Historic B’nai Jacob May Be Jewish Community’s Best Kept Secret

By Mary Klaus


Although it may not have a rabbi, a religious school, or its own cemetery, Historic B’nai Jacob has a rich heritage and a warm, welcoming congregation second to none.

Located at Nissley and Water streets in Middletown, B’nai Jacob stands as a testament to 117 years of…

Chisuk Emuna’s Music Series Presents Tizmoret and The Match Twins

Music has the power to lift us up, to give us strength.

Over the past several months, Chisuk Emuna Congregation has hosted free, virtual concerts as part of its Strength Through Music series.  Performances to date have included world renowned Nefesh Mountain, Rabbi Micah Music, and Rena Br…

Amid Pandemic, Kesher Israel Focuses on Root Message of Passover

By Mary Klaus


A rabbi who for the past year has led his congregation through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic says Jews celebrate Passover and the Exodus story in good times, as well as bad.

“Passover, at its core, is not a feel-good story about how G-d redeemed the Jews and e…

PSU Initiative To Bring Holocaust Teaching Tools to PA Educators

by Adam Grobman

“Four out of ten young Americans know very little about the Holocaust,” says Boaz Dvir. “Seven out of ten know very little about Auschwitz.”

With billions of dollars invested into Holocaust education over several decades, how can this be possible? And after seventy …

Beth El, Community Celebrate Rabbi Eric Cytryn

On August 23, community members congratulated Rabbi Eric Cytryn on his retirement from Beth El Temple after 17 years of service. Following a zoom program honoring Rabbi Cytryn, an in-person parade was held, giving participants the opportunity to say goodbye.

Stuart Malina, Musical Directo…