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.

Family Volunteer Day: Helping Refugee Children

Friday, November 16

5:30 p.m. at RCOS


With your help we can make a world of difference to a refugee child currently living in Berks County.


         You and your family can get involved in the following:

  • Donate games, books, crayons, snacks, small drinks,small toys, books of puzzles,mazes, activities, backpacks
  • Assemble backpack care packages for refugee children to take on their long bus journeys across the U.S. Our goal to complete 50 backpacks**.
  • Attend Shabbat Service at 7 p.m. at RCOS and stay for the Oneg to hear about Hilde Gernsheimer's experience as a refugee child during WWII


DVD Program

Monday, November 19, 2pm
at the Highlands Cultural Center

Every Day Is Extra: John Kerry
in Conversation with Richard Stengel

Decorated veteran, US senator, Democratic presidential nominee,
secretary of state: John Kerry has lived a remarkable American life.​

Interfaith Service of Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 21 at 7 p.m.


Immanuel United Church of Christ

99 South Waverly Street

Shillington, PA 19607


All Are Welcome!


Participating Communities include: The Baha'is of Berks County, The Islamic Center of Reading, Reform Congregation Oheb Sholom, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Berks County, Wyomissing Church of the Brethren, Immanuel UCC.


"Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema"

Wednesday, November 28

7 p.m. at FOX EAST

4350 Perkiomen Ave. Reading

$5 for single ticket or $25 for series of six films

"SHALOM BOLLYWOOD" reveals the unlikely story of the 2000- year-old Indian Jewish com- munity and its formative place in shaping the world's largest film industry. When Indian cinema began 100 years ago it was taboo for Hindu and Islamic women to perform on screen, so for decades, Indian Jewish women took on female lead roles.  Infused with music & dancing, the cheekily told documentary unabashedly oozes Bollywood as it uses film motifs to drive the narrative.


  • 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.

  • Chai Circle

    18 Years of Federation Giving?
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    Chai Circle

    Join now and be recognized

    No minimum gift required
    No membership cost