re the Center for everyone….Welcome!
To understand who we are, it is essential to look back at where we began. Please take a moment to discover our rich history and learn how we as a community met challenges, overcame adversities, and rose to become a vibrant force in Northestern Pennsylvania.
Time doesn’t not stand still…and neither do we. Click here to discover our collective heritage.
The new Friedman JCC is a state of the art 57,000 square foot energy-efficient, sustainable and environmentally-friendly facility open to everyone no matter your race or religious affiliation. The 13.4 acre Weinberg Campus is home to the Sidney and Pauline Friedman JCC and has successfully revitalized a previously long-abandoned, blighted, and deteriorating Kingston parcel. Our bright new facility is designed to be welcoming and active, featuring a full gym with basketball, pickle ball, squash and other court sports, dining and catering from both a kosher and non-kosher kitchen, a state-of-the-art social hall for lectures and programmed events; a relaxing outdoor patio, and so much more. Some highlights:
- The region’s premier early childhood education center – Illumination Early Learning Center
- The area’s only regulation size squash courts
- A gorgeous 9,000 square foot gymnasium equipped to host multiple basketball games, volleyball and pickle-ball games with ample spectator seating.
- Fully equipped exercise rooms with cardio and weight equipment, locker rooms, multiple fitness classes, sauna and steam rooms.
- Meeting and seminar rooms for groups up to 300 with the latest audio visual technology
- The Atrium Restaurant serving breakfast and lunch six days a week
- Convenient parking accessible to all, with easy pick up and drop off areas.
- Offering educational, cultural and recreational programming for children, families, adults and seniors.
Join us for a tour of this bright, new facility, meet our staff, and experience a spirit of involvement that will make you and your family feel right at home, no matter your race or religious affiliation. We’re the “Center for Everyone” and everyone is welcome!
Our warm and growing Jewish community includes nearly 2,000 affiliated Jews. We are doctors and lawyers and teachers. We are entrepreneurs, children, young adults, at-home parents, retirees and so much more. All of us make a positive difference in our Jewish community and the larger community. Many of us have lived in the Wyoming Valley all of our lives; some of us have recently relocated.
We enjoy lifestyles with exceptionally low housing and other living costs. We are within minutes of five regional universities and colleges and enjoy highly rated private and public school systems. We are within minutes of pristine state and county parks, lakes, waterfalls and rivers to kayak, canoe, fish, and swim. We are minutes from major Interstates and just 2 hours from NYC and Philadelphia proper. You’ll be leaving behind urban traffic jams and gaining access to any urban, suburban and rural pleasure within 15 minutes.
We worship at the Conservative, Orthodox and Reform synagogues. We enjoy a myriad of cultural, athletic, and religious activities at our JCC and celebrate holidays together. Our children study at both public and private schools and in after-school programs. They play together at our JCC Day Camp, the longest-operating, largest day camp in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Visit our community and see what we can offer your family! Call the Friedman JCC at 570-824-4646 to schedule your visit and tour our beautiful new 10,000 sq. foot facility!
We are both fortunate to have had strong JCC’s in our communities as children. It’s important to ‘pay it forward’ just as our parents and grandparents did. It is clear that a vibrant JCC is integral to weaving a strong fabric in our Jewish community and our Wyoming Valley community as a whole.
The building of the new Center on Third Avenue is the most important opportunity in this century to ensure a strong community. We will be able to look to the future and choose what is in the best interest for the Wyoming Valley. It will give us the ability to offer the best of programming.
As prior generations provided for us, the Friedman Jewish Community Center provides future generations a solid foundation from which to grow and prosper. This state-of-the-art Center positions our Jewish community as an important resource for the entire region.
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613 S.J. Strauss Lane
Kingston, PA 18704
Phone: (570) 824-4646
Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM