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

Full Statement From Jonathan Pollard’s Attorneys

This article is reprinted with permission by The Yeshiva World News. The U.S. Parole Commission has issued a Notice of Action granting parole to our pro bono client Jonathan J. Pollard. Mr. Pollard is scheduled to be released on parole November 21, 2015. He has been in prison since November 21, 1985. We are grateful and delighted that our client will soon be released. The decision to grant parole was made unanimously by the three … 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, GetawayMavens.com; 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