Welcome to the Jewish Federation of Reading/Berks


Jewish Cultural Center

An extention of Jewish life beyond school, the workplace and houses of worship.

Jewish Family Service

Responding to the needs of a large elderly population in need of services.

Lakin Holocaust Resource Center

Providing community awareness, information, audio-visual support and education.

The Violins of Hope are coming to Reading

November 1-14, 2021.

For more information please visit www.ViolinsofHopePA.org

Literatour is a community-wide celebration in its third year with 14 exceptional events featuring authors, celebrities, and cultural influencers throughout Berks County from September 2021 to April 2022. Literatour is being presented by Jewish Federation of Reading in partnership with Exeter Community Library.


Programs will be held in-person and virtually depending on each event. All in-person events will be subject to procedures as determined by local health guidelines.

New Class!

Want to have a better understanding of the Jewish holidays, customs, and values?


The Jewish Federation of Reading is offering a 6-meeting course, to learn more about the meaning of the holidays, understand the different customs, and have a safe and open space to learn, ask questions and share experiences.


The course will take place at the JCC from 7:00-8:30 pm, on the following Mondays:

October 4th, 18th

November 1st, 15th

December 6th, 20th


For questions and registration, please email Adi or fill out the survey (click here)

Antisemitism, White Nationalism and Racism in the World Today:
A Conversation with Eric K Ward


Nov 3, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Community Havdalah

Saturday, November 6 at 7:15 p.m.

Chabad of Berks


Join us to mark the end of Shabbat with a musical Havdalah. After the service stay for desserts and listen to music come alive on the instruments from the Violins of Hope collection.

Community Shabbat

Friday, November 12 at 6 p.m.



The community is invited to participate in-person for our annual Community Shabbat service. Learn more about the stories behind the Violins of Hope collection during the service.

Reservations are required to attend the service: RSVP to RCOS office at 610-375-6034.


Kosher Shabbat meals can be pre-ordered and may be picked up from 5-5:30 pm or after 7 pm. Order online or call 610-921-0624.


Order deadline is Friday, November 5 at 4 p.m.

  • New to Reading, PA?

    We would like to welcome you with information about our Jewish Community. Your "Welcome Packet" has the most recent SHALOM publication, program guides, and other handy information.

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