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.

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.

Adults Night Out

Thursday, September 23 at 7 pm

Whiskey in the Sukkah


Join our new Adults Night Out group for conversation and a sense of community.


For more information or to register please email Adi.

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)

We're here for you!

Click the link below for more virtual events.




We know that these are uncertain times and Jewish Federation of Reading/Berks is doing its part to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in our community. 


Based on the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to limit large gatherings and to practice social distancing Jewish Federation of Reading/Berks has taken the precautionary step to cancel all non-essential meetings and programs. The situation in Berks County will be continuously monitored to ensure appropriate decisions of whether to hold or cancel future programs and meetings. 


To encourage a healthy community we invite you to learn the signs and symptoms of Coronavirus and know what to do if you are symptomatic:

* Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

* Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

* Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

* Stay home when you are sick

* Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 

* Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

* Limit movement in the community

* Practice social distancing, meaning remain out of congregate settings, avoid mass gatherings and maintain distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.


If you need non-medical assistance during this time Jewish Family Service is here to help. Please call the JCC at 610-921-0624 or email or call Bill Franklin (610-927-7136). 


The Federation offices will continue to operate during this time but the situation will be monitored with Pennsylvania and Berks County health officials. If the JCC and Federation office closes, updated information will be sent to the community. 


Please keep yourselves and your families safe by following CDC precautions to stay healthy during this outbreak. Please look for emails, our website and social media for timely updates.




William D. Franklin, President

Email: williamf@jfreading.org

Office: 610-921-0624

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