Gesher Names Mandy Cheskis Director of Lifelong Learning

By Mary Klaus

A beloved Jewish community educator has been appointed as the Gesher Lifelong Learning Director.

Mandy Cheskis, longtime member of Chisuk Emuna and a teacher at Gesher Religious School, will succeed Hilary Greenberg in the position beginning on July 1.

Gesher is a collaborat…

Chisuk Emuna Takes Steps Toward COVID-Era New Normalcy

By Mary Klaus

Chisuk Emuna is slowly starting to meet in person for Shabbat morning services, the first step toward a new normalcy.

After more than a year of pandemic-induced Zoom services and limited in-person brit milahs, baby namings, bat and bar mitzvahs, and other special ceremonies, …

Beth El Temple and Kesher Israel Team Up for Food Truck Celebration

by Adam Grobman

It’s been a long year. So why not celebrate its end?

As we approach the end of the school year and budget year for many organizations, Beth El Temple and Kesher Israel are bringing the community together for a delicious Kosher Food Truck Celebration on Sunday, May 30 from…

“Intro to Judaism”: A Foundation of Our Jewish Practice

By Rabbi Ariana Capptauber, Beth El Temple Harrisburg

I remember the first time I watched a house being built.

I was about 6 years old and my aunt and uncle were building a house in Long Island. My family went to visit the construction site and I was taken aback to see, instead of a buildi…

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…