From the Executive Director

Choices for the New Year

This is the time of year when we try to wipe the slate clean and begin again. It can be very emotional to look back at the year and review what you experienced. Since I’m starting over again, I’m going to talk about a sensitive topic. Please forgive me if I do offend you, but I think it…

SAD? You're Not Alone

At this time of the year, those who can afford it often spend time in warmer climates for good reason. This may be the best way of coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder (also called SAD). SAD is a type of depression that often begins in late fall or early winter. SAD may be related to chan…

Weathering Life’s Storms with JFS

I am writing an article that will be distributed in time for Thanksgiving. As I write this article, Yom Kippur is approaching. Reports of the devastating storms hitting Haiti, the Bahamas, Florida and the coast line are bombarding the news. I think of all the people who are facing the loss o…

Thanks to Our Outgoing Staff and Board

This June, JFS said “thank you” to four special people, two who left the JFS staff and two who left the JFS board. I will miss Cooky Notis, Beau Clarke, Phyllis Perkin and Rabbi Moshe Re’em. I know they will continue to be friends of JFS.

For the past eight years, Cooky Notis has pr…

Removing the Clutter

JFS of the Lehigh Valley is undergoing a facelift! Thanks to our vice president, Rabbi Allen Juda, our building is being transformed into a more appealing, updated space.  New paint, flooring and lighting have a remarkable impact on mood. Not only will our staff function better because they…