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.

Puerto Rico

We flew to Puerto Rico, which a year earlier had been completely devastated by Hurricane Maria

At ISRAEL21c, it’s our mission to tell the world about the extraordinary things Israel is doing to make life better for so many people. We share stories about innovations in technology, health and environment, about fabulous places to visit and eat, but nothing quite touches our hearts as much as the work carried out by Israel’s many humanitarian aid organizations.



We accompanied IsraAID relief workers to California, providing relief to people from Paradise.

Shalom Simcha supplement

Shalom is gathering its annual list of local graduates (high school and beyond) and bar/bat mitzvahs for the current Jewish year. If someone in your family qualifies, please send a few sentences about their accomplishment and a photo to Shalom editor Mark Nemirow at marknem@aol.com.

 The deadline is April 30.

"Who Will Write Our History"

Wednesday, May 1
7:00 - 9:30pm

4350 Perkiomen Ave. Reading

$5 for single ticket

Yom Hashoah Commemoration

Thursday, May 2

7 p.m. at The Highlands, Cultural Center

2000 Cambridge Ave. Wyomissing

Join us for our annual Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration. This year's theme is remembrance and Holocaust memory. Local educator Sean Gaston will describe his trip to Holocaust sites in Europe and the preservation of Holocaust. We will also have a name reading of Holocaust victims.

 Free and open to the public. A dessert reception will follow.

JCC Israel Book Club

"The Others Within Us" Discussion

Tuesday, May 7 

7:30 p.m. in Adult Lounge of JCC


Join us for a discussion of Dan Bar-On's book "The Others Within Us" at the JCC on May 7th. All are welcome!

Israeli Memorial Day & Israeli Independence Day Event

Wednesday, May 8

 7 p.m. at JCC


The community is invited to remember Yom Hazikaron and commemorate Yom Ha'atzmaut at a joint event at the JCC on May 8th. In addition to honoring the soldiers who have given their lives for Israel we will celebrate Israel's Independence Day. 

We will be joined by Bob Cisik and his kletzmer band who will be playing Israeli music. Dancing will be encouraged! Israeli food and drinks will also be served. 


Join us at this FREE event! No RSVP necessary.

  • 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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