Who We Are
The JCC of the Lehigh Valley is a non-profit community center, whose mission is to build community through educational and recreational programs inspired by Jewish values. We offer a wide array of programs for children and adults of all ages, and we are open to all members of our local community regardless of background. Our goal is to create vibrancy, richness and meaning in the lives of our members and the greater Lehigh Valley community.
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The Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley sharpens the mind, strengthens the body, and inspires the spirit of the entire community through social, education, recreation, and wellness programs instilled with Jewish values, culture and traditions.
The JCC has been an integral part of the of the Lehigh Valley Jewish community since its founding in 1918. Throughout our 100 year history, we have grown roots that reside in the loving and welcoming nature of our community. The JCC has become our “neighborhood,” a place where Jewish and secular values and traditions can be shared actively in a warm, comfortable, vibrant environment.
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Here at the J we try to incorporate core Jewish values within all of our programming - something we call viewing life through a Jewish lens. They are what motivate us to strive to better ourselves and give back to our community. These values are commonly present in all cultures and societies and can be found in something as simple as children learning to share a toy or cleaning up after themselves. These core values share the importance of being kind, accepting others, and giving back to their community.
- Respect (Kavod)
- Healing the World (Tikkun Olam)
- Charity/Giving Back (Tzedakah)
- Acts of Loving Kindness (Gemilut Hasadim)
- Compassion (Rahamanut)
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The JCC of the Lehigh Valley does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The JCC welcomes people from all walks of life. While we look at our program goals and objectives through a Jewish lens, we do not discriminate on the basis of economic, racial, cultural, ethnic, religious, linguistic or physical differences. We are open to all regardless of sexual orientation or political beliefs.