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JCC pre-K visits the JFS Food Pantry

Children from the Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley pre-K class decorated tote bags at a recent visit to the Jewish Family Service Community Food Pantry. They can take the bags to the store and bring back supplies to the pantry.

Students visit JFS several times throughout the sch…

Community Food Pantry expands hours—and need for volunteers

After the fanfare of the Community Food Pantry Grand Re-Opening last fall, the staff and volunteers at Jewish Family Service have quietly carried on the work it takes to provide supplemental food assistance to families within the 18104 zip code. And that is a lot of work! With just one part-…

Volunteer uses ‘thrifty’ approach to collect coats for kids

Imagine being a child and not having a coat for the winter, or having to wear your sibling’s hand-me-down that is too small. When JFS staff received multiple requests for children’s outerwear, they knew they had to mobilize the community. PJ Library and JFS created the “Coats & Cocoa…

JFS teen volunteer wins local award

Leyna Fleischaker started volunteering at Jewish Family Service at age 12 as part of her bat mitzvah project, but she didn’t stop giving back after the celebration was over. Now a junior at Parkland High School, the honors student still makes time each summer when she’s not swimming or l…

Local Hillels join together to prepare a special High Holiday Mazel Meal

The Mazel Meal Program is in its fourth consecutive month of supplying kosher meals to older adult clients across the Lehigh Valley. The ability to expand the program is in large part thanks to a generous increase in the allocation from the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley, along with …