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 second year with 28 exceptional events featuring authors, celebrities, and cultural influencers throughout Berks County from September 2020 to June 2021. Literatour is being presented by Jewish Federation of Reading in partnership with Exeter Community Library and Sinking Spring Public Library.

While this year’s Literatour season will begin virtually our goal is to resume in-person author events in 2021 as determined by local health guidelines. All programs through end of 2020 will be held virtually.


2018 documentary about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Two special shows at Fox Berkshire, 800 Berkshire Blvd., Wyomissing, PA:


Saturday, September 26, 12:30pm

Wednesday, September 30, 7:10pm

Click here to purchase tickets

Tickets are $6. Fox Theatres will donate the proceeds from ticket sales to the ACLU Women's Rights Project, which Justice Ginsburg co-founded in 1972.


The documentary is an intimate portrait of an unlikely rock star: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. With unprecedented access, the filmmakers explore how her early legal battles changed the world for women. It was chosen by the National Board of Review as the Best Documentary Film of 2018, and nominated for several other awards, including the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary and Academy Award nominations for Best Documentary Feature and Best Original Song ("I'll Fight").


Fox Berkshire is a proud participant in the CinemaSafe program, developed by the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) for movie theaters across the country to assure the public that we are doing everything possible to ensure a healthy return to the movies.

We are still here! Join our efforts to build a
virtual community.

Click the link below to stay connected.




We know that these are uncertain times and Jewish Federation of Reading/Berks is doing its part to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in our community. 


Based on the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to limit large gatherings and to practice social distancing Jewish Federation of Reading/Berks has taken the precautionary step to cancel all non-essential meetings and programs through mid-June. The situation in Berks County will be continuously monitored to ensure appropriate decisions of whether to hold or cancel future programs and meetings. 


To encourage a healthy community we invite you to learn the signs and symptoms of Coronavirus and know what to do if you are symptomatic:

* Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

* Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

* Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

* Stay home when you are sick

* Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 

* Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

* Limit movement in the community

* Practice social distancing, meaning remain out of congregate settings, avoid mass gatherings and maintain distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.


If you need non-medical assistance during this time Jewish Family Service is here to help. Please call the JCC at 610-921-0624 or email or call Bill Franklin (610-927-7136). 


The Federation offices will continue to operate during this time but the situation will be monitored with Pennsylvania and Berks County health officials. If the JCC and Federation office closes, updated information will be sent to the community. 


Please keep yourselves and your families safe by following CDC precautions to stay healthy during this outbreak. Please look for emails, our website and social media for timely updates.




William D. Franklin, President

Email: williamf@jfreading.org

Office: 610-921-0624

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