The Right Deal

U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright The world has been trudging through negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program since 2006, and for most of that time, the little progress that has been made has vanished quickly. Throughout the process Iranian leaders have maintained that as a sovereign nation the country has the right to continue enriching uranium and plutonium and that the program’s sole purpose is to meet civilian energy needs. Intelligence agencies from multiple countries … Continue reading

Lee Glassman “the Federation’s tour guide”

The Goodman Lounge of the Scranton JCC was the venue for a delightful evening with. Lee Glassman is originally from Scranton and now lives in Israel where he is a professional tour guide. His sweeping knowledge of the land and history of Israel is astounding and his passionate delivery takes one along on the journey of a lifetime. Lee told us the story of the original “Macha”l”- Volunteers from outside Israel- who formed the protocols … Continue reading

Jewish Federation of NEPA Marches In the “Celebrate Israel” Parade

Despite predictions of a rainy Sunday, the dedicated group of marchers from Scranton and the Poconos would not miss the annual Celebrate Israel Parade in New York City. The weather did cooperate after all and under sunny blue skies they marched down the famous Fifth Avenue waving flags and carrying the Federation banner and a parade theme banner. There were spectators among the hundreds of thousands who shouted out to us in welcome including Micah … Continue reading

27th Annual Symposium Wrap-Up (2015)

Symposium Wrap-Up 2015 (Click here to go straight to the wrap-up.) (Click on Pictures to enlarge) The 27th Annual Teen Symposium on the Holocaust, held on May 5th and 6th, was hosted at Hilton Scranton & Conference Center. Over 1,400 students, teachers, and administrators from both public and parochial schools, traveled from 26 school districts in five counties, including two schools from Sullivan County, New York. Several home-schooled children and their parents also participated in … Continue reading

Ten Offbeat Reasons To Make Scranton, PA Your Next Mini-Escape

By: Malerie Yolen-Cohen Travel Writer,; Northeast getaway expert Huffington Post: 04/20/2015 3:47 pm EDT Updated: 04/20/2015 3:59 pm EDT For the article that inspired this one click here (Please note: The Jewish Federation of NEPA does not endorse the kashruth of any of the establishments mentioned in this article) You’d be forgiven if Scranton PA doesn’t spring to mind as a vacation destination. But let’s take a second look, ok? This Anthracite-rich, coal-mining, railroading … Continue reading

Father’s Day in April

by S. Kim Glassman, April 29th, 2015 A year ago, I was visiting my grandmother in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Finding a good price, I had booked my ticket on Expedia focusing on arrival/departure times I thought would best suit her schedule. I noticed only a few days before the end of my trip, that I’d accidentally booked myself on a return flight with a twelve-hour layover in Munich. I’d never been to Germany before. And, having … Continue reading

The Jewish Federation Celebrates Yom Haatzmaut- Israel’s Independence Day- throughout NEPA

On Thursday April 23, 2015 the State of Israel celebrated its 67th birthday and the Jewish Federation helped to bring the celebration to Elan Gardens, JCC senior adult club, the Jewish Resource Center of the Poconos and Webster Towers. Each of these locations had scheduled senior lunches for that day and the Federation highlighted Israel’s Independence Day with a gift of blue and white cookies for the participants to enjoy. The Federation donated blue and … Continue reading

On Integration, Adaptation, Comfort Zones, and what is just beyond them


By Avi Ganz Originally printed on Times of Israel (Reprinted with Author’s Permission) “Rebellion against your handicaps gets you nowhere. Self-pity gets you nowhere. One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world — making the most of one’s best.” ~ Harry Emerson Fosdick Years ago, it was widely accepted that any person who was noticeably different (religious belief, skin color, … Continue reading

2014 Chanukah “Tzedakah Tzeason” warmly received

Kosher Troops

By Sara Feurst and Ava Hamburger, founders of, received our many letters, pictures and chocolates in time to send overseas to Jewish servicemen and women in time for Chanukah. Many thanks to all those who brought chocolates and letters to the Scranton JCC and to the Jewish Resource Center of the Poconos. Special thank you to Rika Shaffer and the JCC preschool for the pretty Chanukah pictures they colored. A special thank you … Continue reading

Jewish Family Service is launching its partnership with Sharsheret

Sharsheret, Hebrew for “chain”, is a national not-for-profit organization supporting young women and their families, of all Jewish backgrounds, facing breast cancer. Their mission is to offer a community of support to women diagnosed with breast cancer or at increased genetic risk, by fostering culturally-relevant individualized connections with networks of peers, health professionals, and related resources. In our local community many have been affected by breast cancer and Jewish Family Service is excited to play … Continue reading