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.



Ukraine’s estimated 200,000 Jews rely on the strong presence built up through years of Federation support that is today serving as a lifeline for the community. Through our partner agencies Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), The Jewish Agency for Israel, and World ORT, we’re there on the ground every day of the year. 




As the crisis in Ukraine escalates, thousands have come under fire in areas across the country. Thousands more have fled the fighting. Federations are planning to allocate millions of dollars to our partner agencies on the ground. Immediate and short term needs already total about $20 million, and we know the need will continue to grow.


At the border crossings, JDC and other aid organizations are operating in full force finding people lodging, food, medicine, etc. All the neighboring countries (including the entire EU) are allowing Ukrainian refugees to stay without papers in the new countries for 3 years.  


Emergency funding will focus on:

• Securing the local community and its institutions

• Maintaining critical welfare services

• Assisting internally displaced people in multiple locations

• Launching an emergency hotline

• Securing temporary housing for people in transit

• Helping people who choose to make Aliyah to Israel

• Purchasing satellite phones to maintain communications across the region 

• Securing five Jewish schools and training staff to manage crisis needs




Adi's Israeli Recipe Cookbook

You can still order a cookbook filled with Adi's favorite recipes!


Pick up at the JCC anytime.

2022 Annual Meeting & Picnic

Wednesday, June 22

5:30 p.m.

Berks Nature

Rookery Event Space

575 St. Bernadine St. Reading


The community is invited for our annual meeting & picnic dinner! 


Join us for dinner, nature themed activities and klezmer music! We will also be honoring William Franklin, who is retiring after 8 years as President of Jewish Federation of Reading/Berks and Adi Shalev, our Israeli emissary for the past 3 years.


Cost to attend is $5 and children 12 and under are free. We want the entire community to attend, so if you need financial assistance please call Jewish Family Service at 610-921-0624 to speak to Carole.


RSVP deadline is June 15, 2022.

Israeli Cooking Class with Adi

Tuesday, June 28

5:30 p.m.

Private residence in Wyomissing


Join Adi, our Shlicha, for an in-person cooking class, where we will learn how to make Israeli 'Al H'esh'!


*Number of participants is limited. Vaccination required and masks recommended.


JCC members $18, all others $27. 


Questions? Please email Adi Shalev at adis@jfreading.org 

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