Parkland Press

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Teens commemorate Earth Day at Parkland Library

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

Teens commemorated Earth Day by making miniature terrariums which they constructed in glass jars April 21 at Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall Township.

Using plants, moss and layers of soil, they carefully put together their own tribute to Earth Day and enjoyed their time at the library.

The first Earth Day was in 1970, when organizers of the day started the environmental movement.

Checkin’ out the chicks

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

‘Egg-citing’ program offered at library

Early in April, Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall, received a dozen eggs from Quiver Farm, Pennsburg.

The eggs were placed in an incubator to keep warm and everyone who visited the library eagerly awaited for them to hatch. They didn’t have to wait long.

By the beginning of the second week, the eggs were hatching and the cute little brown and golden chicks came to life and were placed in a brooder box.

Library visitors were invited to give suggestions for names for the peeps.

The ideas were written on paper chicks and posted in the library.

Celebrating the Seder with the Hirsch family

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

The Jewish holiday of Passover is celebrated during the full moon of the first month of spring.

Although it is difficult to tell it is spring this year, the Hirsch family did have its traditional meal.

The special dinner, called a Seder, on the first two nights of Passover are observed to celebrate the Exodus and the release of the Jewish people from Egyptian bondage.

This year, on the second night, this reporter and husband, Sy, went to New York City, where we had dinner with my brother and his family.

There were 26 at the Seder, both friends and family.

Jordan UCC youth prepare eggs for annual hunt at church

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

The day before the March 31 Community Easter Egg Hunt at Jordan United Church of Christ, South Whitehall, volunteers were busy boiling and coloring eggs as well as filling plastic eggs with assorted candy.

Karen Shear, who has been responsible for getting the eggs ready for the event for the past six years, makes sure there are 20 dozen eggs ready to boil and gathers all the paints and colors and candy for the event.

On Good Friday, the group spent the morning in the kitchen and social hall.

Shear’s friends and relatives came out to help.

Children learn about making Matzah flatbread

Thursday, April 5, 2018 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

A Mega Matzah Bake, coordinated by Chabad of the Lehigh Valley and the Jewish Community Center, took place March 18.

Some 100 children between the ages of 5 and 13 attended.

Rabbi Eli Strasberg from Philadelphia began the program by describing the reason for the celebration of Passover, which began March 30 with the First Seder.

The rabbi, who was dressed as a baker, stood in front of a Matzah Bakery and a brick oven to speak to the children.

Temple Beth El observes Purim holiday

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

Temple Beth El, South Whitehall, recently sponsored an evening of fun to observe the holiday of Purim.

Long ago, Prime Minister Haman and King Ahashuerus decided to exterminate the Jews in Persia.

But Queen Esther, revealed she was a Jew, so when the king heard that, he had Haman killed.

At the Purim service, whenever the name of Haman is read, all those in attendance want to make noise to drown out the name Haman.

Jewish war veterans pack gift bags for Purim

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

The Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America Lehigh Valley Post 239 met Feb. 11.

Commander Sheila Berg contacted Jewish Family Services, and the volunteer coordinator, Chelsea Karp, came to the meeting for assistance in putting together 60 gift bags for the Purim holiday, which began Feb. 28.

These gift bags will be distributed to shut-ins throughout the community.

Marcia Schechter, outreach coordinator for Older Adult Services for Jewish Family Services will distribute the bags with the help from her volunteers.

Israel’s Consul General Dani Dayan visits JCC

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of Israel, and there will be many celebrations in 2018.

Consul General of Israel Dani Dayan spoke at the Jewish Community Center, Allentown, Feb. 6 to begin the first of a year full of festivities.

Eva Levitt, president of the Jewish Federation Lehigh Valley, introduced the program on behalf of the federation.

Dr. Eric Fels, board president of the Jewish Day School, introduced Dayan.

Fels spoke of Dayan’s history and long list of accomplishments.

Knit one, purl two

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

Knitting Circle meets at library to share yarns

Once a month, on the fourth Thursday between 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Parkland Community Library in South Whitehall welcomes knitters into the Knitting Circle to sit, talk and to knit or crochet.

The knitters share yarns about their projects, where they buy supplies, and other knitting tips or shortcuts.

They are a congenial group of women, who enjoy the company and conversation of others.

Kathryn Borbacs, who has been stopping by for seven years, is still knitting and enjoys meeting with the group.

Parkland librarian makes learning math fun for all

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

Parkland Community Librarian Jaclyn Hoimes recently led kids in grades kindergarten through second in some creative math games.

These very active boys and girls joined the Bedtime Math Crazy 8’s Club using materials donated by a nonprofit group for teaching creative math.

The materials are available for a group of up to 16 children.

Eleven students attended the first six Thursday gatherings of the club.

Hoimes asked the children to count the number of breaths it took for her to blow up a small ball.