When Hanukkah is about to begin at Temple Beth El, South Whitehall, the adults and children meet together to plan their ChanuCan project, which benefits Second Harvest Food Bank as well as the Jewish Family Service of the Lehigh Valley.
This project began in 2011. At Temple Beth El, the project is directed by Shari Spark, coordinator of Ritual and Services, as a project of Jewish Family Education.
Meetings were held, teams were organized and the 2019 theme selected was “Jewish Journey’s ... Let’s GO!”
Donations were accepted and cans were purchased and collected.
There is a new addition to the Jewish Community Center at 702 N 22nd St., Allentown.
Parked on the Tilghman Street side of the JCC, there is now a kosher and vegetarian food truck.
The Around the Table Catering Inc. food truck is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays, and it will be open all winter.
Owners Lee and Dror Levi will show hungry visitors the menu and help them make that special selection.
Order and wait for the meal to be prepared or call ahead and have it ready.
The fresh peach dessert contest at The Great Allentown Fair caught the eye of many bakers.
A popular contest, there were 26 entries in the competition.
Bechdolts Orchard, Hellertown, sponsored the event and the winner received $200 and a gift card from the restaurant store.
The second place winner received $150; the third place winner received $100; and the fourth-place prize was $50.
In addition, every contestant received a gift certificate to Bechdolts Orchard.
Fourth place went to Sally Newhartz from Bethlehem for her peach kuchen.
Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall Township, recently offered some summer fun for kids at their Solar Oven Tinker Lab program.
Parkland Head of Youth Services Librarian Jackie Hoimes explained how to make the solar oven using a small cardboard box which she gave to each child.
Then, she explained where to glue two squares of aluminum foil, and a sheet of plastic wrap.
And, she finally gave everyone a stick to prop open the oven.
There were more than 20 kids who were anxious to construct the solar oven and then to be able to make s’mores in it.
As a preview to Passover, a Seder was held the evening of April 15 at Country Meadows, Upper Macungie.
The Seder led by Rabbi Re’em and a teen group from Temple Beth El. All residents were invited to attend.
After an introduction to Passover by Rabbi Re’em, Diane McCready, the chaplain at Country Meadows read a prayer.
The rabbi described the food items on the Passover plate and sang while playing his guitar.
The teens read several prayers and sang with the Rabb Re’em.
This reporter went to Paris with her daughter, Leanne, for a quick weekend trip in April 2005.
We went over to see the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and, of course, the French Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral with its stained glass windows, gargoyles and flying buttresses.
We also saw the Arc de Triomphe, walked along the Champs-Elysees and took a boat ride on the Seine.
When I heard there was a fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral on April 15 I didn’t believe one of the most historic sites in Paris could be no more. And, burning during Easter week, at that.
Members of Temple Beth El, South Whitehall, and Congregation Brith Sholom, Bethlehem, recently celebrated Purim.
The congregations, of which many members wore festive costumes, came together to read the Book of Esther and joyfully use their noisemakers for the Jewish holiday.
Purim celebrates the victory of the Jewish community in Persia, led by Queen Esther and her cousin Mordechai, over a plot, formulated by Prime Minister Haman and King Ahashuerus, to murder the Jews.
Esther convinced the king not to proceed with Haman’s plan.
Once a month, seniors get together on a Thursday afternoon at Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall, to make a DIY project under the leadership of Becky Wanamaker.
Wanamaker is in charge of adult programs and services at the library.
January’s project was to make a coaster from recycled CDs.
Wanamaker handed out CDs, various fabrics and material, glue and Mod Podge.
The group of women who were engrossed in the project, enjoyed the conversation, too.
All materials are provided at these DIY projects.
The featured speaker for the Jan. 3 AARP meeting at St. Timothy’s Church, Allentown, was local poet Shirley Benz Binkley.
She read several of her upbeat and thoroughly enjoyable poems.
Before the meeting there was a social hour where members enjoyed coffee and cake and conversation.
A collection was made of nonperishable food for the Allentown Food Bank.
After the speaker, there was a business meeting conducted by President Jeanne Tilghman.
AARP Chapter 5415 meetings are held noon on the first Thursday of the month at the church.
Luther Crest Retirement Community, South Whitehall, recently hosted a gingerbread cookie decorating contest and toy drive for children.
Guests were asked to bring unwrapped toys to the Dec. 12 event.
These would be given to those youngsters served by the adoption and foster care program.
After the event, choosing the best decorated gingerbread cookie was done by online voting.
Luther Crest Chef James Lantier won the gingerbread decorating contest by online vote.
Light refreshments were served to guests.