Friendship Circle


Friendship Circle holds a weekly gathering for adults 50 years and up. All are welcome to enjoy lunch and a program. Programs vary and often include musical entertainment, special speakers, demonstrations and hands-on activities. Friendship Circle is a wonderful opportunity to connect with others in the community.

Gatherings are every Monday 11:30am - 2:00pm (Fall - Spring) and include a lunch and a program. Doors open at 11:30am, lunch begins at noon, and program begins at 1:00pm.

Price for lunch and program per person: $10
Price for lunch and program per Friendship Circle Member: $7

Annual Membership Fee: $30
Special Annual Membership Fee (in honor of the JCC's Centennial Year): $23



February 4

Oldies & Elvis Musical Performance: Jeff Krick
Jeff Krick is an award-winning Elvis tribute artist. 

February 11

Short Film Viewing and Discussion: Award-winning Yiddish short "Der Kish" - The Kiss
Dan Poresky, JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Series  President will show this short film and lead a group discussion.
February 18
Musical Theater: Stagemakers Peter Pan Jr.
Enjoy musical performances from Stagemakers Peter Pan Jr. at the JCC.
February 25
“The Journey of a Torah” with Speaker Jeanette Eichenwald
The story of a Torah scroll as it was saved from Nazi Germany and crossed the ocean to a new home.


March 4

Special Visit: The Cold Nose Lodge
The Cold Nose Lodge luxury dog center will be visiting with some of their furry friends! Enjoy some pet therapy and entertainment.

March 11

Performance: Jewish Day School Choir 
The Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley Choir will perform various songs. 

March 18

Performance: Glenn Miller Music 
Glenn Miller will perform various songs. 

March 25

Performance: Allen Chorale Music 
Allen Chorale Music (Brandon Remp) will perform various songs.


April 1

Ronnie and Gerry Gessie Duo
An exciting musical show with a good attitude. Gerry and his wife Ronnie perform good-natured comedy, music, and entertains with audience interaction. 

April 8

Hands-On Activity: Paint and Create with Kristina Cole, owner of Paint of Mind LLC
Create a 12X16 masterpiece to take home.  Just bring your creative mind, and be ready to relax and be entertained.  No experience needed.  

April 15

There will be no Friendship Circle on this day. Please visit our Nearly New Sale instead!

April 22

There will be no Friendship Circle on this day. Have a Happy Passover.

April 29

Ron Goosley Smooth Jazz Sax
Ron Goosley, the original saxaphone player for the group Jay and the Techniques will play for us here at the JCC.


May 6

Musical Performance: Muhlenberg Chaimonics
The A Capella group will entertain us with a variety of songs at the JCC. 

May 13

Musical Performance: Flutations
The Allentown-based flute choir will entertain us with a variety of songs at the JCC.

May 20

Musical Performance: Dieruff High School Jazz Ensemble
Allentown’s own Dieruff High School Jazz Band directed by Frank Disimoni will perform. The Jazz Ensemble has performed at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fischer Hall in Lincoln Center.

May 27

There will be no Friendship Circle on this day. Have a Happy Memorial Day!


June 3

Special Program: George Fennell and the Lehigh Valley Pops Orchestra
A special concert with the Lehigh Valley Pops Orchestra conducted by George Fennell.
More great programs to come! Please check back for upcoming events.

For more information, contact Amy Sams at [email protected] or by calling 610.435.3571 ext. 182.



Parkland High School Strolling Strings

Art demonstration and discussion with local artist and JCC Gallery co-chair, Lisa Fraenkel 

Coloring Klatch

Speaker: Dr. Melissa Hakim

Speaker and Demonstration: Wellness Discussion

Laugh it Up with Mary Starshine

Speaker: Rotem Bar, Israeli Cultural Emissary

Special Program: Hanukkah Luncheon

Storytelling Presentation: Cooky Notis presents "The Kosher Nostra, Jewish Organized Crime"

Bagels and Bingo
Board Games and Brunch
Speaker Julie Knight,  Planning for Long Term Care
Activity: Get With the Beat! Fun With Drumming and Music 
Special Holiday Program: Intergenerational Tu B'Shevat Seder
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