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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The Sisterhood of Temple Beth El, South Whitehall, gathered on Jan. 21 to make fruit baskets that would be donated to senior Jewish residents of the community.
The baskets would be given during the Jewish holiday of Tu’Bshevat which occurs on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat, beginning this year on Jan. 30 at sunset and ending at nightfall on Jan. 31.
Chairs of the event were Tama Tamarkin and Miriam Zager.
The holiday is the New Year of the Trees or the Jewish Arbor Day.
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Padawans recently teamed up to solve Jedi Quest puzzles in order to be set free from the Star Wars Escape Room created inside the Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall Township.
The “room,” a darkened community room at the library, featured Star Wars background music, and doors and walls covered with hints and tips to open the “room in one hour.”
Star Wars Fans, in grades three through six were eager to take part in the Jan. 20 activity.