• Film Festival

    The Jewish Federation of NEPA, In partnership with The University of Scranton’s Dept. of Theology and Religious Studies presents: Film Festival Sunday August 28, 2016 Moskovitz Theater at DeNaples Hall Save when you purchase the four-pack of tickets for only $50 gran...

    August 28 @ 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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in NEPA, in Israel, everywhere in the world

The Jewish Federation of Northeastern Pennsylvania provides the critical resources that bring food, refuge, health care, education and emergency assistance to hundreds of people here in Northeast PA and to millions of Jews around the world.



Feeding the Hungry
Whether a food pantry in Scranton, to Meals on Wheels, to deliveries of provisions to Sandy victims


Helping the Elderly
Whether housing, food, activities or legal representation.


Promoting Jewish Continuity
Providing assistance to all denominations of religious schools


Enhancing Jewish Life
Through programs, news, updates, and events.


Spirited Art a Spirited Success

Despite the frigid temperatures outdoors, over 30 women participated in the Jewish Federation sponsored Girls Night Out; Spirited Art Event which took place on Monday January 11, 2016. Chairladies Leah Laury and Rebecca Tschampel, along with Dassy Ganz of the Jewish Federation set up a delicious wine and cheese buffet which included coffee, fruit and dips as well. The Federation helped defray the cost to the individual artists which encouraged the large attendance. The chairladies … Continue reading

Seventy Years After the Holocaust, Why Is Europe Again Labeling Jews?

by Michael Freund published in Hamodia, November 10, 2015 For the past several weeks, hardly a day has gone by without a barrage of Palestinian terror attacks against innocent Israelis. Fueled by ceaseless incitement orchestrated by senior Palestinian officials, terrorists have taken up knives, guns and stones in an effort to terrify and intimidate the Jewish state and instill fear among its residents. This is a clear-cut case of good versus evil, of a democratic … Continue reading

I Stand With…..

Avi Ganz November 1, 2015, 7:59 am The Times of Israel The human mind is pretty amazing.  We anticipate evil as something other than our own experience.  Sure, there are shoplifters, tax-evaders, and the Devil’s first-begotten son: double parkers, but they are not EVIL.  Evil refers to a special brand of villain; the kind one meets on a page or in a theater. We’ll never meet a real gangster — only gangsters meet gangsters. Only … Continue reading

The Great Challah Bake Comes to Scranton

Three years ago, the Jewish community of South Africa under the guidance of their Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Warren Goldstein, inaugurated The Shabbos Project, inviting all the Jews of South Africa to celebrate a complete Shabbat together. The concept of Jewish unity under the banner of Shabbat was contagious. Thousands of women gathered on the Thursday evening before the designated Shabbat and in small and large groups around the country, baked challah. Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and … Continue reading

Super Sunday 2016 Counts on Volunteers

Once again loyal volunteers came to Nivert Metal on Sunday October 11 and to the Scranton JCC on Monday October 12 make solicitation calls on behalf of the Jewish Federation of Northeastern Pennsylvania and the United Jewish Campaign. Our thanks to Lou Nivert for his yearly donation of his place of business for this worthy endeavor. Thanks as well to the office staff of the Federation for providing a delicious brunch for the solicitors as … Continue reading

Wiesenthal Center to UNRWA: When will you Repudiate Palestinian Terrorists’ Crimes Against Humanity?

Which Nation Funding UNRWA Would React Differently if its Citizens Were Stabbed, Shot, Bombed and Rammed by Terrorists? Simon Wiesenthal Center October 13, 2015 The Simon Wiesenthal Center slammed the United Nation Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for criticizing Israel’s efforts to quell barbaric terrorist attacks by Palestinians against Israelis in Jerusalem and across the Jewish State. UNRWA expressed its concern over the use of live ammunition by Israeli forces – a policy the agency … Continue reading

Elan Gardens Hosts Federation’s Major Gifts Event

Elan Gardens, Clarks Green was the venue for this year’s Major Gifts Event for the UJA/Federation fundraising campaign. Ilise Rubinow, administrator, welcomed her guests including guest speaker Gil Tamary and guided them to a private dining room to enjoy a delicious dinner compliments of Elan Gardens. Dinner conversation ranged from the political situation in the Middle East to sharing Rosh Hashanah customs and menus. After dinner the group moved to the meeting room where others … Continue reading

Above and Beyond Captivates Again

Temple Israel of the Pocono hosted the Annual Pocono UJA Dinner Event on Sunday evening September 20, 2015. About 50 people from around the Poconos joined the Jewish Federation to support Israel and Jews worldwide. Colfax Avenue Caterers delighted with a delicious buffet dinner while friends, old and new, chatted and enjoyed each other’s company. Dr. Sandra Alfonsi, president of Temple Israel welcomed the assembled and thanked everyone for their commitment to the fundraising campaign. … Continue reading

Federation Hosts Summer Movie

The Jewish Federation of Northeastern Pennsylvania always is looking for new programming ideas to bring the “family” together. So when Mel Kaplan of Stroudsburg suggested the movie “Dovid Meyer” to Dassy Ganz, assistant to the director, she decided to look into it. Mel, a congregant at Temple Israel of the Poconos, had seen the movie and had a connection to the producer/director who was good enough not to charge for the showing instead wishing the … Continue reading

Worst Day Ever?

This article was originally posted by Aish.com July 28, 2015 and is being re-posted with permission for Aish.com. A Jewish teen’s poem goes viral, sending an inspiring Jewish message around the world. by Yvette Alt Miller When Chanie Gorkin’s high school teacher asked her class to describe their worst-ever day, Chanie turned the assignment on its head – literally. Chanie told her teacher that she didn’t believe in “worst days ever” and instead wrote a … Continue reading