Harrisburg JCC Aquatics represented At PIAA State Championships

By MarkJoseph Kasian

On Friday, March 19th Jordan Plempel swam in the Girls 2A state championships held at Cumberland Valley High School; she competed in the 50-yard freestyle. She finished 11th out of 16th with a time of 25.01.

Jordan is a lifeguard here at the JCC, and in the summer time…

Zach Simmons Gathers Insight Into Israel Through Postal History

By Adam Grobman

Stamp collecting is a hobby that stretches back to 1840, beginning with the issue of the first adhesive stamp in the United Kingdom - the Penny Black - which featured the image of Queen Victoria.

Ever since that first label clung to common envelopes, collectors have clutche…

The Next Chapter

By Sammy Schwab

Many of my parent's friends who I bump into at the JCC all ask me, “What is next”?

My answer is astoundingly simple, "EVERYTHING!”

Everything is what is next. I may be a senior and graduating from high school, and ultimately the JCC in some respects, however, my shot…

A Year Later, Retired JFS Director Barry Stein Stands Tall Again

By Adam Grobman

In February 2020, the coronavirus was just beginning to go global. Handwashing and sanitizer use was skyrocketing, but the words “social distancing” and “ face masks” were still unfamiliar.

Jewish Family Service was preparing for its premier event of the year, a lec…

Pandemic Project: A Labor of Love

By Adam Grobman and Joan Jeffein Miller


Since the beginning of the pandemic, many of us have tried to keep busy while confined to our homes, picking up new hobbies, skills, and interests.  We’ve engaged in activities such as binging on Netflix, playing card games on the computer, pur…