Look below for news and events about experiencing Jewish Life throughout Central PA.


A two-day event focused on Ruth Kluger: Holocaust survivor and author of Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered will take place at F&M thanks to the Department of German and Russian, the Writers House, the Klehr Center for Jewish Life, and the Myer A. Siegel Memorial Lecture Fund. The reading of Still Alive and a discussion on her memoir and autobiography will take place at F&M in early April.

Reading from Still Alive

April 4


F&M; Stahr Auditorium


Craft Talk on Memoir and Autobiography

April 5


F&M; Writers House


Ruth Kluger was born into an upper middle-class Jewish family in Vienna in 1931. In 1942, she was deported with her mother first to Theresienstadt, then to Auschwitz, and later to the forced labor camp Christianstadt. In 1948, Kluger and her mother immigrated to NY City. Kluger published her memoir Still Alive in German in the 1970's and again in English in 2000. Sandra Alfers wrote on the Jewish Women's Archive, "Ruth Kluger not only recounts her childhood in Vienna and her imprisonment in three concentration camps, but also her experiences in post-war Germany and as an immigrant in the United States. The continuation of her account into the present and the coupling of her recollections with critical commentary on a number of issues make this book an unusual, even unconventional Holocaust autobiography."



On April 19, Millersville University will be a hosting a "Holocaust Memorial Night" that will start with story from a Holocaust Survivor. The evening will continue with several presentations from Millersville Faculty members who are going to be sharing their immigration experience. All the event is free, tickets are required.


April 19

6:30PM - 9:30PM

Millersville University


For more details, click here, or reserve your seat today.





Open to the public, the F&M Holocaust Remembrance Committee is having the annual Holocaust Name Reading Vigil on April 21. If you are planning to attend, consider signing up for a 10-minute slot to read the names of those who have passed.


April 21

9:00AM - 4:00PM

Franklin & Marshall College, Steinman College Center Atrium


For Yom HaShoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day, join us on two different days to honor and remember Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the Portuguese consul stationed in Bordeaux, France during World War II. The programs are free, and open to the public.

On Saturday, April 22, 7:00PM - 9:00PM in the Social Hall, we will view the screening of Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story.

On Monday, April 24, 7:00PM - 9:00PM, we will join in the Sanctuary for a Community Yom HaShoah program, sponsored by JCAL. Our guest speaker for the evening is Monique Rubens Krohn, whose mother's family received visas from de Sousa Mendes, allowing them to escape the Nazis.


Join in this informative session where Christine Baer, the Congregational Resource Developer at Church World Service Lancaster, will help us understand the current status of the crisis facing immigration and refugees in our country. Christine directly works with our community in Central PA to welcome refugees. She manages the local CWS Welcome Team program and partners teams with newly arrived refugee individuals or families from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Syria, Burma, Bhutan, and Eritrea.


April 23

9:30AM - 11:00AM

Sanctuary at Church World Service, Lancaster




Kol HaNeshama, the Harrisburg Jewish Chorus, is an activity of the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg and is currently in it's third season. The adult a cappella chorus, which is now an established part of Jewish artistic life in Central PA, was founded by Janet Frankel Staub (z"l), who while terminally ill fulfilled her long-standing dream to sing in such an ensemble. On May 21, Kol HaNeshama, directed by Marina Cherepinsky, will present a concert that features the chorus's first full program for the community and will feature Jewish music in many different forms. 


Mark your calendars and stay tuned for additional information regarding tickets.


May 21


Harrisburg JCC


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