October 7, 2020   Dear Friends,   The Jewish Community Alliance of Northeastern Pennsylvania is known as a leader in community building and engagement, a legacy to be proud of today and for future generations.  Your support of the Jewish Community is vitally important and greatly appreciated.   The scope of services we provide is…

Message from Gary Bernstein, CEO

September 17, 2020   Shana Tovah to everyone:   On Rosh HaShanah, (The Jewish New Year) we say “Shanah tovah um’tukah,” which means “May you have a good and sweet new year.” The greeting can be shortened to “Shanah tovah” (“A good year”). The more formal expression is “L’shanah tovah tikateivu v’teichateimu”, which means “A good year, and…

Message from Gary Bernstein, CEO

August 6, 2020 Dear Friends: Over the past few months, I am sure you have read stories of individuals and families we have been able to assist in our weekly e-blasts and through our social media platforms. These stories have been just a snapshot of the job we have been doing since mid-March when COVID-19…

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July 23, 2020   Dear Friends:   We will never forget the spring of COVID-19. We lost loved ones, we closed our schools and businesses and millions of people became unemployed.   But we have also seen remarkable resilience and leadership. Healthcare workers inspired us with their dedication, while our Rabbis consoled mourners in Zoom shivas.…

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July 3, 2020 Dear Friends: This 4th of July holiday feels a bit different—like most holidays over the past couple months have felt. But it is important to remember that, despite changed plans or cancelled events, we can always hold on to our sense of community. Here at the Friedman JCC, that’s what has kept…

Message from Gary Bernstein, CEO

June 18, 2020   Dear Friends:   On behalf of the Friedman JCC Staff and Board of Directors, we would like to thank you for your support and patience as we have continued to navigate the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. Although our doors have been closed for nearly three months, our professional staff team…

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June 11, 2020 Dear Friends: We are profoundly disturbed by the specter of racism and discrimination in this country and join with all those demanding that we live up to the principles of freedom, equality, and justice that are the cornerstones of our society. These same principles are integral to who we are. We take…

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June 4, 2020 Dear Friends: I hope this message finds you and your family in good health during these difficult times. As we recently reported, we are preparing to reopen the Illumination Early Learning Center on Monday, June 8, 2020. The Illumination Early Learning Center will be following infection control procedures recommended by the Centers…

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May 28, 2020 JCC Day Camp is a “GO: for Summer 2020! To ”GO” or “Not to GO” that is the question that the JCC Day Camp Committee has been discussing since the COVID-19 Pandemic hit our community. After weighing in on all the pros and cons of running camp this summer, the Friedman JCC…

Message from Gary Bernstein, CEO

On behalf of the Friedman JCC Board and Staff, we would like to wish you all a Happy Memorial Day, as well as a Chag Shavuot! We hope that you and your family are staying healthy and safe during these times. Please find below two exciting upcoming programs, and feel free to share these stories…