Our Stories: Jewish Life in the Lehigh Valley

Close to Family, But a Home of Their Own

Dina and Dan Relles moved to Zionsville in the summer of 2016 with their four children, Aiven, Parker, Gray and Laney. Dan’s job as a pediatric surgeon at the Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital officially prompted the move, but they were “thrilled to settle in the area – one hour nort…

Family Finds New Home in Allentown

By Aviva Marlin

I am a New Yorker and Evan is a Texan. Five months after we got married, the residency match placed us in Columbus, Ohio. Fast forward seven years, we have a family – a dog and two children, Gabriel and Yael – and the ability to choose where to settle.

There were severa…

Retired Couple Finds Strong Jewish Community in New Home

Sarah and Dick Sandler moved to Bethlehem a few months shy of their 60th wedding anniversary. After living in Florida for 30 years, where their synagogue attendance and volunteering was their “focus of life,” they were looking for a strong Jewish community in their new home. They joined …

Federation Connects Couple to Community

Shortly after Howie and Rachel Levin moved to Nazareth, they took advantage of a unique opportunity offered by the Jewish Federation to travel to Israel with their peers. Upon returning, they participated in a year-long leadership development program that kick-started further involvement. Th…

Always Something to Learn: Early Childhood at the JCC


While every day brings new activities, the quality of care and richness of education remains constant at the Early Childhood Education program at the Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley.

Whether they are learning their ABCs in the classroom, playing at one of the J’s outdoor pla…