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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.


Support the JCC and the 2018-2019 Reading Jewish Community Calendar!


There are two ways to support the 

Reading Jewish Community Calendar:


Individuals are invited to join the New Year's Patron listing in our Reading Jewish Community Calendar. The cost is $20 and includes a copy of the calendar. Orders are due to info@jfreading.org or 610-921-0624 by June 25.


Businesses are invited to advertise in the Reading Jewish Community Calendar. We offer full page back or inside cover advertisements for $500, a one-half page ad for $350, or a monthly 1”x7” ad for $75 per month. You may choose to advertise for multiple months. There is an option to advertise on the Business and Professional page for only $25. 

Place your ad by June 30, 2018 to receive a 20% discount! Interested businesses can contact Amanda at amandah@jfreading.org or 610-921-0624 to learn more.

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Youth Lounge


Recent focus groups participants indicated their missing the JCC building as a place to meet and the need to form a youth committee to better plan events to engage our middle school and high school youth.

As a result, we will be renovating one of the large rooms in the Berkshire office to be a youth lounge.

To make room we need to dispose of the many trophies showcased on the walls. If you are interested in claiming or having one of the trophies, please stop by the office to pick up.

Afternoon Study Session at the JCC
The Book of Judith in Text, Tradition, and Art
Thursday, June 28, 2 p.m.

Jennifer Koosed, Professor of Religious Studies at Albright College, will discuss the book she is writing with her husband, Robert Seesengood, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Albright. Although the Book of Judith is not in the Bible (except for Catholics), the story about the beautiful and pious widow who cuts off the head of the enemy general has fascinated readers for two millennia.  Professor Koosed will guide us through Judith’s story and examine some of the most important works of art that depict her daring deeds.


Summer Movie Monday

July 9 at 2 p.m. at JCC

"In Search of Israeli Cuisine"


"In Search of Israeli Cuisine" is a portrait of the Israeli people told through food. The feature length documentary puts a face on the culture of Israel, profiling chefs, home cooks, vintners, and cheese-makers drawn from the more than one hundred cultures that make up Israel today - Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Christian, Druze. A rich and human story of the people emerges.


JCC Israel Book Club

Invites you to join in reading

"Bibi: The Turbulent Life and Times of 

Benjamin Netanyahu"


Our JCC Israel Book Club will not meet until July 25th, however since this new book is quite long we wanted to give advance notice of the selected book so everyone had time to read.


Copies can be purchased at major book retailers or borrowed from your local public library.

The Jewish Federation of Reading is excited to invite you to our 2018 mission tour to Israel.

Join us in celebrating Israel's 70th anniversary year.  The mission departs December 25, 2018 and returns January 2nd, 2019.

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  • New to Reading, PA?

    We would like to welcome you with information about our Jewish Community. Your "Welcome Packet" has the most recent SHALOM publication, program guides, and other handy information.

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