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



April 1

Musical Performance: 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

RESCHEDULED DATE: 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.

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

Musical Performance: 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 the Welcome Desk at [email protected] or by calling 610.435.3571.



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
Oldies & Elvis Musical Performance: Jeff Krick
Short Film Viewing and Discussion: Award-winning Yiddish short "Der Kish" - The Kiss
Musical Theater: Stagemakers Peter Pan Jr.

Performance: Jewish Day School Choir 

Performance: Glenn Miller Music 

Performance: Allen Chorale Music 
“The Journey of a Torah” with Speaker Jeanette Eichenwald
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