Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg

JFGH Honored by CPBJ’s Nonprofit Innovation Awards

After the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg and JCC closed its building to staff and community members in the early days of the pandemic, there were many questions to be answered.

How could this organization – whose mission is to ensure that the Jewish community of Greater Harrisbur…

Still Friends: Haverim Members Rekindle Harrisburg Connection

By Adam Grobman

Though Janice Apple Malett has not lived in Harrisburg for more than fifty years, she has fond memories of the Jewish community that she grew up in - from the Kosher bakery that her parents Bess and Moe Apple owned with her aunt and uncle Dorothy and Jerry Pollack to spendin…

JCCA, JFNA Programs to Honor Israel’s Past, Celebrate Present and Future

By Adam Grobman

Many Jews living today have always known Israel as the Jewish homeland. But as a nation that was established just 73 years ago, the anguish of loss and joy of success related to its founding still echo in Israeli society today.

“The pain is very present,” says Ayelet Sh…

Super Sunday Callers Felt At Home This Year…Because They Were

By Mary Klaus

With his loving dog keeping him company, Alex Halper looked quite at home making Super Sunday phone calls this year.

No wonder! He was at home during Super Sunday 2021, which was nothing like this day the past few decades.

The iconic desk-top phones used to call hundreds of …

Reflections on MLK Day

By Lori Rubin


When my kids were little, our synagogue began partnering with an agency that delivered meals to homebound adults. Every year for the Martin Luther King Day of Service, the Social Action and Tikkun Olam committee asked members to make pints of soup.  We had a goal of makin…