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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
See additional photos on page A16.